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Dr Filipa Wunderlich
Room 6.22
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14 Upper Woburn Place
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  • Associate Professor
  • The Bartlett School of Planning
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Filipa Matos Wunderlich is Associate Professor in Urban Design and Director of the unique cross-faculty research programme MRes IdUD - Interdisciplinary Urban Design, at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. She is former co-designer and director of the MSc Urban Design and City Planning in the same institution. She is also the module coordinator and lead of the MSc SU and UDCP Major Research Projects (research by design final projects). Prior to becoming a Lecturer in 2010, Filipa was a research associate at the Bartlett, following the completion of her PhD. Filipa has an interdisciplinary background. She is an architect, urban designer, musician and academic, and cross-exploring her interests in urban place, design and the performative arts. Before engaging with academia she worked as a chartered practitioner in Architecture and Urban design in at KCAP, Kees Christiaanse Architects and Planners, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Filipa trained as an architect at FAUP (Faculty of Architecture of University of Porto), and TUDelft, Faculty of Architecture (Technical University of Delft). She also trained as a performer classical musician in the Conservatorium of ArtEZ Institute of Arts, The Netherlands.

Research Summary

Filipa's key research interests include temporality in urban places, urban rhythms, and place-rhythmanalysis, temporal heritage(s), and the wider theory and practice of temporal urban design. She has furthermore a unique interest on sensory and performative urbanisms and affect in the city, also the interface of urban and musical aesthetics, urban music cultures and development. Filipa also works in the field of gender neutral urban design, and the design of alternative hybrid typologies in the contemporary city. Core to Filipa research is the synergy between theory and practice; and both theory, methodological innovation in the field of urban design. 

Before becoming a lecturer Filipa was research associate for the ESRC-funded project "Global Place Contested Space? The case of the new London squares", from which derived the co-authored seminal book “Capital spaces: the Multi-complex Spaces of a Global City”. Filipa on-going research is the temporal dimension of urban design, including conceptualisations, methodological perspectives and situating its practice; also on the impact of gender in urban design current focus and practice. 
Key research contributions include Walking and Rhythmicity: sensing urban space, 2008, (for Journal of Urban Design), Place-temporality and urban place-rhythms in Urban Analysis and Design: an aesthetics akin to music, 2013 (for Journal of Urban Design), and, Place-temporality and rhythmicity: a new aesthetics and methodological foundation for urban design theory and practice, in Carmona, M. 2014 (for Ashgate Publishers), and Temporal(ities): A New Perspective into the Design of Time, Rhythm, and Atmosphere in Urban Places, in Koch M, et all (eds.) New Urban Professions, 2018, for JOVIS Publishers. Filipa forthcoming publication is on Place Temporality: Time, Rhythm and Urban Design, 2021, (for Routledge). Filipa is a regular keynote at academic events. Invited talks include: 'Urban Emotions' at Co-Lab Walk my City Free, online series, Lisbon 2020, 'Temporalities of Nostalgia', Beirut Design Week 2019, 'The Ephemeral City' at Crafting Sonic Urbanism Colloquium, Paris 2018, 'Temporality and Rhythmicity in Urban Design'  at Anxious City Festival, Rotterdam 2018, and 'Every Second In-between' Public Talk and Exhibition Opening, Royal College of Art, London 2018. She is an academic referee for well-known International Journals (Journal of Urban Design, Urban Design International, Urban Studies, Ambiances International Journal, International Planning Studies, and others), and book publishers (Built Environment Routledge, and RIBA Publishers). Filipa sits on the FCT (Portuguese Sciences and Technology Research Council) Research Evaluation Panel, and A3ES (Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education) Accreditation Panel.

Teaching Summary

Filipa has been programme director of three different Urban Design master programmes at the Bartlett, MSc Planning Design and Development (MSc PDD) 2011-2014; MSc Urban Design and City Planning (MSc UDCP) 2014-16, and MRes Interdisciplinary urban Design (MRes IdUD) since 2016. She has over the years focused on promoting Urban Design as a pro-active and creative and interdisciplinary field of knowledge and practice at the Bartlett School of Planning, proposing and steering new pedagogical agendas, facilitating new and alternative interdisciplinary research debates, and developing strong links and relationships to practice in the UK and beyond. Currently, Filipa directs the faculty-wide unique research programme MRes IdUD Interdisciplinary Urban Design, steering and assisting the shaping of critical new interdisciplinary research agendas, whilst branching out and working in collaboration with the various schools of the Bartlett. As former co-designer and director of the MSc Urban Design and City Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, she focused on bringing urban design to the centre of teaching in planning and stressed upon the various links between design, sustainability and development. 
Beyond this, Filipa founded, developed and currently coordinates the BPLN0054 MSc Major Research Projects final 60 credits research by design module, accross the MSc Urban Design and City Planning and Sustainable Urbanism postgraduate programmes. This module innovates pedagogically and methodologically in urban design research, offering a place for both research-led design and design-led research as well as action-led research, in teaching at the Bartlett. Also, through the way this module is designed and delivered Filipa has developed a strong partnership with practices, and government planning institutions in London and in the UK.
Moreover, Filipa has over the past years coordinated and taught, as well as currently leads on a broad range of post-graduate and undergraduate urban design specialism modules. Currently, she leads the MRes IUD main research module BPLN0022 Urban Investigations and BPLN0023 MRes IdUD Dissertation module. In the past, as part of the MSc Urban Design and City Planning programme, she has founded, coordinated and tutored modules such as the BPLN0032 Critical Debates in Urban Design, dedicated to the interface between urban design theory and practice and the relationship to fields of planning, development and sustainability, also, BENVGTC2 Urban Design: Product, Process and Critique, dedicated to on the understanding and representation of urban design concepts from a literature perspective and through field experience, and the interpretation and critique of masterplans.

2010 Lecturer in Urban Design Bartlett School of Planning UCL, United Kingdom
2008 – 2010 Research Associate Bartlett School of Planning UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2010   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2001   Bachelor of Music ArtEZ Institute of the Arts
2000   Diploma of Architecture Universidade do Porto
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