Dr Philip Black

Lecturer in Urban Design

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Research interests

(i) Design control (particular interest in design review)

(ii) Applied urban design process and methods 

(iii) Urban design/architectural quality and evaluation

(iv) Urban design, mobility, and wellbeing

Current Research

  •  'Applied Urban Design' [Routledge New York] with M. Martin (Aalborg University); T. Sonbli and R. Phillips (both UoM)
  •   ‘Urban Design and Cycling in Manchester’ (Funded by SEED, University of Manchester) – Principal Investigator 
  •    ‘Urban Design Process and Methods’ (Funded by Arab Academy, Egypt) – Principal Investigator

Previous Research

  •    ‘Cycling in Reading: An Urban Design Perspective’ (Funded by Reading Borough Council) – Principal Investigator
  • ‘PrICELESS Design’ (Funded by EPSRC, PI- Dr Tim Jones, Oxford Brookes) – Work Package Lead ‘Urban Design Audit’
  • ‘Architectural Preferences and the Development Management System’ (Funded by Reading Real Estate Foundation) – Principal Investigator
  •    ‘The ‘Veil’ of Control: Exploring the Attitudes and Perceptions of UK Design Controllers’ (Funded by DEL Scholarship) – PhD Thesis, Queen’s University Belfast
  •    ‘Understanding the Planner / Architect Relationship: The Role of Design Education’ (Funded by ESRC Scholarship) – Lead Researcher
  •    ‘Reform of the Planning System in Northern Ireland: Chance to Influence Change’ (Funded by Planning Service (NI) and DoE) – Researcher and Consultant


Research and projects