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The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment
Bartlett Summer Show 2017 03.jpg
Parent institution
University College London (UCL)
DeanProf Alan Penn
Administrative staff
51°32′N 0°08′W / 51.53°N 0.14°W / 51.53; -0.14Coordinates: 51°32′N 0°08′W / 51.53°N 0.14°W / 51.53; -0.14

The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment (The Bartlett) is the Faculty of the Built Environment of University College London (UCL), part of the University of London in England. It is home to the Bartlett School of Architecture and The Bartlett School of Planning, two of the leading architecture and urban planning schools in the world. The Bartlett is ranked first in the world in Architecture / Built Environment in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.[2][3][4]


University College London created its first chair of architecture in 1841, making The Bartlett the first architecture and built environment school established in the UK. A Chair in Planning was created at UCL in 1914 and The Department of Urban Planning then merged with the School of Architecture.[5] The faculty was named The Bartlett in 1919 when the original benefactor, Sir Herbert Bartlett consented to his name being given to the department.[5] It is currently one of UCL's 11 constituent faculties.[6]


The school has two London sites, the UCL campus in Bloomsbury and Here East at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. On the UCL campus, The Bartlett Faculty and The Bartlett School of Architecture are based at 22 Gordon Street since 2016, which was built around the retained structure of the old building, Wates House.[7] Five of The Bartlett's departments (the School of Planning and Institutes of Sustainable Resources, Sustainable Heritage, Environmental Design & Engineering and the Energy Institute) and it's library are located in Central House.[8] The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management is housed in 1-19 Torrington Place.[9] The Bartlett Development Planning Unit is located in 34 Tavistock Square.[10] In 2017, The Bartlett and UCL Engineering expanded into new facilities at Here East, on the site of the London Olympics Media Centre.[11]


The Bartlett Summer Show in 2017

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.[12] The current Dean is Alan Penn (Professor in Architectural and Urban Computing), who is founding Director of the Space Syntax Network.[13]

The Bartlett School of Architecture[edit]

In 2011 the university appointed Frédéric Migayrou as the new Bartlett Professor of Architecture.[14] Current professors also include Iain Borden (Professor of Architecture & Urban Culture), Mario Carpo (Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural History and Theory), Nat Chard (Professor of Experimental Architecture), Adrian Forty (Professor of Architectural History), Murray Fraser (Architecture & Global Culture), Stephen Gage (Professor of Architecture & Innovative Technology), Jonathan Hill (Professor of Architecture & Visual Theory), CJ Lim (Professor of Architecture & Urbanism) and Jane Rendell (Professor of Architecture & Art). The Director of the School of Architecture is Bob Sheil, Professor of Architecture and Design through Production.

The Bartlett School of Architecture courses are validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects.[15] The school has been rated by the Architects' Journal as the best architecture school in the UK for the past 11 years,[16] and consistently ranks in the top in the Guardian university league tables for architecture.[17][18][19][20]

In 2013, the research publication Survey of London moved from moved from English Heritage to join the School of Architecture.[21] The School also houses the Space Syntax Laboratory, the international Centre of the theory and methodology of space syntax.[22]

The Bartlett School of Planning[edit]

In 2011 Fulong Wu was appointed as Bartlett Professor of Planning.[23] 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, Michael Batty and Matthew Carmona, 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.

The Bartlett Development Planning Unit[edit]

The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU) was founded in 1954 by Otto Königsberger. Formerly the Architectural Association Department of Tropical Studies, it was absorbed by UCL and joined The Bartlett Faculty in 1971. In the early 1990s, Prof Caren Levy established the Gender Policy and Planning Programme, one of only four internationally recognised programmes addressing gender inequality in this period.[24] It runs a doctoral research programme leading to the award of PhD, six one-year master's degree courses and a professional Postgraduate Diploma. The current Head of the DPU is Professor Julio Davila, and the previous one was Professor Caren Levy. The DPU is the founding partner of the Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality consortium with contributors across nine countries that aims to make cities fairer.[25]

The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis[edit]

The Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) was set up in 1995 by the first Director Michael Batty who is now the Chair. The current Director is Adam Dennett. The Centre specialises in the application of new technologies to cities and regions and its current focus is on smart cities. It has introduced a new masters program in smart cities.[26]

The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management[edit]

Duccio Turin founded the Building Economics Research Unit at UCL in the 1960s and The Bartlett ran a masters and undergraduate degrees in building economics and management in the early 1970s, which are still running to this day. Peter W.G. Morris (Emeritus Professor of Construction and Project Management), author of The Management of Projects, founded The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management in 2002. The school has expanded considerably since its conception and now has over 80 members of staff. D'Maris Coffman (Professor of Economics and Finance of the Built Environment) is the current Director. Other notable academics include Andy Davies (Professor in the Management of Projects), Andrew Edkins (Professor of the Management of Complex Projects and Director of The Bartlett Real Estate Institute), Peter Hansford (part-time Professor of Construction and Infrastructure Policy), Jim Meikle (part-time Professor of the Economics of the Construction Sector), Stephen Pryke (Professor of Supply Chain and Project Networks), Hedley Smyth (Professor of Project Enterprises), Tim Broyd (Professor of Built Environment Foresight) and Jacqueline Glass (Professor of Construction and Project Management).[27][28]

The Bartlett Real Estate Institute[edit]

The Bartlett Real Estate Institute was launched in the faculty in October 2018. The Institute is Directed by Andrew Edkins, Professor of the Management of Complex Projects and formerly Director of The Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management. Yolande Barnes, formerly Director of World Research at Savills, holds the Chair.[29] In 2019 the Institute will run a new masters programme in healthcare facilities which will be the first of its kind in the UK.[30]

UCL Energy Institute[edit]

The UCL Energy Institute was set up by the Provost of UCL in June 2009 as cross-faculty initiative within the built environment, to unify and strengthen research and teaching efforts in the field of energy.[31] The founding Director was Tadj Oreszczyn (Professor of Energy and Environment). Neil Strachan (Professor in Energy Economics and Modelling) is Director of the Institute. The Institute is home to the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology and the London-Loughborough Centre for Doctoral Training.[32]

UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering[edit]

The UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering was formally established in 2014, however Richard Llewelyn-Davies had introduced Building Science to The Bartlett in 1960, and Ralph Hopkinson was appointed the first Chair in Environmental Design and Engineering in 1965. Around one third of the UK's lighting design community have completed the MSc Light and Lighting at UCL, which was established in 1987.[33] The current Director of the Institute is Dejan Mumovic (Professor of Building Performance Analysis).

UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage[edit]

The Institute for Sustainable Heritage (formerly the Centre for Sustainable Heritage) was established by its Director May Cassar (Professor of Sustainable Heritage) in 2001.[33] May Cassar also Directs the Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA), a partnership between UCL, University of Oxford, and University of Brighton. SEAHA trains students with heritage, industry and policy partners via a research-based masters and doctorate programme.[34]

UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources[edit]

The UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources was launched in 2011, as part of an agreement with founding contributor BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities.[35] Paul Ekins (Professor of Resources and Environment Policy) is the Director, and Raimund Bleischwitz is Chair in Sustainable Global Resources.

UCL Institute for Global Prosperity[edit]

The UCL Institute for Global Prosperity was launched in 2014 by founding Director Henrietta Moore, who also holds the Chair in Culture, Philosophy and Design.[36] The Institute leads The RELIEF Centre in collaboration with the American University of Beirut and the Centre for Lebanese Studies.[37]

UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose[edit]

The UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose was established in October 2017 by founding Director Mariana Mazzucato (Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value).[38] Rainer Kattel (Professor of Innovation and Public Governance) is the Deputy Director. Visiting Professors include Charles Leadbeater, Francesca Bria and Ian Hogarth.[39] Brian Eno, James K. Galbraith, Jayati Ghosh, Stephanie Kelton, Hermann Hauser, Roly Keating, Hadeel Ibrahim, Cornelia Parker, Roger Martin, Carlota Perez, and Jeffrey Sachs sit on the Advisory Board.[40]

UCL Urban Laboratory[edit]

Established in 2005 as a university wide initiative, UCL Urban Laboratory is a cross-disciplinary centre for urban thinking, teaching, research and practice.[41] The centre co-operates with four UCL departments: The Bartlett, Engineering Sciences, Social and Historical Sciences, and Arts and Humanities.[42] Its Director is Clare Melhuish.

UCL Robotics[edit]

UCL Robotics is a cross-faculty initiative to develop a world-class teaching and research platform in Robotics and Autonomous Systems. It operates within the faculties of Medical Sciences, Engineering Sciences and The Bartlett, and is based at Here East.[43]

UCL Bartlett Library[edit]

The UCL Bartlett Library houses books, journals and DVDs.[44] These include a variety of built environment databases, e-resources and books.[44]

The Library was originally located in Wates House but was relocated to Central House in 2014. The new premises were designed by Hawkins\Brown.[45]

Notable academics[edit]


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