University Urbanism: Campus Development and Urban Regeneration

  • 7.5 hours
  • 1 day
  • 22 September 2017


This one-day course will examine specific industry challenges in university-led urban regeneration.

It will look at how to engage with and contribute to wider urban regeneration goals, positioning universities as ‘anchor institutions’.

You'll learn how:

  • universities can maximise investment value in their estates while also enhancing university-city relationships
  • universities, planners and design consultants can communicate with each other and with communities effectively to achieve the best development outcomes

You'll have access to evidence-based case study research and data on university campus development in urban environments.

You'll also benefit from personal insights from experienced professionals and practitioners in this under-researched field.

This course is run by UCL's Urban Laboratory.

Course content

The course will focus on three key issues:

  • Selecting sites and creating partnerships and long-term relationships between universities and other urban actors, e.g. city councils, businesses and community stakeholder groups
  • Universities as clients: visioning processes and briefing masterplanners and architectural consultants; academics and students as key stakeholder groups in university development
  • University space: what kinds of buildings and spaces do universities need, and how do they form connections with the wider urban environment?


The course combines lectures, discussion and individual and group exercises, as well as a site visit.

Case studies will be used to illustrate general principles and introduce innovative ideas. 

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for:

  • property developers and consultants
  • university estates professionals
  • town and city planners
  • masterplanning firms
  • architectural practices

The course will allow you to network with a wide range of professionals from the urban and university sectors, encouraging professional knowledge exchange.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you'll be able to:

  • recognise key issues in university development and contextualise these within a wider discussion around urban regeneration
  • incorporate evidence-based arguments into design approaches
  • justify innovatory approaches to university development
  • critique development processes by reference to current academic research
  • demonstrate knowledge and refer to a number of comparative case studies


You'll receive a UCL certificate of participation on completion of the course.

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Course team

Dr Clare Melhuish

Clare is Co-Director and Senior Research Associate in the UCL Urban Laboratory. She's working on the role of university spatial development projects in urban regeneration and the production of cosmopolitan urbanism in the UK and abroad. Her background is in architecture and anthropology, and she's worked both within and beyond the academic context, drawing on many years experience as a journalist, author, and curator in architecture and design.

Professor Alexi Marmot

Alexi is Professor of Facility and Environment Management at UCL, and leading on the establishment of a new Bartlett Global Centre for Learning Environments. She's an internationally acknowledged expert in the design, management, and use of places for work and learning. Director of consultancy firm AMA, she's spent the last thirty years exploring how people use space, how buildings operate in practice, and how to create buildings that really work for the organisations that inhabit them.

Professor John Goddard OBE

John is Emeritus Professor of Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University. He was Deputy Vice Chancellor until his retirement in 2008, during which time he had special responsibility of the university’s city and regional engagement. As NESTA Fellow, he authored the 2009 'Re-Inventing the Civic University', and in 2013 co-authored 'The University and the City'.

Euan Macdonald

Euan is a partner at Hawkins\Brown and leads a team of 20 architects and designers, working on a range of projects across the education, residential and cultural sectors. He recently led the completion of the Bartlett School of Architecture building project.

Dr Ben Campkin

Ben is author of 'Remaking London: Decline and Regeneration in Urban Culture' (I.B. Tauris, 2013), which won the Urban Communication Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Award in 2015. He's Director of UCL’s Urban Laboratory and represents the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment in leading a collaborative academic proposal on cities for UCL’s new campus in east London. He formerly chaired the UCL East Academic Challenge Panel, which sought to connect academic expertise on cities and the built environment with the campus development.

Dr Georgiana Varna

Georgiana is Lecturer in Planning and Urbanism at Newcastle University. She's developing a multifaceted theoretical framework that looks at the university campus and its innovation district through several perspectives: urban design and place-making, real estate development with a focus on networks, IOT & the 'smart' city, and meaning/sense/use of place. She's involved in a team looking at the University of Glasgow's campus redevelopment, which will act as an anchor for a new innovation quarter in the West End.

Richard Meier

Richard is a partner at Argent and has worked primarily on the King’s Cross redevelopment, where he's responsible for coordinating and delivering some £600 million of projects, including major residential, retail, public realm and infrastructure projects. Notably, Richard oversaw the delivery of the new £155 million campus for Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London).

Course information last modified: 26 Jul 2017, 10:42