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Prof Matthew Carmona
The Bartlett School of Planning
14 Upper Woburn Place
  • Professor of Planning and Urban Design
  • The Bartlett School of Planning
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Matthew Carmona is Professor of Planning and Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL.  He has previously lectured at the University of Nottingham and before that worked as a researcher at Strathclyde and Reading Universities and as an architect in practice.
His research has focused on the policy context for delivering better quality built and natural environments, having worked on a range of research projects examining:

  • design policies and guidance
  • design coding
  • residential design and development processes
  • delivering urban renaissance
  • the value of urban and architectural design
  • the working relationships between housing providers and planners
  • measuring quality in planning 
  • managing external public space
  • local environmental quality and standard
  • London squares and high streets
  • governance of design, the case of CABE

Matthew is on the editorial board of ‘Urban Design Quarterly’, is European Associate Editor for the ‘Journal of Urban Design’, and edits the ‘Design in the Built Environment’ book series for Ashgate.  He is a regular advisor to government and government agencies both in the UK and overseas and writes a column for Town & Country Planning, the journal of the Town & Country Planning Association.  He is a Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert.
Between 2003 and 2011 Matthew Carmona served as Head of the Bartlett School of Planning. 

Research Summary

Prof Matthew Carmona has undertaken a wide range of research projects including:

  • Department for Business Innovation and Skills, Foresight Futures Project: Sustainable Urban Place-shaping, Feb. 2013-June 2013
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Evaluating the Governance of Design in the Built Environment, the CABE Experiment and Beyond, Jan. 2013-Aug. 2014
  • London Development Agency, London’s High Street Agenda, Nov.2009-May 2010
  • European Union (URBACT), Housing Praxis for Urban Sustainability, Nov. 2008-March 2010
  • Economic & Social Research Council, Global Place, Contested Space, The case of the New London Squares, Aug. 2007- Dec. 2010
  • Department for Communities, Local Environmental Quality: Establishing Acceptable Standards, Jan. 2006-Sept. 2006 
  • Audit Commission, National Planning Study, April 2005-October 2005 
  • CABE, Design Policy and Local Development Frameworks, Nov. 2004-Jan. 2005 
  • Office for the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), Design Code Pilot Programme Evaluation, June. 2004-Nov 2005 
  • CABE Space, Managing Public Urban Green Space: An International Comparative Study, Sept. 2003-March. 2004 
  • CABE Space, The Value of Public Space, Oct. 2003-Dec. 2003 
  • CABE, The Economic Value of Design in Commercial Office Developments, Jan 2004-June 2004 
  • CABE/ODPM, The Development and Use of Design Codes in the UK, Jan 2004-June 2004
  • ODPM, Managing External Public Space, April 2002-Dec.2002)
  • ESRC, Measuring Quality – Best Value in Planning and Urban Design, Oct. 2001-Dec. 2002

Teaching Summary

Prof. Matthew Carmona teaches undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. His classes focus on urban design theory and practice and the governance of design. Much of his teaching utilises project work as a vehicle for learning and London as the laboratory for this.

He leads a group of international research students examining a wide range of subjects in the broad field of urban design, public space design and management, and the governance of design.

He is Director of the cross-Faculty Masters of Research in Inter-disciplinary Urban Design and Founder and Director of the UCL Urban Skills Portal

Academic Background
1998 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Urban Planning University of Nottingham
1991 MA Master of Arts – Planning studies University of Nottingham
1990 B.Arch Bachelor of Architecture – Architecture University of Nottingham
1987 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Architectural Design Theory University of Nottingham
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