Ivor Samuels

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Ivor Samuels is a part of the Urban Morphology Research Group in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences.


Ivor Samuels is an architect and town planner trained at the Architectural Association and Edinburgh University with experience in the public and private sectors in the UK and abroad. He was Formerly Chair of the Joint Centre for Urban Design, Oxford Brookes University where he is Visiting Fellow, Associate of the Urban Renaissance Institute, Greenwich University and member of Academy of Urbanism. A visiting professor at Universities in Denmark, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland, Latin America, the US and Australia, he is on design review panels for East and West Midlands, was consultant to the Civic Trust Regeneration Unit on Town Centre Masterplans and is a Commission for the Built Environment (CABE) Enabler for Building for Life, Rural Masterplanning, and Strategic Urban Design.


Research interests

  • Application of urban morphological methods to planning practice
  • Design Coding in urban design
  • Housing design

Current / recent research

  • The relevance of urban characterisation methods to urban design applications
  • Quality in the design of residential developments


Key Publications since 2001

2010: Understanding place?, Urban Morphology, 14( 2) pp121-123 (Review of recent English Heritage guidance documents)

2010: Contemporary urbanism in Brazil: Beyond Brasilia, Urban Design International Vol. 15, 2, 129– 132.

2010: Palladio’s children ...and Vitruvius’s grandchildren, Urban Morphology, 14, 1 pp 65-69

2009: Classics in human geography revisited, Conzen, M.R.G. 1960: Alnwick, Northumberland: a study in town-plan analysis. Commentary No 2, Progress in Human Geography 33(6) (2009) pp. 859–864.

2009 (with Jo Clark): Characterisation – Its Application in Planning Practice, unpublished paper for CABE/EH

2008 (with Jo Clark): Character and: and heritage appraisals in housing market renewal areas, CABE/EH

2008: Typomorphology and urban design practice, Urban Morphology, 12, 1 pp 58-61.

2005: What homebuyers want, CABE, London. 

2005: Regarding Rotterdam: lessons for UK practice in housing and urban design in the Thames Gateway, Civic Trust, London