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Professor Christoph Lindner announced as new Dean of The Bartlett

13 March 2019

The Bartlett, UCL’s global faculty of the built environment, has announced Professor Christoph Lindner as its new Dean - in the year that The Bartlett marks its 100th anniversary.


Professor Lindner will be the 14th Dean of the faculty and will succeed the current Dean Professor Alan Penn when he officially takes up the post on September 1, 2019. The news comes the week after The Bartlett was announced as No.1 in the world to study architecture and the built environment in the QS World Rankings by subject. 

The appointment was made following a worldwide search and a competitive interview process. Professor Lindner is currently Dean of the College of Design at the University of Oregon and is renowned for his research in the areas of globalisation and gentrification, brutalist architecture, creative urbanism, and the rise of elevated parks in post-industrial cities.  

Professor Lindner said: “The Bartlett is unique for bringing together the most radical and advanced thinking on all aspects of the built environment. It is an exciting time for the faculty which has just been ranked as the top institution in the world for architecture and the built environment and is celebrating the centenary of The Bartlett name.

“I am thrilled and energised to be joining an innovative academic community committed to shaping a fairer and more prosperous future for cities and societies across the world.”

Professor Michael Arthur, UCL’s President and Provost, said: “We are delighted to welcome Christoph as the incoming Dean at this important time for the faculty.

“In recent years, the Bartlett has grown to become the most comprehensive built environment faculty in the world, recognised for the quality of its research, teaching and external engagement. It has the capacity to profoundly shape the way people around the world perceive and interact with the built environment.

“I would also like to pay tribute to Alan Penn. Over the past-10 years, The Bartlett has cemented its position as a world-leader and its recent success is down to the leadership Alan has provided.”

During his time as Dean, Professor Penn has more than doubled the number of degree programmes available to study, with over 3500 students currently enrolled. The number of staff has doubled during this time and the faculty has grown five-fold in terms of income.

Professor Penn has also overseen the biggest estates growth within The Bartlett with the refurbishment of 22 Gordon Street and the opening of a new fabrication and experimental space at Here East – the first presence on the Olympic Park for UCL.

The Bartlett has also established its commitment to ensure that the built environment is diverse and representative by launching the Accelerate programme with Open City and appointing the first Vice-Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at UCL.

Professor Lindner will lead the 12 schools and institutes that make up The Bartlett, and will be tasked with leading key future objectives for the school. These include establishing a UCL Energy Impact Accelerator programme, encouraging and supporting cross-disciplinary practice, maximising opportunities for cross-disciplinary work at Here East, playing a key role in UCL East, and a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion.



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