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Dr Pablo Sendra
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  • Associate Professor in Planning and Urban Design
  • The Bartlett School of Planning
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Dr Pablo Sendra is an architect and urban designer. He is an Associate Professor at The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. He combines his academic career with professional work through his own urban design practice, LUGADERO LTD, which focuses on facilitating co-design processes with communities. At UCL, he is the Director of the MSc Urban Design and City Planning Programme and the Coordinator of the Civic Design CPD and the Cultural Infrastructure short course. He has carried out action-research projects in collaboration with activists and communities. He is co-author of Designing Disorder (with Richard Sennett, 2020), which has been translated into 7 languages, co-author of Community-Led Regeneration (with Daniel Fitzpatrick, 2020) and co-editor of Civic Practices (with Maria Joao Pita and CivicWise, 2017). He is part of the City Collective for the journal City.

He graduated as an Architect at the Universidad de Sevilla (2007), MArch Urban Design at University College London (2009), MSc in Sustainable City and Architecture at the Universidad de Sevilla (2011) and PhD in Architecture at the Universidad de Sevilla (2014). He has been Research and Teaching Fellow at the Universidad de Sevilla (2010-2015) and Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge (2011). He is an ARB registered Architect.

Before starting his academic career, he worked as architect, urban designer and strategic planner in Spain and China. In 2007-2008, he worked on public space and mobility projects at the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona. From 2007 to 2015, he was the authorised organiser of the PechaKucha events in Seville, Spain.

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Research Summary

Dr Pablo Sendra’s main areas of research are social housing, community activism, co-design and collaborative planning process, social infrastructure, public spaces and the impact that regeneration processes have on people and their social relationships. He carries out action-research projects in collaboration with activists and communities. His work with communities can be accessed in the Community-Led Regeneration platform. 


He is co-author, with Richard Sennett, of Designing Disorder (Verso, 2020). This book combines architecture, politics, urban planning and activism to explore how to design places that encourage unplanned activities, social interaction, which can continuously adapt, and which experiment with forms of collective governance. The book has been translated into seven languages. It was included in The Observer's (The Guardian) list of Best Books of 2020.


He is also co-author, with Daniel Fitzpatrick, of Community-Led Regeneration (UCL Press, 2020), which explores through seven case studies the tools and strategies that residents and activists use to contest the demolition of social housing and propose alternative community-led schemes. The book is the result of the research project "Community-led social housing regeneration: between the formal and the informal", funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant, of which Pablo Sendra was Principal Investigator. The research was developed in collaboration with the network of community groups Just Space.


After publishing Community-Led Regeneration, Pablo Sendra has worked on applying this knowledge to collaborating with community groups contesting the demolition of their homes. He has been granted the Higher Education Innovation Fund (Research England) on two occasions to co-produce evidence-based community-led proposals for the regeneration of two social housing estates. 


In addition to this, he has also worked with community groups on defending their community assets and social infrastructure. He explores the importance of community spaces on people and on creating relationships of care. When working with communities, Pablo Sendra uses Participatory Action Research methods to co-produce knowledge with communities.


Other works on collaborative urbanism include the book Civic Practices, co-edited with Maria Joao Pita and CivicWise in 2017, which brings together nearly a hundred citizen-led initiatives, and the research platform  “Laboratorio Q for Creative Urban Places” developed at the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain in 2012, which resulted on various publications on how citizen-led initiatives responded to austerity politics.

Teaching Summary

Dr Pablo Sendra is the programme director of the MSc in Urban Design and City Planning programme. He coordinates the modules Sustainable Futures by Design and Civic Design. He is the coordinator of the short courses Civic Design CPD and Cultural Infrastructure. From 2022, he will also be involved in teaching the new MASc Global Urbanism programme at the UCL Urban Lab. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

01-SEP-2015 Lecturer in Planning and Urban Design The Bartlett School of Planning University College London, United Kingdom
04-MAR-2014 – 30-JUN-2015 Research Associate Institute of Architecture and Building Science Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
24-FEB-2010 – 23-FEB-2014 Trainee Research Fellow Architectural Design Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
Academic Background
2017   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow  
2014   Doctorado Universidad de Sevilla
2011   Master Universidad de Sevilla
2009   Master of Architecture University College London
2007   Architect Engineer Universidad de Sevilla
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