The Bartlett

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UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment
Type Public
Established 1841
Founder Sir Herbert Bartlett
Parent institution
University College London (UCL)
Dean Prof Alan Penn
Administrative staff
Students 2,100[1]
Location Bloomsbury, Central London, England
51°32′N 0°08′W / 51.53°N 0.14°W / 51.53; -0.14Coordinates: 51°32′N 0°08′W / 51.53°N 0.14°W / 51.53; -0.14
Campus Urban

The UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment (The Bartlett) is the Faculty of the Built Environment of University College London (UCL). It is home to The Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, one of the most prestigious and competitive architecture and urban planning schools in the world, ranking 2nd in the world from 2015 through to 2018 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.[2][3][4]


University College London created its first chair of architecture in 1841, making The Bartlett the first architecture and built environment school established in the UK. The school is named after the original benefactor, Sir Herbert Bartlett. It is currently one of UCL's 11 constituent faculties.[5] The school has two London sites, 22 Gordon Street in Bloomsbury and Here East at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.


The Bartlett Summer Show 2017

The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment is the UK's largest and leading multidisciplinary faculty of the built environment, covering architecture, planning, construction and project management, development planning and environmental design as well as many other specialist fields. It is particularly well known for its architecture and planning schools following the leadership of Sir Peter Cook and Sir Peter Hall respectively in the 1990s. The faculty undertakes research in the built environment, and is known for developing the space syntax theory.[6]

School of Architecture

In 2011 the university appointed Frédéric Migayrou as the new Bartlett Professor of Architecture.[7] Current professors also include Iain Borden (Professor of Architecture & Urban Culture), Mario Carpo (Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural History and Theory), Nat Chard (Professor of Experimental Architecture), Adrian Forty (Professor of Architectural History), Murray Fraser (Architecture & Global Culture), Stephen Gage (Professor of Architecture & Innovative Technology), Christine Hawley (Professor of Architectural Studies), Jonathan Hill (Professor of Architecture & Visual Theory), CJ Lim (Professor of Architecture & Urbanism) and Jane Rendell (Professor of Architecture & Art). The Director of the School of Architecture is Bob Sheil, Professor of Architecture and Design through Production.

The Bartlett School of Architecture courses are validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects.[8] The school has been rated by the Architects' Journal as the best architecture school in the UK for the past 11 years,[9] and consistently ranks in the top in the Guardian university league tables for architecture.[10][11][12][13]

School of Planning

In 2011 Fulong Wu was appointed as Bartlett Professor of Planning.[14] There have been a succession of eminent Bartlett Professors of Planning at UCL including Stanley Adshead, Sir Patrick Abercrombie, Lord William Holford, Lord Richard Llewelyn-Davies, Gerald Smart, Sir Peter Hall, Michael Batty and Matthew Carmona, all of whom have been associated with planning and cities in Britain and elsewhere. Sir Patrick Geddes, the father of town planning, studied physiology at the College in the late 1870s.

Development Planning Unit

Founded in 1954 by Otto Königsberger, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU) conducts world-leading research and postgraduate teaching that helps to build the capacity of national governments, local authorities, NGOs, aid agencies and businesses working towards socially just and sustainable development in the global south. It runs a doctoral research programme leading to the award of PhD, six one-year Masters Degree courses and a professional Postgraduate Diploma. The current Head of the DPU is Professor Julio Davila, and the previous one was Professor Caren Levy.

Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

The Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) was set up in 1995 by the first Director Michael Batty who is now the Chair. The current Director is Andy Hudson-Smith. The Centre specialises in the application of new technologies to cities and regions and its current focus is on smart cities. It has introduced a new masters program in smart cities.[15]

School of Construction & Project Management

D'Maris Coffman (Professor of Economics and Finance of the Built Environment) is Director of the School of Construction & Project Management. BSCPM has expanded considerably in recent years and now has seven professors in addition to Professor Coffman: Andy Davies (Professor in the Management of Projects), Andrew Edkins (Professor of the Management of Complex Projects and Director of the Bartlett Real Estate Institute), Peter Hansford (part-time Professor of Construction and Infrastructure Policy), Jim Meikle (part-time Professor of the Economics of the Construction Sector), Peter Morris (Emeritus Professor of Construction and Project Management), Stephen Pryke (Professor of Supply Chain and Project Networks), Hedley Smyth (Professor of Project Enterprises), with Professor Jacqueline Glass (Professor of Construction and Project Management) to join in July 2018.[16]

Notable academics


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  2. ^ "World University Rankings by Subject 2015 - Architecture / Built Environment". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
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  4. ^ "Architecture / Built Environment". Top Universities. 2018-02-22. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  5. ^ "UCL Bartlett voted best UK school of architecture – again". University College London. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  6. ^ Hinde, Julia (17 April 1998). "Londoners develop own space craft". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  7. ^ "New appointments at the Bartlett School of Architecture". University College London. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  8. ^ "UK Schools of Architecture with courses validated by the RIBA" (PDF). Royal Institute of British Architects. 30 September 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 May 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Bartlett voted best UK school of architecture". Bartlett UCL. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  10. ^ "University guide 2012: Architecture". The Guardian. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  11. ^ "University guide 2013: league table for architecture". The Guardian. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  12. ^ "University guide 2014: league table for architecture". The Guardian. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  13. ^ "University guide 2015: league table for architecture". The Guardian. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  14. ^ Rogers, David (14 June 2011). "Bartlett appoints Fulong Wu to school of planning". Building Design. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Study Smart Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis". Smart Cities at CASA UCL. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  16. ^ "Academics". The Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management, University College London. 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015.

External links

  • Official website
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