Short courses


Cultural Infrastructure

  • 22 hours
  • 15 weeks
  • 27 Jan 2022


This 15-week face-to-face course will help you critically understand the relationship between culture and the built environment. You'll also learn how to and design cultural infrastructures that respond to this understanding.

It's a cross-disciplinary course that works on the intersection between architecture, urban design, cultural and artistic production.

The course involves a series of lectures and a design studio. You can choose to attend both parts or just the lecture series.

This course is run by The Bartlett School of Planning. It's taught by world-renowned author Richard Sennett and his co-author Pablo Sendra.

Who it's for

This course is for anyone with a background in architecture, urban planning, art, design or cultural production.

If you plan to attend the design studio, you should have some design skills.

Course content and structure


There'll be 8 one-hour sessions. Each will involve a talk followed by a seminar debate.

The lectures explore in depth the process of designing cultural infrastructure, with guest lectures from relevant professionals.

Half of the sessions focus on the site we are working on (it's history, present and future). The other half will be about labour, inequalities and the production of culture.

Design studio

The design studio will run over 7 sessions of two hours each.

The design studio works as laboratory to explore alternative models of cultural infrastructure and how to translate them into tangible urban and architectural forms.

You'll work on a particular place in London and develop proposals to transform it into a cultural infrastructure. You'll create drawings and physical models to present your ideas.

On the last week of the design studio, you'll present your projects to an audience of tutors, external guests and practitioners.


If you attend the design studio, you'll be assessed on your group project. You'll not receive a numeric mark, but will receive formative assessment while taking the course and at the final presentation.


You'll receive a certificate of completion, stating the number of hours you have engaged, which you can use as CPD.

Learning outcomes

This course will help you:

  • debate how different forms of cultural production can manifest in cities
  • assess to what extent existing places work as cultural infrastructure
  • design architectural and urban proposals that transform a place into a cultural infrastructure
  • create models and drawings to present your proposals

Dates and times

Lectures: Thursdays, 7pm to 8pm. From 27 January to 24 March 2022 (no session on 17 February).

Design studio: Tuesdays, 2pm to 4pm. From 26 April to 7 June 2022.

Costs and concessions 

The standard fee for this course is:

  • £595 for full course
  • £295 for lectures only

For UCL students, alumni and staff the fee is:

  • £195 for full course
  • £95 for lectures only

To receive a discount code, email Anthony Grout (anthony.grout@ucl.ac.uk) with evidence that you are a UCL student, alumnus or member of staff.

Course team

Professor Richard Sennett

Professor Richard Sennett

Richard is Honorary Professor at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, and Senior Advisor to the United Nations on its Program on Climate Change and Cities. Over the course of the last five decades, he's written about social life in cities, changes in labour, and social theory. His books include The Uses of Disorder, The Hidden Injuries of Class, The Fall of Public Man, The Corrosion of Character, The Culture of the New Capitalism, The Craftsman, and Building and Dwelling.

Dr Pablo Sendra

Dr Pablo Sendra

Pablo is an Associate Professor at The Bartlett School of Planning, an architect and an urban designer. He combines his academic career with professional work through his own urban design practice, LUGADERO, which focuses on facilitating co-design processes with communities. At UCL, he's the Director of the MSc Urban Design and City Planning Programme and the Coordinator of the Civic Design CPD. He’s co-author of Designing Disorder and Community-Led Regeneration, and co-editor of the book Civic Practices.

Nikolett Puskas

Nikolett Puskas

Nikolett is a Research Assistant and PhD Researcher at the UCL Institute of Global Prosperity, working on collaborative infrastructures for just, ecological and transformative urban design.

Course information last modified: 9 Dec 2021, 09:49