The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is pleased to announce that Richard Burdett has been appointed LSE Centennial Professor in Architecture and Urbanism.
This new appointment, the first ever professorship in the urban design field at LSE, took effect on 1 January 2005 and is based within LSE's Sociology Department. It coincides with Burdett's stepping down as founding director of the LSE Cities Programme which he established in 1997 as the first design-based centre for teaching, research and consultancy in a school of social science.
Over the last seven years the LSE Cities Programme has organised international conferences with mayors and policymakers, undertaken pioneering research on urban regeneration, density and urban design, attracted external funding for student bursaries and research, and generated a new cadre of interdisciplinary urbanists with over 150 graduates working in the urban field across the world.
Professor Burdett will continue his work at LSE both as a teacher and as director of Urban Age, a worldwide series of conferences on the future of cities, funded by the Deutsche Bank's Alfred Herrhausen Society. Over the next two years, six conferences will be held starting in New York City and then moving on to Shanghai, London, Johannesburg, and Mexico City. The series will conclude in Berlin in November 2006. Urban Age conferences will bring together world-class academics, practitioners and politicians to explore the relationships between life in the city, its form and its and governance.
For more information on the Urban Age, please visit www.urban-age.net, launched in January 2005.
Grand designs (25 Jan 05)
Richard Burdett, has been made centennial professor in architecture and urbanism. It is the LSE's first ever professorship in the field of urban design, and comes as Professor Burdett steps down as founding director of the LSE Cities Programme. Robert Tavernor, at present professor of architecture and head of the department of architecture and civil engineering at Bath University, will replace him in that role and also become professor of urban design.
17 January 2005