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University urbanism: Campus Development and Urban Regeneration

07 July 09:30 - 18:00
Organized by: UCL Urban Laboratory
UCL Faculty of the Built Environment
22 Gordon Street

An intensive one-day course presenting comparative case studies and good practice guidelines on university campus development which engage with and contribute to wider urban regeneration goals, positioning universities as ‘anchor institutions’.


Aimed at developers and consultants, university estates professionals, town planners, masterplanning firms, and architectural practices, the course will address specific industry challenges in the field of university-led urban regeneration, notably:


- how universities can maximise investment value in their estates while also enhancing university-city relationships;

- how universities, planners and design consultants can communicate with each other and with communities effectively to achieve the best development outcomes.


Through a combination of lectures, discussion and individual and group exercises, the course will focus on three key issues:


- Site selection and creation of partnerships and long-term relationships between universities and other urban actors, e.g. city councils, businesses, and community stakeholder groups.

- Universities as clients: visioning processes and briefing of masterplanners and architectural consultants; academics and students as key stakeholder groups in university development.

- University space: what kinds of buildings and spaces do universities need, and how do they form connections with the wider urban environment?


The course will provide access to evidence-based case study research – which will be used to illustrate general principles or introduce innovative ideas – plus data on university campus development in urban environments, as well as personal insights from experienced professionals and practitioners in the field.


By the end of this course you'll have learned:


- to recognise key issues in university development and to contextualise these within a wider discussion around urban regeneration

- to incorporate evidence-based arguments into design approaches

- to justify innovatory approaches to university development

- to critique development processes by reference to current academic research

- to demonstrate knowledge and refer to a number of comparative case studies


On completion of the course, participants will receive a UCL certificate of participation.

Lunch will be provided, and throughout the day there will be the opportunity for networking, ending with a drinks reception on the roof terrace of the Bartlett’s newly remodeled building.


Course team:


- Clare Melhuish

- John Goddard OBE

- Roger Hawkins

- Alexi Marmot

- Ben Campkin

- Georgiana Varna


Image: New York University, NYC: approved Core plan. Masterplanners Grimshaw. Image courtesy of New York University, Grimshaw / Michael Van Vakenburgh Associates INC