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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. I am a planner and conservationist by profession and undertake teaching, research and research in the broad area of design quality and the historic environment. I joined UCL from UWE Bristol where I ran the MSc Urban Planning (2010-2015) and taught across the planning-architecture-urban design fields. In particular I ran the third year Global Cities studio module to all students on the architecture, planning and real estate UG programmes, and also taught architecture and urban theory to the Part II MA Architecture students. 

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) 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 conservationist interested in issues of design quality in the historic environment, I undertake practice-based projects, teaching and research in two main areas. Firstly I am interested in how design issues in such contexts are negotiated through the planning process and how they are implemented on site. This specifically reflects an interest in the philosophy of conservation and how this might inform design solutions. Secondly, I am interested in the conservation of buildings of the recent past and the challenges that this presents for conservation practice. I am, at present, undertaking work relating to examples of the conservation of postmodern architecture as heritage icons. At the heart of both areas of research is an interest in the negotiation of a higher quality built environment. In addition, I also have a particular research interest in tall buildings and their impact upon the character.

I teach 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

I would welcome research students in these broad areas.

Teaching Summary

I am programme director for the new 2-year MPlan City Planning from September 2017.

I coordinate the following modules:

- ENVS1023 Introduction to Management 1 (with Dr Ben Clifford, UG)

- BENVGUR8 Planning Practices for Urban Development in Historic Areas (PG)

- BENVGCR1 Plan-Making Studio I (PG)

I also teach on the following modules:

- ENVS1019 Making Cities (UG)

- BENVGPLD From Strategic Vision to Urban Plan (PG)

- BENVGPD3 Collaborative City Planning Strategies (PG)

- BENVGPD4 Sustainable Futures By Design (PG)

I supervise the following PhD students:

- Vafa DIANATI (01 January 2016 - ) The future of social housing: theorising, practising and 

measuring social sustainability (second supervisor with Dr Catalina Turcu).

- Sebastian DOBIESZ (01 January – 31 December 2016) Compensating the downsizing: pocket living 

development in London (part time, London-based case work, second supervisor with Dr Catalina Turcu).

- Diana RAHMAN (01 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). 

- Miguel HINCAPIE Planning in post-political Bogota: urban regeneration impacts on historic cultural landscape of the city centre (01 January 2017 - ) (Director of Studies, with Dr Elisabete Cidre).

- Anon CHAIMANEE Design principles for south-east Asian streets (01 January 2017 - ) (second supervisor with Dr Filipa Matos Wunderlich).

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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