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The VivaCity Team

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VivaCity2020 Investigators:

Professor Rachel Cooper (Principal Investigator)

Professor Ghassan Aouad

Professor Trevor Cox

Dr Ben Croxford

Dr Caroline Davey

Professor Graeme Evans

Professor Terrence Fernando

Professor Julienne Hanson

Professor Bill Hillier

Professor Alan Penn

Professor Steve Sharples

Professor Rachel Cooper – Lancaster University

(Principal Investigator and Co-Author of the project proposal)

Rachel Cooper is Professor of Design Management at the University of Lancaster, where she is Director of Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts and also ImaginationLancaster (a centre for research into products, places and systems for the future). She led the VivaCity2020 project throughout its 5-year duration. Professor Cooper has also undertaken several advisory roles to national and international universities, government and non-governmental organisations.

Dr Mags Adams – the University of Salford

Mags has developed an innovative methodology, centering on the concepts of soundscapes and sensory experiences and encompassing the sensory perceptions of urban residents and has worked on a variety of other projects. Mags holds a BA(Hons) in Economics from UCNW, Bangor, an MSc in European Environmental Policy from Lancaster University and a PhD in Science Studies from Lancaster University.


Rosita Aiesha – London Metropolitan University

Rosita Aiesha was engaged in multi-disciplinary research investigating the conditions for sustainability in mixed-use developments in urban environments. Rosita has a geography and planning background and has worked in planning in local government. Her research interests are in urban planning and policy processes, regeneration and gentrification processes.

Professor Ghassan Aouad – the University of Salford

(Co-Investigator and Co-Author of the project proposal)

Professor Ghassan Aouad is Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law & the Built Environment and Professor of Construction IT & Management within the School of the Built Environment. Ghassan is also Director of the £5m EPSRC funded Salford Centre for Research & Innovation in the Built & Human Environment.

Jo-Anne Bichard – University College London

Jo-Anne specialises in inclusive design of products and environments. She is especially interested in public space within the built environment and the relationships between designing for improved access through inclusive design, sustainable design and design against crime.

Dr Christopher Boyko – Lancaster University

Christopher Boyko is a Research Fellow. Research interests include technology and public space, place meaning and identity, multiculturalism and tourism. In 2004, he received his PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Irvine, where he explored the impacts of a tourist hallmark event on the meanings that residents gave to their city centre. Email:

Daniel Cadman – Lancaster University


Professor Trevor Cox – the University of Salford

(Co-Investigator and Co-Author of the project proposal)

Trevor Cox carries out research, teaching and commercial activities in acoustics. Prof Cox pioneered the concept of optimised diffusers to help solve the dilemma of getting correct visual and acoustic design. His designs can be found in listening rooms (Sony M1, New York), cinemas (Cinema, Seattle) and concert halls (Hummingbird Centre, Toronto).

Dr Ben Croxford – University College London

(Co-Investigator and Co-Author of the project proposal)

Ben has been a lecturer for the MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering at the Bartlett, UCL since 2000 and course director since 2007. He has worked on several research projects at the Bartlett, investigating distribution of carbon monoxide in streets, air quality in offices and also air quality in dwellings with gas cookers.

Dr Caroline Davey – the University of Salford

(Co-Investigator and Co-Author of the project proposal)

Dr Caroline Davey is Associate Director of Adelphi Research Institute. She is Co-Director of the Design Against Crime Solution Centre. Caroline was a partner in the AHRB Doctoral Research Training project (2004 -06) with University of Sunderland and Manchester Metropolitan University, and also in the EPSRC (2006) InSITU project. Caroline’s research has examined Socially Responsible Design—the use of design and ‘design thinking’ to address social problems and benefit society, and she initiated (with Andrew Wootton) an international conference track on this subject at the European Academy of Management conference, Munich, 2005.

Professor Graeme Evans – London Metropolitan University

(Co-Investigator and Co-Author of the project proposal)

Professor Evans heads the Cities Institute, which focuses on cities, urban regeneration and urban society. Professor Evans holds an MA and PhD from City University and was director of the Centre for Leisure & Tourism Studies at the University of North London where he joined the Business School in 1988 as a senior lecturer in Economics and Finance. He was also Director of Research for Central St Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London, before returning to London Met to head up the new Cities Institute.

Professor Terrence Fernando – the University of Salford

(Co-Investigator and Co-Author of the project proposal)

Professor Terrence Fernando is the Director of the Future Workspaces Research Centre and the Scientific and Technical Director for the Think Lab. He has a proven track record in leading successful multi-disciplinary research programmes involving large number of research teams in areas such as distributed virtual engineering, virtual building construction, driving simulations, virtual prototyping, urban simulation, and maintenance simulation. He is currently the technical manager for the EU funded CoSpaces project and a core member of the INTUITION Network of Excellence in Virtual Reality involving over 50 key VR centres across Europe.

Dr Jo Foord – London Metropolitan University

Dr Jo Foord has a research and teaching background in Human Geography and has worked in local government. Her particular research interests are in urban social and cultural inequalities. She is currently completing research into the governance of disadvantaged urban areas in Vancouver as part of a comparative study of Canadian ad British cities and engaged in multi-disciplinary research into the quality of life in mixed-use inner city neighbourhoods. She has also undertaken research into local cultural policy and creative industries, consumption and retail change, and gendered employment all within the context of the uneven development of city spaces. Email:

Professor Clara Greed – the University of the West of England

Professor Clara Greed wofrks as a researcher in the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of the West of England. She is a Committee member of the British Toilet Association; Chair of the International Toilet Standards Committee of the World Toilet Organisation and Member of the British Standards Revision Committee 6456 on sanitary installations.

Dr Changfeng Fu – the University of Salford


Professor Julienne Hanson – University College London

(Co-Investigator and Co-Author of the project proposal)

Julienne Hanson is Professor of House Form and Culture at the Bartlett, UCL, where she has been a teacher and researcher since 1975. Professor Hanson is the co-originator with Professor Bill Hillier of the 'space syntax' computer-based representations, analytic techniques and research methodologies that have become the basis of the 'space syntax' configurational analysis of building layouts and urban places.

Victoria Henshaw – the University of Salford

Victoria Henshaw is a PhD student and has worked as a professional within the built environment field for over a decade having undertaken roles for a number of northern local authorities and central government as well as establishing her own regeneration and research consultancy. Victoria’s past research interests include research into the management of street prostitution in urban areas through to an examination of the social and economic impacts of casino developments in UK Towns and Cities. Her postgraduate qualifications include a Masters Degree in Urban Regeneration, a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science Research Methods and an Institute of Public Relations Diploma in Public Relations.

Professor Bill Hillier – University College London

(Co-Investigator and Co-Author of the project proposal)

Bill Hillier is Professor of Architectural and Urban Morphology in the University of London, Chairman of the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies and Director of the Space Syntax Laboratory in University College London. He holds a DSc (higher doctorate) in the University of London.

Frances Hollis – London Metropolitan University

Dr Lesley Mackay – the University of Salford

Gemma Moore – University College London


Chiron Mottram – University College London

Chiron Mottram is a senior researcher at the Bartlett, employed originally on the Intelligent Architecture Project 1995-97. He has worked in the VR Centre for the Built Environment since its inception in 1997. His experience has been focused on programming Augmented and Virtual Realities with their associated hardware and software as well as creating software to do real time pedestrian simulation. Email:

Naomi Pemberton Billing – Lancaster University

Professor Alan Penn – University College London

(Co-Investigator and Co-Author of the project proposal)

Alan Penn is Professor of Architectural and Urban Computing at The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London, and Director of the VR Centre for the Built Environment. His research focuses on understanding the way that the design of the built environment affects the patterns of social and economic behaviour of organisations and communities. Professor Penn is also a founding director of Space Syntax Ltd.

Irini Perdikogianni – University College London

Irini Perdikogianni is a registered architect engineer with experience in practice. Irini joined the VR Centre and Space Group at the Bartlett, UCL in December 2002 as Research Assistant before becoming Research Fellow in 2003. She has worked on EPSRC consortia VivaCity2020 and SOLUTIONS. In the VivaCity2020 project Irini was the main UCL Research Fellow involved in developing methods to bring together quantitative analysis of spatial structure of diverse and dense urban areas with qualitative data on individuals’ experience of those areas as ‘places’. Irini also joined Space Syntax in October 2006 as a Research Consultant.

Dr Mohamed Refaee – the University of Sheffield

Ozlem Sahbaz – University College London

Ozlem obtained her BSc in Urban and Regional Planning in Istanbul Technical University and her MSc in Geographical Information Technologies, in Middle East Technical University (METU). During her MSc studies she worked at the National Research Council of Turkey. Ozlem has been at UCL since September 2002, where she is undertaking research towards a PhD on the relationship between robbery patterns and the configurational characteristics of urban space.

Professor Steve Sharples – the University of Sheffield

(Co-Investigator and Co-Author of the project proposal)

Professor Sharples graduated with a First in Physics from the University of Nottingham and completed a PhD in wind-induced cooling of buildings at the University of Sheffield, where he became Reader in Architectural Science. He Head of the School of Architecture, Technology and Environment at Sheffield Hallam. Professor Sharples returned to the University of Sheffield in 2005 as Professor of Environmental Design and Sustainability, and was appointed Deputy Head of the School in 2007.

Judith Torrington – the University of Sheffield

As a practicing architect, Judith specialised in designing residential buildings for older people, and before that in social housing and school design. Since her appointment at Sheffield University in 2001 Judith has increasingly been involved in research in design for old age.

Professor Edja Trigueiro – University College London

Dr Laura Vaughan – University College London

Laura Vaughan is the Course Director for the MSc in Advanced Architectural Studies at the Bartlett Graduate School and runs the Urban Transformations module within that course/ Prior to joining UCL in 2001, Laura was Research Associate and Company Secretary at Space Syntax Limited, a UCL technology transfer company. Laura’s first degree was in Environmental Design from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel (after which she practiced as an architect for several years) and her Masters degree in Advanced Architectural Studies was completed at the Bartlett in 1994.

Andrew Wootton – the University of Salford

(Co-Author of the project proposal)

Andrew Wootton is Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Design Against Crime Solution Centre. He has produced practical guidance material for industry on equality and diversity (Mix Matters, 2006) and Design Against Crime (The Crime Lifecycle, 2005; Guidance for the Design of Residential Areas, 2003; Design Against Crime Evaluation Framework, 2005). Andrew focuses on Socially Responsible Design—the use of design and ‘design thinking’ to address social problems and benefit society and has initiated a creative design consultancy DesignThinking. Email:

Jialiang Yao – the University of Salford


Reem Zako – University College London


VivaCity2020 – Re-interpreting the research: Artists-in-residence:

Helen Bendon


Jessica Thom


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