Alan Penn

Dean, Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL

Professor Alan Penn is the Dean of the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment and a Professor of Architectural and Urban Computing. His research uses a range of methodologies and software tools to study the bearing of the built environment on the social and economic behaviour of the communities that inhabit it. He is a founding director of Space Syntax, Ltd., a UCL knowledge transfer spin-out that provides expertise in urban planning, transport, building design, social interaction, and spatial economics. He is Principal Investigator on the Digital Economy Hub: UK Regions Digital Research Facility and a trustee of the Shakespeare North Trust, a charity constructing a new Shakespearian theatre and educational centre. His work has appeared in Sage Publications and the Computer, Environment, and Urban Systems journal and has been presented at the International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, the International Seminar of Urban Form and European Association for Architectural Education, and numerous International Space Syntax Symposiums.

Professor Penn is currently working with the CBT to develop the Construction Blockchain Consortium (CBC). This industry partnership is investigating the application of distributed ledger technologies in the full built environment supply chain, from conceptual design and planning through construction to the operational life of buildings and infrastructure assets.


Architecture, environment, law, transport


Space syntax, smart infrastructure, built environment


The Bartlet School of Architecture