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Dr Michael Short

Associate Professor (Teaching) in City Planning

Dr Michael Short has been at the Bartlett since September 2015 having previously worked as a planner-conservation officer across a range of public and private organisations. He read for his PhD at the University of Manchester looking at the impact of skyscraper proposals on the character of place, co-funded by the ESRC and English Heritage from 2003 to 2007. He is a full member of both the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) and Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), and an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism.

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Michael has been a member of UCL's Academic Board since 2016, and is a UK representative (substitute, from June 2020) to the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). He joined UCL's LGBTQ+ Equality Steering Group (LESG) in November 2020. He then joined UCL's LGBTQ+ Equality Implementation Group (LEIG) in June 2022; LEIG is tasked with developing a strong programme of action that will help create an inclusive and welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ staff and students, as well as alumni and visitors, at UCL. He has been elected as non-professorial member to UCL’s Academic Committee in 2022. He also currently chairs the School's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group.

He undertakes practice-based projects, teaching, and research in three main areas: firstly, he is interested in how design issues are negotiated through the planning process and how they are implemented on site; secondly, he is interested in the conservation and protection of buildings and areas of the recent past; and thirdly, he is interested in the debates about increased building height and density in historic environments. Furthermore, he is interested in queer pedagogies and the experiences of LGBTQ+ staff and students in higher education.

Research Focus and Interests - historic, queer pedagogy, design quality.


From - Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Favourite Place - Tel Aviv, Israel