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Prof Alan Penn
Room 6.02
Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place
London
WC1H 0NN
Appointment
  • Professor in Architectural and Urban Computing
  • Built Environment Faculty Office
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Role
Dean,Head of Department
 
 
Biography

Alan is the Dean of the Bartlett faculty of the Built Environment, a HEFCE Business Fellow and a founding director of  Space Syntax Ltd,  a UCL knowledge transfer spin out with a portfolio of over 100 applied projects per year, including whole city masterplans, neighbourhood development plans and individual buildings. He is a member of the Space Group, an EPSRC Platform funded research group. He was the founding Chair of the RIBA’s Research and Innovation Committee, and served in that role until 2006. He was Chair of the Architecture & the Built Environment sub-panel 30 for the UK National Research Assessment Exercise 2008, and a member of its Main Panel H. He is the Chair of the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning sub-panel 16 and a member of Main-panel C for the Research Excellence Framework 2014. He was the lead academic on the £5m  Urban Buzz: Building Sustainable Communities  knowledge exchange programme which promoted more sustainable forms of urban development and intensification in London and the greater South East Region of the UK. He was Principal Investigator on the  City History and Multi-scale Spatial Master-planning  UK-China Research Network, 国际研究网络:城市历史与多尺度的空间整体规划, funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, will develop UK-Chinese academic research collaboration. He is a trustee of the  Shakespeare North Trust   and of the  Institute for Sustainability.

Research Summary

His research focuses on understanding the way that the design of the built environment affects the patterns of social and economic behaviour of organisations and communities. How is it that architecture and urban design matter for those that inhabit them? How is it that the spatial design of cities and neighbourhoods leads to the generation of cultural and community identity? Under what conditions do vital and thriving creative communities occur, and under what conditions does crime and urban malaise develop?

In order to investigate these questions he has developed both research methodologies and software tools. These are known as ‘space syntax’ methods. Current research includes the development of agent based simulations of human behaviour, the development of spatio-temporal representations of built environments, investigations of urban spatial networks and the application of these techniques in studies of urban sustainability in the broadest sense, covering social, economic, environmental and institutional dimensions.

Appointments
2009 Dean The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment UCL, United Kingdom
2007 Director and Trustee   Shakespeare North Trust, United Kingdom
2003 Professor of Architecture and Urban Computing   UCL, United Kingdom
2003 – 2006 Director UCL Consultants Ltd. UCL, United Kingdom
2001 – 2005 HEFCE Business Fellow   HEFCE, United Kingdom
1999 – 2003 Reader in Architecture and Urban Computing   UCL, United Kingdom
1997 Director Virtual Reality Centre for the Built Environment UCL, United Kingdom
1996 – 1999 Senior Lecturer The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment UCL, United Kingdom
1993 – 1996 Course Director MSc. Architecture The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies UCL, United Kingdom
1989 – 1993 Lecturer MPhil. and BSc. courses The Bartlett School of Planning UCL, United Kingdom
1987 Director Space Syntax Ltd. UCL, United Kingdom
1987 – 1989 Lecturer MSc. Advanced Architectural Studies The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
1986 – 1988 Design Tutor The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
1985 – 1989 Independent Consultant, Research Manager   t2 Solutions Ltd., United Kingdom
1985 – 1989 Independent Consultant, Research Manager   Department of Education and Science, United Kingdom
1985 – 1989 Independent Consultant, Research Manager Unit Architectural Studies UCL, United Kingdom
1984 – 1985 Research Placement Seconded by NETRHA to the Unit for Architectural Studies UCL, United Kingdom
1980 – 1984 Assistant Architect Architects Department North East Thames Regional Health Authority (NETRHA), United Kingdom
1979 Site Engineer   Trollope & Colls, Trafalgar House Group, United Kingdom
1978 – 1979 Architectural Assistant   Robert Matthew Johnson Marshall, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1983 MSc Master of Science University College London
1980 DipArch Diploma of Architecture University College London
1978 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) University College London
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