Senior Lecturer in Planning, Dr Giulio Verdini, has been appointed Course Leader for University of Westminster’s new Designing Cities: Planning and Architecture BA Honours degree. The course will be running for the first time from September 2016.

Responding to the growing challenges posed by a rapidly urbanising global population, University of Westminster launched the new degree course to equip the next generation of city experts with interdisciplinary skills to cross-fertilise the fields of planning, urban design and architecture.

Previous to his current role, Dr Verdini spent a significant time in China. He was Lecturer and then Associate Professor in Urban Planning and Design at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) and founder Co-Director of the XJTLU Research Institute of Urbanisation. Located in the dynamic metropolitan area of Shanghai-Suzhou, he has extensively studied the urban challenges posed to one of the fastest-growing urban areas of the world, and published the book Urban China’s Rural Fringe. Over the years Dr Verdini has combined his research activities with planning consultancy in Europe and China.

The aim of the new integrated Designing Cities: Planning and Architecture BA Honours degree is to enable students to develop a broad understanding of how cities work and how design can contribute to their sustainable development.

Based at the University’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, the new practice-focused Designing Cities: Planning and Architecture BA is the only interdisciplinary undergraduate planning and architecture course that uses the global city of London with its variety of challenges as a learning environment. The course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute responding to the rapid evolution of job market which requires stronger interdisciplinary profiles in shaping future cities. Students will also undertake a work placement as part of the course and will engage with practitioners, local communities, associations and policy makers.

The University of Westminster is one of the UK's leading centres for the study of Architecture and the Built Environment, inspiring more than 2,000 students at its teaching base at Marylebone in central London. The Faculty aims to explore the core subject areas that address the future shape of our cities and encourage the dynamic thinking that makes our courses the envy of others.

Find out more about the University’s new Designing Cities: Planning and Architecture BA Honours degree.


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