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Dr Michael Short
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
  • Senior Teaching Fellow in Planning
  • The Bartlett School of Planning
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

I joined UCL in September 2015 from UWE Bristol. Prior to becoming an academic in 2007, I worked as a planner/urban designer/conservation officer across a range of public and private organisations; for Salford City Council as the lead officer negotiating the design integration of the Metrolink tram system extension to Eccles (1994-97), as Senior Planner with Barton Willmore Planning Partnership (1998-99) then Network Rail as their conservation officer dealing with historic environment issues within the company’s estate (1999-2001). I then ran a two year ESRC-funded research project at the University of Manchester looking at strategic environmental assessment in plan-making (2001-2003). 

I read for my PhD at the University of Manchester looking at the design, and impact, of skyscraper proposals on the character of place, co-funded by the ESRC and English Heritage (now Historic England), and supervised by Professor Michael Hebbert (now UCL) and Dr Aidan While (now University of Sheffield) from 2003 to 2007. 

I am a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI), the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), and am an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism.

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Research Summary

An urbanist and conservator interested in issues of design quality in the historic environment, I undertake practice-based projects, teaching and research across the planning-urban design-architecture fields with my interests centred around:

- the management of change in complex urban areas

- the role of planning in delivering high quality design

- the conservation of buildings and townscapes of the recent past

- tall building proposals and their impact on the character of cities

- studio based teaching methods, and group work.

I would welcome research students in these broad areas.

I supervise the following PhD students:

Ding XU (from September 2017) 'Towards a model of sustainable heritage in Chinese historic cities'. Second supervisor with Dr Kalliopi Fouseki (UCL Institute of Sustainable Heritage).

Anon CHAIMANEE (from January 2017) 'Design principles for south-east Asian streets'. Second supervisor with Dr Filipa Matos Wunderlich (Bartlett School of Planning).

Miguel HINCAPIÉ (from January 2017) 'Planning in post-political Bogota: urban regeneration impacts on historic cultural landscape of the city centre'. Second supervisor with Dr Elisabete Cidre (Bartlett School of Planning).

Diana RAHMAN (from September 2016) 'Establishing Sustainable Tourism Management at UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Developing Countries: Case Study of Indonesia'. Second supervisor with Dr Kalliopi Fouseki (UCL Institute of Sustainable Heritage). 

Vafa DIANATI (from January 2016) 'The future of social housing: theorising, practising and measuring social sustainability'. Second supervisor with Dr Catalina Turcu (Bartlett School of Planning).

Teaching Summary

I am programme director for the new 2-year MPlan City Planning and coordinate the following modules:

BPLN0074 Introduction to Management 1 (with Dr Ben Clifford, UG)

BPLN0068 Planning Practices for Urban Development in Historic Areas (PG)

BPLN0005 Plan-Making Studio I (PG)

BPLN0007 Placement in City Planning (PG)

I also teach on the following modules:

BARC0092 Making Cities (UG)

BPLN0043 From Strategic Vision to Urban Plan (PG)

BPLN0033 Collaborative City Planning Strategies (PG)

BPLN0034 Sustainable Futures By Design (PG)

I am currently seconded to the Connected Curriculum team for one day per week 2017-18. This UCL-wide initiative aims to ensure that all UCL students are able to learn through participating in research and enquiry at all levels of their programme of study.

01-NOV-2007 – 01-SEP-2015 Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Planning and Conservation Department of Planning and Architecture UWE Bristol, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2003 – 01-SEP-2007 PhD student School of Environment and Development University of Manchester, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2001 – 01-JUN-2003 Research Associate School of Environment and Development University of Manchester, United Kingdom
01-JAN-1999 – 01-JUN-2001 Senior Planner   Network Rail, United Kingdom
01-JAN-1998 – 31-DEC-1998 Senior Planner   Barton Willmore Planning Partnership, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1994 – 31-DEC-1997 Planner and Metrolink Officer   City of Salford, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2007 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Urban Design University of Manchester
2001 MA Master of Arts – Conservation Sheffield Hallam University
1994 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science – Town Planning University of Dundee
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