Civic Designer | UCL Course

For a couple of years now I have been collaborating with Pablo Sendra on a course focused on Civic Design for UCL. I share here the recordings of the videos I have produced for this course.

The course is called CPD Civic Design. You can find more info and enroll here.

This is a blended course for planners, urban designers and architects working in practice, consultancy, as freelancers, or in local authorities. The course is ideal for those involved in co-design processes and community engagement.

Civic engagement is now considered to be a key process in urban design and planning practice. For avoiding ‘box-ticking’ engagement processes that do not genuinely involve communities in decision making, it is essential to learn and experience how to work in collaboration with communities.

Delivered in collaboration with community groups across London, the UCL Civic Design CPD course will:

  • Equip participants with methods and tools to run co-design processes, enable civic engagement and involve communities in decision-making.
  • Expose participants to the direct experience of working in collaboration with community groups.

During the course you will undertake a group project together with a London community group. The brief for the course will be previously agreed with the community groups and it will address some of the current needs of the community. The project is guided by tutors from the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL and offers you the opportunity to learn through direct experience of including communities in the decision-making process.

This course is delivered in collaboration with CivicWise (, an international community of professionals working on tools and projects for civic engagement. The course will provide participants the opportunity to connect with this network of professionals.

My contribution to the course consists of tutoring sessions with the students and the recording of 10 videos that I will be sharing on this website. When I started this collaboration with UCL I specifically asked for these videos to be made freely available. So I will publish them one by one.


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