Tim Stonor is an architect and urban planner who believes that buildings and places should not only look good – but work well too.
This may sound obvious but it’s not what most architects are taught; which is largely why many buildings and public spaces look great in magazines but don’t work for the people who have to use them.
Tim is the Managing Director of strategic consultancy, Space Syntax Limited and a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett, University College London. His work bridges between fundamental academic research and major project applications worldwide. The aim in doing so is to improve the quality of architectural and urban practice through the development and dissemination of science-based tools. Space Syntax tools measure and forecast the influence of spatial layout on social, economic and environmental outcomes such as movement patterns, land use vitality and carbon emissions. Tim brings cutting edge research directly into practice. This brings a level of rigour to planning and design that is too often missing.
In 2010-11, Tim was based at the Harvard Graduate School of Design as a Loeb Fellow and at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy as the Lincoln Loeb Fellow. He devoted his time at Harvard to the issue of dissemination: how can the Space Syntax approach be most effectively disseminated to the people – professionals and non-professionals – involved in planning, designing and deciding on the buildings and places that will shape our common future?
Tim qualified as an architect in 1995, the same year that he set up the Space Syntax Laboratory at University College London. In 1996, he established Space Syntax Limited as the commercial arm of Space Syntax. The Space Syntax Laboratory and Space Syntax Limited work alongside each other to continually develop and apply the Space Syntax approach. The “Lab” focuses on fundamental research, technology development and teaching while “Limited” applies Space Syntax techniques in live planning and design projects.
In 1996 he also co-founded Morrison Brink Stonor architects, with Robert Morrison and Barbara Brink.
The practice operates from studios in Paris and London.
2014- Member, Sounding Board, The Design Council
2013- Member, Lead Expert Group, Foresight: The Future of Cities
2013- Member, British Standards Institute Smart Cities Advisory Group
2008-10 Member, CABE Crossrail Design Panel
2008- Director, The Academy of Urbanism
2008- Member, Expert Advisory Panel, Walk England (now Walk Unlimited)
2008- Director, London Promenade Company
2007-10 Member, CABE National Design Review Panel (extended term)
2006- Founder Member, The Academy of Urbanism
2005-09 Member, NICE Physical Activity and the Environment Steering Group
2004-07 Member, CABE National Design Review Panel
2003-11 Member, NHS National Design Review Panel
2002-04 Member, South East of England Design Panel
Tim speaks regularly to conference audiences throughout the world and has contributed to television and radio programmes on urban planning and design.
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