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The Bartlett School of Planning is one of the oldest and most respected Schools of planning in the world. In 2014 we will be celebrating our centenary, and as we approach this historic milestone, we are larger, more diverse, more active and in a stronger position than ever before to address the planning challenges of the future.

During our history many of the worlds most notable academics in the broad planning arena have worked within the School, including Sir Patrick Abercrombie, Ruth Glass, Lord William Holford, Nat Lichfield, Lord Richard Llewelyn-Davies, and Mike Batty. Today the School's professoriate remain some of the leading figures in their fields, and include: Sir Peter Hall (the history and future of cities), Matthew Carmona (urban design), Nick Gallent (housing), Michael Hebbert (planning history and urban design), Harry Dimitriou (transport 'mega-projects'), Pat McAllister (real estate and planning), Nick Phelps (economic development), Mike Raco (urban regeneration), Yvonne Rydin (environmental sustainability), John Tomaney (local and regional economic development) and Fulong Wu (China urbanisation).

Our location in the heart of central London, one of the world's most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities, has always placed us at the forefront of policy-relevant critical debate, empirical urban study, and research-led teaching on the practices of shaping space, cities and regions. Today the very international and interdisciplinary staff profile and student body are evidence of the distinctive reputation UCL and the Bartlett School of Planning have garnered worldwide, and testament to our commitment to excellence in planning-related education and research.