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Mr Jonathan Kendall
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  • Associate Professor
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

I am a qualified architect, having trained at Manchester and the Bartlett. The formative experience of living and working in Tokyo inspired my interest in the city as a phenomenon and scale of operation. My work at UCL has been undertaken in parallel with the development of my professional architectural career, and my focus is on urban design and interdisciplinary practice.

In parallel with my role at the Bartlett, I am a partner and director of urban design at Fletcher Priest Architects, where I have extensive experience leading the design and delivery of high-profile complex projects in the UK and internationally. I have spoken at numerous universities, conferences and events and have written and been published widely. 

Significant professional experience includes more than a decade working on the Stratford City masterplan, one of Europe’s most important urban regeneration schemes, which successfully adapted to host the Athletes Village for the 2012 Olympics. Other high profile projects include the designs for the new urban centre of Riga, Latvia, on the edge of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Current major projects include the design of a new urban district commissioned by St John's College Oxford, redefining the northern boundary of that city, the design of a new town in close proximity to Cambridge and a major new residential district to the south of Dublin.

Research Summary

My research activity directly relates to my profile and is focussed on the development of urban design as an interdisciplinary practice. My work is primarily undertaken through practice-based design activity. I have undertaken a series of projects of significance, which have been communicated through a combination of lectures, talks and articles. 

The areas of activity are:

  • Large-scale urban regeneration
  • Infrastructure-led masterplanning and urban design
  • Event-led masterplanning and the evaluation of legacy outcomes
  • Residential masterplanning, placemaking and community infrastructure delivery
  • Urbanism and the knowledge economy

Teaching Summary

In my teaching, I seek to bridge disciplinary boundaries within the Bartlett as a faculty and between academic and professional practice. My teaching role seeks to develop engagement with urban issues in architectural education, to encourage dialogue between the professions and to broaden understanding and engagement with the protagonists and processes through which the city is shaped. 

At the Bartlett School of Architecture, I have led the interdisciplinary Making Cities module taught within the degree programme since 2014. Making Cities is a unique endeavour, as it is currently the only module in which students from all three schools in the faculty (Architecture, Planning and Construction & Project Management) are taught alongside one another. I fully revised the approach to the module, which has a deep history in interdisciplinary education at the Bartlett dating back to Prof Richard Llewellyn-Davies in the 1960s. I introduced the use of filmmaking as a medium for group working analogous to the roles and relationships undertaken in the production of the built environment. I manage a team of 12 tutors drawn from across all three schools, lead the lecture programme and organise all aspects of the module which has a cohort of approximately 230 students per year. 

My prior teaching experience was on the MSc (later MArch) Urban Design programme since it was established by Prof Colin Fournier in 1999. I taught as part of a small collective of tutors with a single group of students in the early years of the programme. As the intake expanded, I took on a unit tutor role, leading a defined group of students each year through all aspects of their design and research work over the 12-month duration of the programme. I was heavily involved with all aspects of the programme, including review of potential applicants, curriculum development and marking, assessment and moderation across the student cohort.

2001 Partner/Director of Urban Design   Fletcher Priest Architects LLP, United Kingdom
SEP-1999 Senior Teaching Fellow Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
1998 – 2001 Architect   Hodder Associates, United Kingdom
1997 – 1997 Architectural assistant   Itsuko Hasegawa Atelier, Japan
1994 – 1997 Architectural assistant   Brookes Stacey Randall, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1999   Diploma University College London
1995   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Victoria University of Manchester
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