QUCL - Research on Sexual and Gender diversity at UCL


Inclusive Spaces: Queering Public Space

08 June 2022, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Bartlett Inclusive Spaces logo

In Queering Public Space UCL Bartlett explore the relationship between queer communities and public spaces and address the concept of ‘designing in diversity’.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment

Join our expert panel of speakers as they discuss how – by considering diversity at early stages of design and planning – public spaces can become more accessible to marginalised and disempowered groups.   

Despite the emergence of queer enclaves in many cities across the world, there is still an urgent need to rethink the development of safe public spaces. The rise in hate crimes in recent years calls for interventions which increase inclusion and acceptance of marginalised groups, not least LGBTQ+ people, and create more welcoming, hospitable environments for all members of these communities.   

In Queering Public Space, a session run in collaboration between Arup and the University of Westminster, our panel will address these issues and question: 

  • What are the key characteristics that contribute to queering public space? 
  • How can we protect what remains of queer memory in our cities? 
  • How can we move beyond the ‘gayborhood’ towards creating public spaces for all?  

Led by The Bartlett Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) group, the Inclusive Spaces monthly series presents the latest research and ideas from The Bartlett’s world-leading thinkers on all dimensions of diversity in the built environment. 

About the Speakers

Mei-Yee Man Oram

Access and Inclusive Environments Lead at Arup

Mei-Yee Man Oram is a Consultant Member of the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC), an International Access Consultant under the CPABE certification and is also a WELL Community, Homes and Health Equity advisor for the International WELL Buildings Institute, helping to shape healthier spaces for all.  

More about Mei-Yee Man Oram

Dr Ammar Azzouz

Architect at Arup

Dr Ammar Azzouz is a London-based architect and a short-term Research Associate at the University of Oxford. He is an editor at Arab Urbanism, and a collective member of City Journal. Ammar has written several articles which have been published on platforms including The Independent, New Statesman, and The Architects’ Journal. 

More about Dr Ammar Azzouz

Pippa Catterall

Professor of History and Policy at University of Westminster

Pippa Catterall is Professor of History and Policy, Chair of the George Lansbury Memorial Trust, a member of the London Historic Environments Forum, and co-editor of the journal National Identities. In addition to her extensive publications on various aspects of British history and contemporary policy, she has written widely about her experiences as a trans woman, queer heritage and (mis)representations of history and identities in public space.  

More about Pippa Catterall

Dr Scott Allan Orr

Lecturer at UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage

Dr Scott Allan Orr is primarily researching the intersection of climate change and cultural heritage. Scott is also on the committee of the LGBTQ+ STEM @ UCL Network.

More about Dr Scott Allan Orr