The Max Lock Centre is an international development research and consultancy group based in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster.

We focus on international sustainable development in all parts of the world, including: public policy and professional practice in urban and regional planning, poverty reduction, management and governance in the built environment, community empowerment and building resilience and the creation of sustainable livelihoods at neighbourhood, city and regional levels.

The Max Lock Centre is committed to the principle of ‘Planning by People’. Drawing on the concepts of civic diagnosis, community participation and sustainable development, the Centre continues the tradition of multi-disciplinary grassroots planning, developed over the last 50 years by the Max Lock Group both in the UK and overseas.

The University of Westminster holds the archive of papers, letters, notebooks and publications of Max Lock and the Max Lock Group, and the papers of John F. C. Turner

3D miniature city project.

Our approach

The inspiration and tradition behind our work.

Hands together


Find out more about the staff contributing to the Max Lock Centre.

View of front of Regent Street building

The archive

Our archive of papers, letters, notebooks and publications of Max Lock, the Max Lock Group and John F.C.Turner.

City view from a hill.

Sustainable Adamawa Development

An introduction to our Sustainable Adamawa Development project.

Red Telephone Box


Get in touch with the Max Lock Centre.