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Prof Stephen Marshall
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Tel: +44 20 3108 9558
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  • Professor of Urban Morphology and Urban Design
  • The Bartlett School of Planning
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Stephen Marshall is Professor in Urban Morphology and Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. Dr Marshall has over twenty five years’ experience in the built environment fields, initially in consultancy and subsequently in academia. His principal research interests are in urban morphology and street layout, and their relationships with urban formative processes, including urban design, coding and planning. He has written or edited several books, including Streets and Patterns (2005), Land Use and Transport (with David Banister), Cities, Design and Evolution (2009) and Urban Coding and Planning (2011). He was Chair of the Editorial Board of Urban Design and Planning (Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers journal series) from its launch to 2012; and is now co-editor of Built Environment journal (https://www.alexandrinepress.co.uk/built-environment).

Research Summary

My research interests address interactions between the following areas:

  • Urban design theory, including relationships with science and art;
  • Urban form and morphology;
  • Street layout and network structure;
  • Urban design and planning codes;
  • Urban evolution; nature-inspired urbanism. 

My most recent ongoing research relates to:

  • Linking urban design interventions to online participative design (Incubators of Public Spaces project; https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/planning/incubators-public-spaces);
  • Biological analogies used in urbanism (Self-Organising Built Environment project; https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/planning/research-projects/2018/nov/self-organising-built-environment); 
  • Complexity science interpretations of urban morphology;
  • Street network studies (https://rdcu.be/bbNso).
Teaching Summary

Academic year 2020-21

· BSc2 Urban Form and Formation (co-ordinator)

· BSc3 Transport Policy and Planning (co-ordinator)

· MSc Urban Design Specialism module (contributor)

· MRes Inter-disciplinary Urban Design (contributor)

In previous years

· Urban Design Specialism module (co-ordinator)

· Sustainable Urban Development Project (contributor)

· Advanced Research Methods (co-ordinator)

· Planning Project: Plan-Making (co-ordinator)

· Critical Debates in Planning (contributor) 

Academic Background
2001   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1995   Postgraduate Diploma Edinburgh College of Art
1989   Master of Science University of Leeds
1988   Bachelor of Engineering University of Glasgow
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