School of the Built Environment


    In addressing the future of towns and cities urban designers must rely on skills, the ability to engage with current issues and the creative pursuit for addressing challenges. At Oxford Brookes University these are all developed in the practice of urban design.

    BA Urban Design, Planning and Development

    MA Urban Design


    Towns and cities are dynamic and unique with particular cultural traits and characteristics, but they all have common concerns within the remits of creating liveable places. Methodologies and the vocabulary for creating liveable places are learnt and tested through the practice of design on a variety of projects from a wide range of locations.


    We want to shake up the Status Quo and help create the places of tomorrow.

    Our mission is to help planning authorities, developers and designers to make truly Great British development.

    Too much development across the UK is still uninspiring, bland and repetitive. It harks back to the suburbs of the past.

    New development must address the needs of contemporary lifestyles and positively contribute to creating the cities of the future.

    We equip people - planners, designers, developers and site layout technicians - with urban design assessment and creative skills to deliver contemporary, properly distinctive, attractive, functional and viable developments that challenge and improve the fixed way of doing things.

    If you are a planner involved with setting design policy or assessing development proposals; a designer who wants to create more imaginative place; a layout specialist or a developer who wants to maximise the attractiveness and viability of your product, you need to talk to us.

    We can equip you to achieve better developments that contribute to creating the UK places of tomorrow and cities of the future.

    Contact Regina Lim to find out more about our full time or part time Certificate, Diploma and MA in Urban Design.



    Urban intensification is a global concern across the spectrum of cities. Developing masterplans with an international cohort enriches the dialogue of global understanding facing cities worldwide. It offers group participants the opportunity to test culturally appropriate urban design interventions with a peer knowledgeable of the city site.

    Group 1: Lucas Docherty, Siddhartha Thomas, Robert Cresswell, Isabel Raad, Sarju Patel

    Group 2: Emmanuel Alade, Ding Jiang, Stavroula Kadditi, Stefania Ioana Stan, Oliver Taylor

    Group 3: Jamshid Abdukayumov, Jack Rigby, Wai Wong, Xuechen Wang, Jalal Jabari

    Group 4: Alec Parcell, Charis Boulton, Ciaran Gallen, Farissa Salmanzadeh, Mikel Spooner, Snehal Oswal

    Group 5: Thomas Jephson, Syafiqa Hanim Sharuddin, Savini Rajapakse, Ye Lu, Rakesh Muthah, Sujai Chandira Sekaran

    Group 6: Muhammad Azuan Syahrol, Petya Tsokova, Alesandro Poll, Swara Shah, Lydia Jose


    The reality of public space must come to terms with human experience and scale. The development of individual projects focusing on the level of streets, blocks, plots and buildings hones the skills and shapes the understanding of each student to a higher level of detail and comprehension.

    Mark Prestige

    Owen Reading

    Petya Tsokovan

    Robert Antony Cresswell

    Amy Sweeting