Professor Robert Tavernor
Robert is Emeritus Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and formerly director of the LSE Cities Programme. He was previously professor of architecture at the Universities of Edinburgh (1992-1995) and Bath (1995-2005). He has also held visiting professorships at the Universities of California (UCLA, 1998), Texas (2002) and São Paulo, Brazil (2004). As an academic, he has written extensively on the interconnections between classical and modern architecture and urban design. As a critic of architecture and urban design, he contributes to books and journals regularly. In addition to academic writings on the classical tradition of architecture, and journal essays on contemporary architecture, his chapter on ‘Composing London Visually’ in Visualising the City (Routledge, 2007) considers the role of townscape in recent urban planning in London.
Robert founded the Consultancy in 2001 to provide independent advice on planning ‘risks’ and the development of architectural and urban design during the pre-application period. The work of the Consultancy has drawn on his broad expertise as an architectural historian, architect and urbanist. He has considerable experience as an expert witness at high profile public inquiries. In 2017, Louise Newman and Lois Wheller joined Robert as Company Directors. In 2023, Robert became a Non-Executive Director. He contributes to the strategic direction of the Consultancy and acts as expert witness and adviser on limited projects.