Matthew Carmona is Professor of Planning & Urban Design at UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning. His research has focused on urban design, processes of design governance and on the design and management of public space. Matthew was educated at the University of Nottingham and is a chartered architect and planner. He Chairs the Place Alliance which brings together organisations and individuals who share a belief that the quality of the built environment has a profound influence on people’s lives. In 2016 he was Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment; in 2015 he won the RTPI Academic Award for Research Excellence; and in 2016 the RTPI Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement.