Ms Jennifer Cirne

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The Development Planning Unit conducts world-leading research and postgraduate teaching that helps to build the capacity of national governments, local authorities, NGOs, aid agencies and businesses working towards socially just and sustainable development in the global south. We are part of The Bartlett: UCL's global faculty of the built environment.



Jennifer did her BArch studies at the University of Toronto where she  focused on a people-centred approach to architecture.  During her studies she worked with an aboriginal community in Central Australia on housing related design projects and her final thesis entitled, 'Design for Health' looked to address Toronto's housing shortage for older people, combined with a strategy for revitalising downtown neighbourhoods. Following her BArch, Jennifer went on to work for the NGOs Rooftops Canada and Built Environment Support Group.  Based in South Africa, she worked on different community projects within townships, including community infrastructure upgrades, neighbourhood /community centres, schools and children's homes.  She collaborated on research projects, facilitated savings club programmes, and supported a building industry skills transfer centre.

In London, Jennifer is a practicing architect and she worked in the design of housing for older people, and education and community projects as a designer, facilitator and client advisor. Within her architectural praxis she is exploring the growing opportunities for community-led housing provision in the UK, a mechanism supported by the government's localism policies. She has worked with Crisis UK, and was a trustee for Architecture for Humanity - London where she was involved in both London-based and international projects.  

During 2009-2011 Jennifer went on to further her expertise in the area of design for development by studying at the DPU in the Building and Urban Design programme, graduating with distinction. Jennifer's final dissertation was entitled 'Post-Consumption Globalisation' and was the study of how, through taking 'post-consumption' trajectories from today's dominant paradigm, we not only challenge the urban realities which we currently produce, but also open up and expose new opportunities for alternative realities within more even, sustaining and transformative urban geographies.

Jennifer has experience working on projects in Ghana, South Africa, Malawi, India, Thailand, UK, Australia and Canada.

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