The Bartlett

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UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment
Established 1841
Type Public
Dean Prof Alan Penn
Admin. staff 300[1]
Students 1,600[1]
Location Bloomsbury, Central London, England
Campus Urban
Bartlett School of Architecture Logo.jpg

The Bartlett is the Faculty of the Built Environment at University College London in England.[2] University College London created the first chair of architecture in 1841, and the school is named after the original benefactor, Sir Herbert Bartlett.


The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment is the UK's largest and leading multidisciplinary faculty of the built environment, covering architecture, planning, construction and project management, development planning and environmental design as well as many other specialist fields. It is particularly well known for its architecture and planning schools following the leadership of Sir Peter Cook and Sir Peter Hall respectively in the 1990s. The faculty undertakes research in the built environment, and is known for developing the space syntax theory.[3]


In 2011 the university appointed Frederic Migayrou as the new Bartlett Professor of Architecture.[4] Current professors also include Iain Borden (Architecture & Urban Culture), Adrian Forty (Professor of Architectural History), Colin Fournier (Architecture & Urban Planning), Murray Fraser (Architecture & Global Culture), Stephen Gage (Architecture & Innovative Technology), Christine Hawley (Architectural Studies), Jonathan Hill (Architecture & Visual Theory), CJ Lim (Architecture & Urbanism) and Jane Rendell (Architecture & Art).

The Bartlett's architecture provides courses are validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects,[5] and was listed as the top UK school of architecture in The Guardian's University Guide 2013.[6]


In 2011 Fulong Wu was appointed as Bartlett Professor of Planning.[7] There have been a succession of eminent Bartlett Professors of Planning at UCL including Stanley Adshead, Sir Patrick Abercrombie, Lord William Holford, Lord Richard Llewelyn-Davies, Gerald Smart, Sir Peter Hall and Michael Batty, all of whom have been associated with planning and cities in Britain and elsewhere. Sir Patrick Geddes, the father of town planning, studied physiology at the College in the late 1870s.

Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA)[edit]

Was set up in 1995 by the first Director Michael Batty who is now the Chair. The current Director is Andy Hudson-Smith. The Centre specialises in the application of new technologies to cities and regions and its current focus is on smart cities. It has just introduced a new Masters Program in Smart Cities Masters Program in Smart Cities.

The Development Planning Unit (DPU)[edit]

Prof. Julio D. Davila is the current Director of The Bartlett's Development Planning Unit (DPU) having been appointed in August 2012. The DPU focuses on the importance of sustainable and socially just planning and policy in development, particularly in the global south. It originally began as the Department of Tropical Architecture at the Architectural Association in 1954, and moved to UCL in 1971. The DPU's first Director was Professor Otto Königsberger. Subsequent directors are: Prof. Colin Rosser, Prof. Nigel Harris, Prof. Patrick Wakely, Babar Mumtaz and Caren Levy.

Construction & Project Management[edit]

Peter Morris is Chair and Head of the School of Construction & Project Management.[8]

Notable academics[edit]


  1. ^ a b About Us, The Bartlett.
  2. ^ "UCL Bartlett voted best UK school of architecture – again". University College London. 2 June 2009. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ Hinde, Julia, Londoners develop own space craft, Times Higher Education Supplement, 17 April 1998.
  4. ^ Press release, University College London, 19 January 2011.
  5. ^ RIBA Schools validation list, 2010.
  6. ^ "University guide 2013: league table for architecture". The Guardian. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Building Design 14 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Contacts". The Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management, University College London. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 51°31′33″N 0°7′58″W / 51.52583°N 0.13278°W / 51.52583; -0.13278