Alain is Senior Lecturer in Urban Design at the University's School of Planning and Geography. His research interests are in spatial and urban design in relation to economics, social and environmental outcomes using spatial network design analysis to understand substantive and projective design properties of the activity locations systems of large conurbations in the USA, UK, France and China.
Within the School he leads the conceptual development of spatial design network analysis software and directing the testing (sDNA, www.cardiff.ac.uk./sdna/). He teaches MA Urban Design: Urban Design Foundation, Urban Design Autumn Studio, Development Management, and the Research based Urban Design Project.
Before joining the School in 2010, he was an Executive and Board Director at the global consultancy Space Syntax Ltd. where he directed large scale projects concerning spatial policy analysis and evidence-based spatial design and policy formulation in major cities including Paris and London. Clients included Greater London Authority and the London Boroughs. He has advised leading international urban design practices such as ARUP Associates, Atelier Jean Nouvel, Farrell & Partners, Foster + Partners, Gehry Partners, Herzog and de Meuron, Hopkins, Martha Schwarz & Partners, and Make. He continues his consultancy work in the UK, France, and China.
At Space Syntax, while serving as Operational Research Director (2005-09) he developed and led innovative services and operational research projects. The latter was mainly funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund, and involved development of methodologies and new software capacity for Space Syntax Ltd. He was Senior Research Fellow at University College London (2000-09). His work has been widely published in international professional journals. In the UK he has been member of various research project panels (EPSRC, Successful suburban town centre, Design for London, London Development Agency, Greater London Authority, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation). He is a founding director of the international CHORA Urban Institute, and an advisor to national research institutions in Europe, North America and Asia.
Current position, appointment and membership: Lecturer in urban design at Cardiff University School of Planning and Geography; expert to the French National Research Agency (ANR). External Examiner ENSA Toulouse, France. Member of the Academy of Urbanism.
- G Certificate (08-09) Birkbeck College, Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics. University of London, With Distinction.
- G. Diploma (93-94) Architectural Association, School of Architecture, Graduate School History and theory.
- Diploma (80-86) Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture, Marseille, France.
- Baccalauréat S (1979) Lycée Jean Perrin, Marseille (mathematics, physics & chemistry, French, philosophy, English, engineering sciences) 7 A level equivalent.
- Visiting Lecturer (2012–) Tongji University, CAUP.
- Lecturer in Urban Design (2011–) Cardiff University, School of Planning and Geography.
- Professional Tutor (2010–11) Cardiff University, Welsh School of Architecture.
- Research associate (2010–11) Cardiff University, School of Planning and Geography.
- Fellow (2008–09) London School of Economics and Political Science, Cities Programme.
- Adjunct Professor (2006–08) Syracuse University, Architecture, London Programme.
- Associate Professor (1996–99) Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture, Grenoble, France.
- Senior Lecturer (1999–00) University of the Arts, Chelsea School of Art and Design.
- Visiting Senior Lecturer (1997–) University of Westminster, School of Architecture and the Built Environment.
- Lecturer (1996–99) University of the Arts, Chelsea School of Art and Design.
- Lecturer (1995–98) Greenwich University, School of Architecture and Landscape.
- Lecturer (1995–96) Kingston University, School of Architecture.
- Lecturer (1993–95) College of Brunel University, Brunel University.
- Assistant (1989–96) Architectural Association, School of Architecture.
- Assistant (1994–95) University of the Arts, Chelsea School of Art and Design.
- Director (2009–) design Economics partnership Limited, London.
- Board Director (2005–09) Space Syntax Limited, London.
- Executive Director (2005–09) Space Syntax Limited, London.
- Associate Director (2004–05) Space Syntax Limited, London.
- Consultant (2003–04) Space Syntax Limited, London.
- Research Consultant (2000–03) Space Syntax Limited, London.
- Founding Trustee, Director (1993–) CHORA, Charity, London.
- Project Architect (1986–90) Tetra, Marseille, France.
- Expert evaluator (2013–) Hong Kong Research Grant Council.
- Expert evaluator (2008–) National Research Agency, ANR, Sustainable City Research Programme, France.
- Honorary Senior Research Fellow (2000–10) University College London, University of London.
- Scientific advisor (2006–07) EPAD, La Défense, France.
- Panel member (2007–09) EPSRC, Successful suburban town centre, UCL Space Group.
- Panel member (2008) Design for London, London Development Agency, Greater London Authority, Valuing Urban Realm, MVA.
- Panel member (2006) Commission for the Built Environment (CABE), Values in the built environment, Young Foundation.
- Panel member (2005–07) London Borough of Southwark, Design Panel.
- Panel member (2005) Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Public domain, people make places, Demos.
- Design studio invited exhibition. Architektur Forum, Gallery d'architecture, Zurich. Diploma, Architectural Association, School of Architecture.
- Design studio invited exhibition. Aedes, Gallerie d'architecture, Berlin. Diploma Unit 2, Architectural Association, School of Architecture.
- Design studio invited exhibition. Rietveld Academy Exhibition, Amsterdam. Diploma Unit 2, Architectural Association, School of Architecture.
- Publication. Tomas Boga Publisher, Zurich. Diploma Unit 2, Architectural Association, School of Architecture.
- Publication. Japan Architects, Tokyo. Diploma Unit 2, Architectural Association, School of Architecture.
- Publication. B, Copenhagen. Diploma Unit 2, Architectural Association, School of Architecture.
- Publication, SD, Tokyo. Diploma, Architectural Association, School of Architecture.
- 1st Prize architecture. Royal Academy of Arts. Part 1, Greenwich University, School of Architecture & Landscape.
- 1st Prize architecture. Royal Institute of British Architects. Part 1, Greenwich University, School of Architecture & Landscape.
- Commended project. Cim Béton Competition, Architectural Project. Diploma, School of Architecture, Grenoble.
- 1st prize, INPD Laboratory Competition, Architectural Project. Diploma, School of Architecture, Grenoble.
- 1st Prize, Pole Européen Competition, Event Project. Diploma, School of Architecture, Grenoble.
- Design Studio invited exhibition. Exhibition 'Multiprises ' Maison de l'Architecture de l'Isère.
- Event Project & Urban strategy. Diploma, School of Architecture, Grenoble.
- 1st, 2nd and Special Prize. OTUA - Station téléphérique, 2 phases competition, Architectural Project. Diploma, School of Architecture, Grenoble.
- Special Prize. Accessibilité à la culture. 2 phases competition. Architectural Project. Diploma, School of Architecture, Grenoble.
- Design studio invited exhibition. Maison de l'Architecture de l'Isère. Exhibition 'Le mois de l’architecture' Event Project, School of Architecture, Grenoble.
- Architectural Association, School of Architecture, London (1989).
- Cambridge University, School of Architecture, Cambridge; Diploma (1994).
- Rhodes Island School of Design, School of Architecture, Providence; Diploma (1994).
- Cambridge University, School of Architecture, Cambridge; Diploma (1995).
- Oxford Brookes University, School of Architecture, Oxford; Diploma (1995).
- Graduate School of Design, School of Architecture, Harvard; Master (1995).
- Rhodes Island School of Design, School of Architecture, Providence; Diploma (1995).
- Rhodes Island School of Design, Providence; Diploma (1996).
- Royal College of Art, Architecture, Londres; Master (00-09).
- University of East London, School of Architecture, Londres; Diploma (04-07)
- University College, London University, Bartlett School of Architecture, London; Diploma and MArch Arch Design and MArch Urban Design (2002-).
- Metropolitan University, School of Architecture, Londres; Diploma (2003-).
- Technical University of Munich, Spatial and Territorial Development, 28th June (2012).
Relation with professional body
- School of Planning and Geography, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors coordinator. Coordinate communication and yearly accreditation monitoring (2012).
- External examiner, DNSEP, design, National School of Fine Art; Diploma (1993).
- Head external examiner, DNSEP, design, National School of Fine Art, Lyon; Diploma (1998).
- External examiner, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Toulouse; Diploma (2010-).
Planning advisor to a third sector association
- Better Archway Forum, London (2006-).
- Better Archway Forum, London. Analysis of the Local Development Framework evidence base retail needs technical reports and retail strategy (2009).
Current Research Project
ESRC 'Transforming' Social Science
WHealth modelling: an individual-based methodology for measuring the Health and Wealth of cities
PI: Professor Chris Webster, Cardiff University
Co-I: Scott Orford, Chinmoy Sarkar, Alain Chiaradia, Cardiff University
We propose to test a fundamentally new approach to generating knowledge for evidence-based place-making and city-shaping, based on epidemiologic research models in which the individual is the fundamental unit of analysis. This approach directly addresses methodological problems that inhibit the accumulation of verifiable knowledge in urban planning arising from the use of aggregate data. Urban governance interventions in the future, we envisage, will be transformed by the existence of well-founded large panel studies that permit probabilistic statements about the impacts of policies and changes to urban configuration and design, on individual agents (individuals, households, firms). We test this approach by adding innovative measures describing the built environment around the homes of approximately 500,000 members of the UK Biobank (UKB) cohort study. We use these to calibrate models capable of detecting the individual health effects of alternative urban configurations and designs (density, land-use mix, green infrastructure, street network connectivity, slope and so on). We also test the impact of these urban planning variables on individual wealth, indicated by property price; and explore health-wealth associations. Ethics approval for medical data use is covered under the UKB’s own ethics authorisation. The study as a whole is approved under Cardiff University’s ethics procedures.
Peer Reviewed Competitive Research Grants
- 'Soul’s Cycle' (PI: R. Bunschoten, Co-PI: David Racz, Alain Chiaradia)
Funded by the Stiching Fonds voor de Beeldende Kunsten, NL
Amount funded: £ 30,000
Purpose: design and construction of the “Soul’s Cycle” for the exhibition Architecture and Imagination.
- 'The Skin of the Earth' (PI: R. Bunschoten, Co-PI: Alain Chiaradia)
Funded by the EEC Cultural Action
Amount funded: £ 9,000
Purpose: design and construction of the “Skin of the earth” for the exhibition Architecture and Imagination.
- 'The Skin of the Earth' (PI: R. Bunschoten, Co-PI: Alain Chiaradia)
Funded by the British Council
Amount funded: £ 5,000
Purpose: design and construction of the 'Skin of the earth'.
- 'The Skin of the Earth' (PI: R. Bunschoten, Co-PI: Alain Chiaradia)
Funded by the Stiching Fonds voor de Beeldende Kunsten, NL
Amount funded: £ 90,000
Purpose: design and construction of the 'Skin of the earth'.
- 'The Skin of the Earth' (PI: R. Bunschoten, Co-PI: Alain Chiaradia, Regin Shwaen
Funded by the Prins Berhnard Fund, NL
Amount funded: £ 7,000
Purpose: Publication Grant 'The Skin of the Earth'.
- 'Urban Floatsam' (PI: R. Bunschoten. Co-PI: Alain Chiaradia, Tak Hoschino)
Funded by the Stiching Fonds voor de Beeldende Kunsten, NL
Amount funded: £ 15,000
Purpose: to research and prepare materials for book publication.
- 'Linz Studies' (PI: R. Bunschoten, Co-PI: Alain Chiaradia, Marianne Mueller)
Funded by the Stiching Fonds voor de Beeldende Kunsten, NL
Amount funded: £ 66,250
Purpose: To research and propose new and original method in urban planning.
- 'Spatial Configuration and urban social mix' (PI: Prof. Bill Hillier. CoPI: Alain Chiaradia)
Funded by the Ministère de l’Equipement, des Transport et du Logement, Ministère de la Culture, France. Plan Urbanisme Construction Architecture, Paris, France
Amount funded: € 45,000
Purpose: aimed to transfer an urban analysis software tool set developed in the UK and to validate it in France.
1/ making accessible in French the core literature of the space syntax research program; theories and techniques and mains research results,
2/ pilot studies of the Nantes and Grenoble conurbations.
- i-VALUL 'The intangible VALues of Urban Layout' (PI: Alain Chiaradia and Christian Schwander
CoPI: Prof. Bill Hillier (UCL), M. Weddenburn (CBuchanan and partners), Yolande Barnes (Savills Research ); UrbanBuzz programme, University College London lead partner and University of East London main partner.
Funded by theHigher Education Funding Council for England, the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (now Department for Business Innovation & Skills) under the auspice of Higher Education Innovation Fund-round 3.
Amount funded: £ 382,803; CIK: £ 840,991; Total: £ 1,223,794
Purpose: aimed to bring together agents involved in urban spatial layout planning, design and delivery value chain to discuss barriers to good layout planning and design involving a large partnership from public, private and third sector organisations (local, regional and national); to lower the barriers to spatial layout evaluation by making tangible the social, economic and environmental values of urban layout. The project has done so by:
1/ valuating layout in relationship to town centre vitality, residential property price and the cost of crime against property and person,
2/ developing methodology and software capability to process and create the spatial value map of the Greater South East of England,
3/ transferring expert knowledge to third sector organisations, private sector and Local Planning Authorities.
- VIBAT 'Visioning and Backcasting for Transport Policy in London'. Lead organisation Halcrow Group (transport) (PI: Robin Hickman, CoPI: Prof. David Bannister; objective 3 lead Alain Chiaradia with Jorge Gil)
Funded by HEFCE UrbanBuzz programme (see i-VALUL)
Amount funded: £ 202,091; Space Syntax Limited £ 50,000; CIK £ 120,000; Total £ 170,000
Purpose: aimed to quantify the carbon efficiency of the current Transport for London strategy to reach a 60% to 80% reduction by 2025-2050.
1/ developing a ‘backcasting’ approach to transport planning in London,
2/ providing a mean of successfully communicating future lifestyle and behavioural choices to stakeholders and the public,
3/ creating an interactive scenario-testing tool that would allow stakeholders and the public to ‘road test’ the impact of policy packages.
- SEDUC 'Socio-Environment Degradation and urban Configuration'. Lead organisation University of East London (PI: Prof. Allan Brimicombe. CoPI: Prof. Bill Hillier, Eva Friedrich, Alain Chiaradia)
Funded by the UrbanBuzz programme (see i-VALUL)
Amount funded: £192,908; Space Syntax £ 21,100, Total CIK £ 46,420; Total £ 67,520
Purpose: aimed to achieve a step-change in the response activities of Local Authorities to the challenge of ASB.
1/ bringing together local authority staff, police officers, designers, practitioners, planners and data analysts discuss the challenge faced by neighbourhoods experiencing ASB,
2/ understanding current design responses,
3/ using spatial design metrics to identify spatial design patterns.
- Collaborator on a £ 536,371 EPSRC grant awarded to Professor Alan Penn, UCL, to establish a network of experts to research and advise on the evolution of Chinese cities – City History and Multi-Scale Masterplanning, collaborating partner on behalf of Space Syntax Limited.
- Research commissioner and manager for the Princes of Wales’ Foundation for the Built Environment. Verbier Green Pioneering Summit 2010 (Carbon benchmarking – MLDD, Sustainable mobility – EPFL, Collaborative design – PFBE & FDDM, Futures planning – The Futures Company).
Programme budget £ 70,000
International Expert Evaluator of Research Proposals
- Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France, Sustainable Cities, Project XX; Sustainable networks in Urban Systems (2008).
- Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France, Sustainable Cities, Project XX; Innovative numerical platforms of urban simulation for sustainable development (2009).
- Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France, Sustainable Cities (2010).
Project XX: Tools for Urban Sustainability.
Project XX: Sharing, use and modelisation of public data. Cycling and walking as case studies.
- Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France, Sustainable Cities, Projets XX (3) (2012).
Reviewer For Technical Journals
- 2005: Reviewer for the 5thInternational Symposium on Space Syntax, Delft, June.
- 2007: Reviewer for the 6th International Symposium on Space Syntax, London, June.
- 2009: Ad Hoc reviewer for Environment and Planning (B): Planning and Design.
- 2009: Reviewer for the 7th International Symposium on Space Syntax, Stockholm, June
Other Outputs - Software Development
1996-97: Developed the concept, the teaching methodology and materials for the use of a parametric generative 3D sketching/prototyping software plug-in for Autocad (eKora). Software scripting developed by John Prentice. The software was introduced by mean of workshops/formalised course to 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th year students in architecture, Kingston University, School of Architecture. Subsequently eKora was used by students at various universities. http://jadp.co.uk/ekora.htm
2004-07: Developed the concepts, methodologies, testing and services of spatial design measures to unpack space syntax synthetic indicators. These spatial design measures were embedded in the software Confeego. The aim was to use spatial design indicators that built up an intuitive understanding of space syntax indicators for urban designer and architects. These spatial measures are now core of the spatial analysis called “city scan”. The software scripting was developed by Jorge Gil and Chris Stutz.
2007-09: Space Syntax spatial modelling: initiated and led the first large scale (Greater South East of England, 23m inhabitants) operational use of road centre line replacing the laborious axial map production. It involved various methodological and software developments including grid computing. The methodologies and software scripting were developed by Antonin Gosset and Eva Friedrich (Future Cities Laboratory Singapore-ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability) in collaboration with Alasdair Turner, the initial developer of Depthmap; the “official” space syntax software.
2011-12: Spatial Design Network Analysis sDNA for ESRI ArcGIS 10.x and Autodesk Autocad 201x. Cardiff University, School of City and Regional Planning. Sustainable Place Research Institute. Software development leader with Cooper C. software developer. sDNA step evolves the space syntax spatial design analysis with original feature conceived by AC:
a. use of industry standard representation (OS ITN),
b. resolution of MAUP issues for spatial analysis on network,
c. new set control measures related to network design
d. new set of spatial analysis related to measuring spatial severance
sDNA is a simplified Land Use and Transport Interaction (LUTI) modelling environment. It is used at early urban planning and design stage to micro locate land use type and their intensity. Along with accounting for the relationship between land use and transport interaction through multi-scale accessibility analysis. sDNA enable designer to make design decision that despite a low level of data requirement are aligned with objectives. Beyond this early design stage traditional LUTI can be used and yet be informed by sDNA output. sDNA originality is two folds:
1/ to explicitly take into account of the geometry, the layout design of the urban environment whether existing or planned and impact on multi-modal route choice preferences,
2/ to account for pedestrian, cyclist (sustainable mode of transport) along with car driver behaviour and efficient surface public transport access points location in the same framework.
Non-Refereed Professional Journals
- Bunschoten R., Chiaradia A., (1991), 'Skin of the Earth', APXNTEKTYPA CCCP 6, Moscow.
- Bunschoten R., Chiaradia A., (1991), 'Skin of the Earth' Project report. Stichting Fonds, Amsterdam.
- Bunschoten R., Chiaradia A., (1991), 'Skin of the Earth' Project report. EEC Culture Dept Direction, Brussels.
- Bunschoten R., Chiaradia A., (1991), 'Skin of the Earth', AA Files, Londres, No 21, Spring, pp. 56-59 ISSN 0261 68 23 ISBN 1 870 890 44 2.
- Bunschoten R., Chiaradia A., (1992), 'Skin of the Earth', 'Machines d'Architecture' Exhibition Catalog, Fondation Cartier, Paris pp. 28-31 ISBN 2 86925 037 1.
- Bunschoten R., Chiaradia A., (1992), 'Skin of the Earth, Soul’s Cycle', A+U, Tokyo, No. 263, pp. 52-108 ISSN 0389 91 60.
- Bunschoten R., Chiaradia A., (1992), 'Skin of the Earth, Soul’s Cycle' B, Copenhagen No. 49, pp. 10-21 & pp. 32-53. ISSN 0105 78 20.
- Bunschoten R., Chiaradia A., (1993), 'Skin of the Earth, Planet Field' Forum, Amsterdam No. 36/1, pp. 27-29 & 56-61. ISSN 0015 83 72 ISBN 90 74315 02 X.
- Bunschoten R., Chiaradia A., (1994), Spreebogen Competition, Berlin, Capital Berlin. Bauwelt Birkhauser Verlag. Berlin.
- Sbrigglio J., Chiaradia A., (1994), 'Periphery’s periphery', Domus, Milan.Dec.
- Bates D., Chiaradia A., (1994), 'Neighbours', AA Files, Londres, No 27. Exhibition review, pp. 27-28 ISSN 0261 46 44 ISBN 1 870 890 52 3.
- Chiaradia A., (1994), 'City, Model', Project review. AA Publications, pp. 135-14. ISSN 0265 46 44 ISBN 1 870 890 53 1.
- Chiaradia A., (1994), 'Sim City', AA Files, Londres, No. 28, pp. 86-89 ISSN 0261 68 23 ISBN 1 870 890 56 6.
- Boyarsky N&N., Chiaradia A., (1994), 'Glass Tombstone/GlassBox', AA Files, Londres, No 27, pp. 33-38 ISSN 0261 46 44 ISBN 1 870 890 52 3.
- Chiaradia A., (1995), 'Easter Theory', Architect Anonymous, Architectural Association Londres.
- Boyarsky N&N., Chiaradia A., (1995) A&E Boyarsky’s tomb, The Architects’ Journal.
- Chiaradia A., Yacoub P., (1996),' Autopsy of a floaded city',Techniques & Architecture, Paris Nov. 88-89. ISSN 0373 07 19.
- Chiaradia A., Yacoub P., (1996), 'Flooded City' Architectural Design. Londres. Games of Architecture. ISBN 1 85490 255 5.
- Chiaradia A., Yacoub P., (1996), 'Eden and Babylon' Femmes, Beirut, Winter.
- Chiaradia A., Miller S., (1996), 'Archive', AA, Londres News No. 1.
- Stonor T, Stutz C, Raford N, Chiaradia A, (2004). “Towards Evidence-Based Urban Design”, Planning in London: the Journal of the London Planning and Development Forum, October.
- Raford N, Chiaradia A, Stutz C, (2005). “Network Analysis of Multimodal Transport Systems”, White paper, 7th Annual TRICS Conference: Understanding Transport Development, Achieving Sustainable Development, London, England, November.
- Chiaradia A, Raford N.(2005). “Alternative Tools for Accessibility Planning”, Guest editorial, Local Transport Today. London, England, March.
- Chiaradia A. (2009), ‘Spatial Design Economies’, Architectural Design, Vol 79, Issue 4, pp. 80-85. DOI 10.1002/ad.921.
- Chiaradia A, Koch A (2012), Urban design gold dust, Urban Design Group Journal, Issue 126, pp. 15-17.
89-96: Architectural Association, School of Architecture.
Invited to tutor at the AA Diploma School (8-12 students/year). Alongside collaborating to define and organise coursework, visiting trip, review and marking, a AA tutor also organises visiting lectures, symposia, book launches, exhibitions and other events, participates in design competition, project design, publications and other endeavours promoting design excellence.
Now in its 163rd year, the AA School is not only the world’s most influential and well-known school of architecture but also an incredibly fluid, dynamic and active learning environment. It is a challenging environment to create the conditions for new forms of teaching, working and above all thinking and learning that will ultimately transform architecture in ways not yet fully realised. This has long been the central ambition of the AA School, which has for decades been home to the world’s leaders – and leading experimenters – in architecture.
95-96: Kingston University, School of Architecture.
BA (Hons) Architecture. Year 2 and 3 (26 students) Studio leader (lecture and tutorials). Proposed brief, site and studio agenda. Documentation of student work, end of the year exhibition and catalogue. Managed one tutor. Reporting to undergraduate course director.
Year 2. Elective Computer project, responsible for innovative curriculum, marking and moderation.
The Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture has a well-established and internationally renowned research culture that encourages and supports high quality, innovative research through practice, history and theory.
95-98: Greenwich University, School of Architecture and Landscape.
BA (Hons) Architecture, Year 3 (22-25 students/year). Studio leader (lectures and tutorials). Proposed brief, site and studio agenda. Documentation of student work, end of the year exhibition and catalogue. Managed one tutor. Reporting to undergraduate course director.
The School's research effort, is focused on making contributions to the solving of real-world problems or the advancement of issues that have a direct bearing on business, industry, regional, national and international communities and, ultimately, peoples' lives.
96-00: Chelsea College of Art and design.
BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design.
Year 2 and 3, studio leader, lectures and tutorials (12-15 students/year), responsible for curriculum organisation, marking, documentation of student work end of the year exhibition and catalog, active in research. Reporting to head of the school.
96-99: Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture - Grenoble.
Strategic Project Group (14-22 students/year) – Final year invited studio leader.
Responsible for curriculum definition, development, organisation, and marking. Invited visiting lecturer. Organised two international Seminars inviting practitioners and researchers to develop a network on urban territories and practices. Organised an exhibition. Liaising and communicating with 3 staffs. Attended school board.
The Grenoble School of Architecture has an international research standing. It holds two European Master Programmes; it initiated and leads the International Network on Architectural and Urban Ambiances and holds the UNESCO Chair on Earth Architecture.
97-: Westminster University, School of Architecture and the Built Environment.
MA Computer Imaging in Architecture (10-12 students/year) Theory and positioning Module. Director of study (tutorials and lectures). Responsible for curriculum development and organisation, marking, selection and invitation of visiting lecturers (e.g. Photoraphy: Helene Binet). Redefined the course content, liaising and coordinating with course director. Engaged with external examiner selection process, board of studies and department board for course changes.
The School is involved in a wide variety of research activities relating to all aspects of Architecture and the built environment. The School undertake research projects commissioned by the central and local government, government agencies, the private sector and charitable bodies, as well as overseas agencies. Much of the School engagement in research was rated of international standard in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
09-10: Cardiff University, School of Planning and Geography.
MA Urban Design (14 students) Morphometrics for urban designer – short pilot course development. Identified scope and content for the development GIS and space syntax analysis course for urban designer.
Responsible for curriculum organisation and delivery, liaising and communicating with course director, studio leaders and computer lab technician. Reporting to the Head of School.
CPLAN plays a leading international role in its fields of expertise and its research has an agenda-setting influence in key debates in planning and human geography. Recent research has focused on the development, management and sustainability of cities, regions and rural spaces.
CPLAN has been consistently rated the top planning school in the UK in terms of its research environment and number of world-leading researchers. It also has a significant cluster of world-leading human geographers.
10-11: Cardiff University, Welsh School of Architecture.
MArch1 (63 students) Design in Practice Public Space Public Life Design Module – Studio Module leader (design project). Liaising and reporting to director and course chair. A distance teaching module combined with design in practice. Intensive use of Learning Central, electronic portfolio submission and feedback, course blog, email and three one week intensive contact with students. Participated to interim and final reviews, final marking and moderation with course chair. Organised and managed visit and interviews of senior practitioner in 15 different architectural and urban design practices from small to international.
The Welsh School of Architecture is recognised internationally for its research. It has the highest research rating of any School of Architecture in the UK.
10-11: Cardiff University, Welsh School of Architecture.
MA Urban Design (33 students) Urban Bloc and Public Spaces Design Module – Studio Module leader (lecture and tutorials). Liaising and reporting to course director. Managed two practitioners for tutorials and lectures and two software demonstrators for workshop. Organised and administered interim internal and final external reviews with eight external practitioners and several internal lecturers. Led in collaboration with course director new marking framework distinguishing project output from project outcomes. Redefined and updated module design brief to engage students in extended contemporary public space conditions. Development of course material used by course chair for lecture support in the MArch1 Design and Practice Module. Established module report.
2011: Centre for Education in the Built Environment, courseware embedding space syntax spatial design analysis in GIS for Large Scale Urban design.
11-12: Cardiff University, School of Planning and Geography.
MA Urban Design (28 students). Studio 1 new design module. High density High quality urban living in London – Module leader. 81% Student feedback summary 4.4/5. Positive external examiner report.
With invited tutors: Tim Gale, Head of Planning, Landscape & Urban Design at HOK, Senior Vice President at HOK International, Louie Sieh, Freelance built environment consultant, and Sherin Aminossehe, Head of Regional Strategy, Government Property Unit, Cabinet Office at UK Government.
Managed team of 5 tutors for tutorials, lectures and one software technician for workshop. Organised and administered interim internal and final external reviews with eight external practitioners and several internal lecturers.
- MA Urban Design supervision. Cardiff University CPLAN & WSA.
- Diploma thesis advisor at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London.
- Diploma thesis advisor at the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture, Grenoble.
- MSc Cities Design and Social Science, London Schools of Economics and Political Science.
- MA Architecture and Digital Media thesis advisor at University of Westminster, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, London.
Curriculum and Instructional Development, Teaching Innovations
Degree thesis advisor at the Architectural Association, School of Architecture, London
Core courses in the area of events design, Architecture, urban strategies. Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture - Grenoble. I initiated and developed new design teaching methods with the aim to promote a better understanding of architecture, urban strategy, event design and how these elements need to effectively interact to achieve their full potential. Students’ projects won several local, regional, and national awards and were invited at the Venice Biennale.
Curriculum Development, Experimental courses developed to initiate new areas of inquiry
1. Core course Syracuse University – spatial design analysis and design.
2. Optional course in parametric generative sketching. Kingston University.
1990: Visiting Assistant Professor with Prof. Raoul Bunschoten, School of Architecture MARCHI, Moscow.
1992: Visiting Assistant Professor with Prof. Raoul Bunschoten, Academie von Bouwkunst, Hogesschool, Amsterdam. 'One Room City – Field in White Memory’.
1992: Workshop director, European Assembly of Student in Architecture, Kolomna. 'The City as endless table' Urban model, architecture.
1993: Visiting Assistant Professor with Prof. Jacques Sbrigglio, 5th International Seminar DOMUS, Post-Graduate Studio, Naples.
1995: Visiting Assistant Professor with Prof. Raoul Bunschoten, Berlage Institute of Architecture, Amsterdam Master. Edge city project.
1996: Visiting Professor, Institute of Technology, School of Architecture, Vaasa, Finland, 'Future Archaeology' Urban project, architecture.
1996: Visiting Professor, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Master. Urban project. Invited by Claire Robinson.
1996: Visiting Assistant Professor with Prof. Raoul Bunschoten, Städelschule, School of Architecture, Frankfurt, Germany, 'Morphology and social dynamic' Urban project.
1996: Visiting Professor, MESA Master in European Architectural Studies, London, Paris, Helsinki. Invited by Ron Kenley, programme director.
1997: Visiting Assistant Professor with Prof. Raoul Bunschoten, Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Master. Urban project 'The City, scénarii'.
96-97: Visiting Professor, University of Art and Design (UIAH), Helsinki, Finland. 'Future Settlement' Urban project, Invited by Jan Vervijnen and Martin Relander, Master Architecture and environment.
96-98: Visiting Professor. Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts, Lyon. ARC. Invited by Sonja Dicquemare.
2010: Visiting lecturer. Cardiff University, School of City and Regional Planning and the Welsh School of Architecture, MA in Urban Design, working with Marga Munar Bauza, module lead, we ran a short workshop pilot introducing GIS and Space Syntax analyses during the Design Studio Neighbourhood Design.
2013: Visiting lecturer. Tongji University, CAUP.
Invited Lecture, Workshop Without Proceedings
'Chance, Flow, Politics of Water'
1995: Architectural Association, School of Architecture, London. Lecture Series.
1995: Städelschule Architekturklasse, Frankfurt, Germany. Lecture Series.
1995: Berlage Institute of Architecture, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Lecture Series.
2012: Kingston University, School of Architecture, London. Lecture Series.
'Sketching myths and practices, 3D Sketching'
1998: 4th Design & Decision Support System, International Conference in Architecture & Urban Planning Eidhoven University of Technology, Maastrich, Netherlands.
1998: 1st International Seminar, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Grenoble, France. 'Action, research, teaching & IT'.
1998: International Annual Design History Society Conference. Huddersfield University. 'Design Innovation: conception to Consumption'.
1998: Metropolitan University, School of architecture, London. Summer School.
'SimCity fictions, Sim GIS, Urban Politics'
1995: Centre de Créations Contemporaine, Tours, France. International Exchange (1995).Royal Academy of Arts, London. 'Edge City' Symposium.
1996: MESA Master in Architectural Europena Studies – London, Paris, Helsinki. University of Art and Design (UIAH). Helsinki, Finland. Seminar, tutorial and Jury. Directed by Ron Kenley with Don Bates, Pascal Shoening and Jean Attali.
1996: 'The Creative City' International Conference on Urban Design and the Information Society. University of Art and Design (UIAH). Helsinki, Finland. 'Events Design for Delayed Architecture' with Geoff Mulgan, Peter Hall, Bert Mulder, Charles Landry.
1996: 'War Stricken Cities' Symposium, Aarhus School of Architecture. Aarhus, Denmark. 'Linz, long range effect of WWII'.
1997: Architectural Association, School of Architecture, London. 'Exes' 150th AA anniversary.
1997: Greek Ministry of Environment - French Cultural Institute, Athens, Greece. 'Para urbanism, decentralised design'.
1997: Lecture Series, Architectural Association, School of Architecture, London. 'Architecture what for?'.
1999: 2nd International Seminar, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme. Grenoble, France. 'Action, research, teaching & IT'.
1999: Architectural Association, School of Architecture, London. Intermediate School Lecture Series.
1999: Royal College of Art, London. MA architecture Lecture Series.
2000: Ecole Supérieure Nationale des Beaux Arts, Grenoble, France. ‘Friche à l'œuvre’.
2006: Foncière Logement, Paris, Rénovation de Quartiers d’Habitat et Diversification, Expérience en France et à l’Etranger. January 4-6th.
2007: Tallinn University, Estonian Academy of Arts, Department of Architecture, MA in Urban Studies. Intensive course and workshop January 9-19 - Modelling Urban Space and Process with Prof. Panu Lehtovuori, Mauri Kaipainen, Ülar Mark, Anssi Joutsiniemi and Prof. Rein Ahas.
2007: The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, February 13th. Planning Safer Street. Syracuse University, London, January 31st.
2008: University of Tokyo, Center for Cooperative Research - Institute of Industrial Science. Professor Masao Kuwahara: spatial network design analyses.
2008: World Business District Summit for Sustainable development 14th-15th February. EPAD. La Défense Paris.
2008: Société Française des Urbanistes, Deutsche Akademie fur Stadtebau und Landesplanung. From the Leipzig Charter to a common European sustainability framework. Epamarne-Epafrance – Paris Marne la Vallée. 13th June. WS 2: Networking for sustainable European cities. What roles for planners?
2008: Tongji University, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shanghai, China – Space matters.
2008: Zhejiang University, College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China – Space matters.
2008: China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China – Space matters.
2008: Chongqing University, Architecture and Construction College, Shapingba, Chongqing – Space matters.
2008: Université Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne, Institut de Géographie, Centre de Recherche sur les Réseaux, l’Industrie et l’Aménagement (CRIA), Professeur Gabriel Dupuy.
2008: Université Paris Est Marne la Vallée, Laboratoire Ville Mobilité Transport (ENPC, INRETS and LVMT) – spatial network design analyses and land use distribution.
2008: Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE, UK) – invited seminar UK planning system vs French planning system.
2009: The London School of Economics and political Science, Urban and Regional Economics Seminar, Centre for Economic Performance, February 13th.
2009: University of Tokyo, Centre for Spatial Information Science. Professor Yasushi Asami: Property price and spatial network design analyses.
2009: University of Tokyo, Center for Cooperative Research - Institute of Industrial Science,. Professor Masao Kuwahara: Traffic distribution and spatial network design.
2010: Train station 9th Annual UK Rail Stations Conference 2010 24 February 2010-03-09: urban form and station spatial integration, are train station the new urban centre?
2010: Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE, UK) – invited seminar: spatial design planning: centre in Greater London.
2012: Chongqing University, School of Architecture and Urban Planning. The 3rd International Symposium on Sustainable Development of Human Settlements in Mountainous Regions. 11th– 13th May. Is there anything to learn from flat western mega-city?
2012: Hefei University of Technology, School of Architecture and Urban Planning. High Density High Quality Living in London.
2012: “Urban Network Modelling Tools as a Basis for Interdisciplinary Teaching in Urban Design, Architecture and other Disciplines”. Innovations in Built Environment Education. Conference Centre for Education in the Built Environment, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford. 22nd May 2012. Invited speaker. http://ibee-conference.com/
2013: Zhejiang University, College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China – knowable and unknowable spaces.
2013: Tongji University CAUP, lecture series over 4 weeks: space syntax within and without.
2004-09: Successfully initiated and implemented the internship programme at Space Syntax Limited.
2012-: Initiated an internship summer program at Cardiff University, School of Planning and Geography which attracted 10 participants from China, France and Italy within the first month.
Consultancy Projects (selection 2000-2009)
During 2005-2009 represented between £250,000 and £300,000 yearly professional fees.
Spatial Planning, Spatial Design and Planning Policy – regional, sub-regional
2007: London Public Realm Strategy – Greater London Authority – 8m inhabitants.
Executive advisor in the development of a Public Realm Strategy for Greater London using GIS socio-spatial analysis to prioritize improvements to the design and management of Greater London’s streets and squares for the next 15 years. With Alan Baxter Associates for the Greater London Authority.
08-09: London Borough of Croydon (LBC) – Local development framework – Core strategy.
Spatial baseline: identifying spatial design patterns in relationship to existing land use, movement and socio-economic patterns. For the LBC.
08-09: London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) -Local development framework – Core strategy & Town centre spatial strategy - 250,000 inhabitants.
Spatial baseline and spatial scenarios: identifying spatial design patterns in relationship to existing and projected land use, movement and socio-economic changes. Providing spatial design policy advice based on study output. With Renaisi and Roger Tym & Partners. For the LBTH.
08-09: London Borough of Croydon (LBC) – Local Development Framework – Infrastructure Delivery Plan.
Housing, town centre development, education, health and Green Infrastructure - 360,000 inhabitants. For the LBC.
09-10: North London Value Planning and Regeneration Benchmarking Programme 09-11, For the London Borough of Haringey.
Across 7 boroughs in North London – 3,600,000 inhabitants, the North London Strategic Alliance (NLSA), Unitary Development Plan (UDP) and Local Development Framework (LDF) - Core Strategy policy analysis to quantify how similar/different UDP and LDF Core Strategy are and establish the business case for sharing Spatial Policy making resources and services.
2011: London Borough of Haringey and the North London Strategic Alliance. Aligning localism with delivery, budgeting and service delivery.
11-12: St Quentin en Yvelines, France, agglomeration wide (150,000 inhabitants) spatial design profiling and spatial development with values contours scenario appraisal.
Spatial Design and Planning Policy – Area Action Plan (AAP) for growth area and Supplementary Planning Guidance
Urban spatial design baseline: land use, movement patterns and urban spatial design analyses, leading to the generation and evaluation of spatial design development options for the emerging Town Centre Area Action Plan. Providing spatial design evaluation and planning policy advice based on study output and others inter-disciplinary studies.
2003: London, Stockwell, 220ha, 30,000 inhabitants. For the Stockwell Partnership.
02-05: London, Elephant & Castle, 70 ha – Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPD). With Foster & Partners, Make, Tibbalds Planning & Urban Design for the London Borough of Southwark.
2006: London, Ilford Town Metropolitan Centre, AAP. With Tibbalds Planning & Urban Design for the London Borough of Redbridge.
2007: London Borough of Croydon, Croydon Metropolitan Town Centre, AAP. For the London Borough of Croydon.
2007: London Borough of Ealing, Ealing Strategic Metropolitan Town Centre Development Framework. With Tibbalds Planning & Urban Design for the London Borough of Ealing.
2007: Oxford, Oxford West End, Oxpens Square, AAP. For Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council.
2007: London, Walthamstow Town Major Centre, AAP. With the Prince’s Foundation for the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
Spatial Design and Planning - Town extension masterplan and framework
Strategic spatial design for growth and development option assessment.
Baseline study to evaluate existing spatial, land use and movement analyses across the entire town and preparation of strategic spatial redevelopment advice.
Participation to inquiry by design process with The Prince's Foundation.
2002: Gravesend Heritage Quarter, Kent. With the Kent Architecture Centre for Gravesham Borough Council and Kent County Council.
2006: Aldershot, Hampshire. For Hampshire County Council and Rushmoor Borough Council. Lincoln. With the Prince’s Foundation for City of Lincoln Council.
2007: Ellon, Aberdeen – Award winning. With the Prince’s Foundation for Aberdeenshire Council.
06-08: Romsey, Hampshire. With The Prince's Foundation. Private developer.
2009: Bordon, Hampshire. Selected Eco-town. For Hampshire County Council, East Hampshire District Council.
2012: Trowbridge, Wilshire, UK. Town Centre Masterplan and town extension design advice. For Arup.
Spatial Design Advice and Masterplan
Baseline study to evaluate current patterns of pedestrian usage (movement, crossing, static activity), including analysis of level of service, spatial layout, urban form, land use, and crime.
Creation of development strategy. Strategic spatial design analysis and advice for the development options. Signing strategic study. Communities engagements (Inquiry by Design).
2000: Millennium Quarter, Isle of Dogs, London. With MacCormac Jamieson Prichard Architects and Proctor Matthews Architects for the Ogden Group of Companies.
2001: Regent's Place, London. With Shepperd Robson Architects and Bovis Lend Lease, for the British Land Company PLC.
2001: Stratford City, East London. For Stanhope PLC and Chelsfield PLC.
2003: London, Borough Road and South Bank University. For the London Borough of Southwark.
2003: Public Space Public Life, spatial analysis of Copenhagen city centre. For Jan Gehl & Lars Gemzoe.
2006: London, Sydenham High Street. For the London Borough of Lewisham.
2008: London, Chinatown. With The Prince's Foundation for Chinatown Partnership and Westminster City Council.
2008: London, Lambeth Streatham High Street. With EDAW for the London Borough of Lambeth.
Spatial Design Advice and Masterplan - Cultural and knowledge campus
Analysis of the existing campus spatial design and development of a masterplan concept. Preparation of Public Realm chapter of the Environmental Impact Assessment.
Development of visitor circulation strategy and internal space planning design. Spatial design integration of existing building and new building.
2005: London, Tate Modern. With Herzog + de Meuron architects and URS for Tate Modern.
2004: Arizona, USA. Arizona State University. With Foster & Partners and Behnisch & Behnisch & Partners for Arizona State University.
2004: Beijing, China. National Museum. With Foster and Partners, for Beijing National Museum.
2004: London, British Museum. With Ian Ritchie Architects for the British Museum.
2004: Harvard, USA. Harvard University. With Foster & Partners for Boston University.
2003: Milan, Ex Fair Site. With Foster & Partners and Frank O. Gehry & Associates for Risanamento S.p.A., IPI S.p.A., Fiat engineering S.p.A., Astaldi S.p.A., Chelsfield PLC, and Langdale Consulting Llc.
Continuous Professional Development
2012: Modelling World Conference, Analysis and visualisation: empowering decision-making for transport, space and place. 11th– 12thJuly, London.
2011: Sustainable Transport Systems, influencing travel behaviour, 14thApril, Public Service, London.
2011: Redesigning Local Services, change for the better, 23rdMarch, Public Service, London.
2011: Modelling World Conference, 16th– 17thJune, London.
2010: Advances in Spatial Analysis & e-Social Science, 13th April, CASA, London.
2010: LDF Conversion Course, 03, 09, 16 March, Planning Advisory Service, London.
2010: Facing the future: Challenges for Planning and Local Government, 09 March, Planning Advisory Service Spring Regional Seminars, London.
2010: Modelling World Conference, 17th– 18thJune, London.
10-11: Auditor. Birkbeck College, Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics. University of London. Graduate Diploma in Econometrics (MSc. Economics Programme: Econometrics, Advanced Econometrics).
09-10: Auditor. Birkbeck College, Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics. University of London. Graduate Diploma in Economics Programme (Micro, Macro).
2009: Urban design and the Planning System, 23-24 November, Planning Advisory Service. London.
2008: Mini MBA - Birkbeck College (Corporate strategy, marketing, operation, human resource, finance and accounting).
98-99: Auditor MSc Advanced Architectural Studies, University College London, The Bartlett Graduate School of Architecture.
1997: Auditor. Introduction to Landscape GIS. University of Greenwich, School of Architecture and Landscape.
1997: 'Fast growth cities in South East China’ AD seminar, Royal Academy of Art. Directed by R. Koolhass.
1996: 'Effective design studio teaching, studio role and values' Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies. York University.
1996: 'Design Studio and self-teaching' University of Greenwich, School of Architecture and Landscape.
1996: 'Architecture and Science' AD seminar, Royal Academy of Art. Directed by C. Jencks.
1995: 'Typological processes and project strategy theory’ MIT, School of Architecture.
1995: 'Edge Cities' AD seminar, Royal Academy of Art.
1998: 'Architecture Intermundium' International Project Seminar, directed by D. Libeskind.
1986: 'Architecture and City' Domus, International Project Seminar, directed by Prof. K. Frampton.