Dr Kayvan Karimi


BArch MArch PhD IIA
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Dr 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 as a Senior Lecturer.

Position & Role

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.


2011 Senior Lecturer, University College London

2001 Honorary Senior Researcher, The Bartlett, UCL

1992 Registered Architect, Institute of Iranian Architects (IIA)


1998 PhD in Architectural and Urban Morphology, UCL

1990 Top rank, MArch, Tehran University

1987 Top rank, BArch, Tehran University

External Positions

2016     Chair, MRes Committee, The Faculty of Built Environment, UCL

2015     Chair, The 10th Space Syntax Symposium

2010 Panel Member, London Design Surgery, Urban Design London

2010 Academician, UK Academy of Urbanism

2007 Steering Group, International Space Syntax Symposium

2006 Jury, International Competition, Jabal Khandama, Mecca

2005 Design Review Critic, 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 Limited