Prof Kayvan Karimi, PhD

Architect | Urban designer

BArch MArch PhD IIA
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Kayvan Karimi is an architectural and urban designer with more than twenty years of professional and international experience. He completed his doctoral studies at the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London (1993-1998) where he maintains his research and lecturing activities.

Kayvan has worked on a wide range of professional and research projects, including: strategic city planning, city centre redevelopment, urban conservation and urban regeneration, large-scale urban masterplanning, ‘slum’ upgrading and regeneration, large-scale commercial/retail development, public realm design, pedestrian movement planning and complex building projects.

His work experience spans from the East, where he originates, to the West, where he has practised for most of his professional life. In recent years, Kayvan has led a number of large-scale strategic planning projects, among them the Jeddah Strategic Planning Framework.

Kayvan is a member of Space Syntax’s Board of Trustees and Board of Directors.


2016  Chair, MRes Committee, The Bartlett, University College London

2015  Chair, The 10th Space Syntax Symposium

2010  Panel Member, London Design Surgery, Urban Design London

2010  Academician, The Academy of Urbanism

2007  Steering Group, International Space Syntax Symposium

2006  Jury, International Competition, Jabal Khandama, Mecca

2005  Design Review Panel Member, CABE

2004  Senior Advisor, Agora, European Union Research Initiative on Public Space

2004  Director, Space Syntax Limited

2000  Associate Professor, The Graduate Faculty of Environment, Tehran University

1998  Associate Director, Space Syntax.


2011  Senior Lecturer, The Bartlett, University College London

2001  Honorary Senior Researcher, The Bartlett, University College London

1992  Registered Architect, Institute of Iranian Architects (IIA).


1998  PhD in Architectural and Urban Morphology, The Bartlett, University College London

1990  Top rank, MArch, Tehran University

1987  Top rank, BArch, Tehran University.