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Prof Matthew Carmona

Professor of Planning and Urban Design

Matthew Carmona is Professor of Planning and Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. He is a Registered Architect and a Chartered Planner and has previously lectured at the University of Nottingham and before that worked as a researcher at Strathclyde and Reading Universities and as an architect in both public and private practice.

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Matthew's research has focused on processes of urban design governance, on the design and management of public space, and on the value of a high quality built environment. Matthew is the founder and Chair of the Place Alliance, a cross-sector collaborative and campaigning alliance for place quality. He is European Associate Editor for the Journal of Urban Design. He is a regular advisor to government and government agencies both in the UK and overseas and lectures internationally. He writes a column for Town & Country Planning, the journal of the Town & Country Planning Association and a regular blog at: He created and edits which brings together empirical evidence on the value of urban design. 

Since 1996 Matthew has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate urban design studios. His classes focus on urban design theory and practice, and the governance of design. He leads a group of international research students examining a wide range of subjects in the broad fields of urban design, public space design and management and the design dimension of planning. Between 2003 and 2011 he served as Head of the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. He tweets @ProfMCarmona.

Research Focus and Interests - urban design governance; public space; place value.


From - London, UK

Favourite Place -
Place Georges Pompidou in Paris, France

FUN FACT: If you were stranded on a desert island and you could only bring 3 things, what would they be?

A boat, a paddle, plenty of sun cream!