Speaker biography & photo

Tim is a popular keynote speaker, chair and panellist at events online and throughout the world. He acts as a jury member in international planning and design competitions, and as a senior advisor to public and private clients.

“I would like to thank you for your insightful and perfectly considered presentation at today’s conference. I felt your presentation set the scene for the overall conference message and successfully highlighted the need for a more collaborative and considered approach to how we manage our urban realm.”

“If there was an award for top conference chair then you would win it.”

Testimonials from conference attendees

Tim’s recent and forthcoming speaking appointments are listed below.



9th September 2020
FutuRE of cities & communities 

Webinar presentation & panel discussion organised by ULI Asia Pacific.


14th July 2020
Localities & liveability 

Webinar presentation & panel discussion organised by Movers & Shakers.


14th July 2020
Measure. Map. Model. Make. 

Webinar keynote at the ISOCARP Cyber Agora conference.


9th July 2020
Mobility X Density 

Webinar panel discussion organised as part of the Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture.


8th July 2020
Shaping mobility 

Webinar presentation at the PTV event, “New journey: our daily travels after Covid-19”.


7th July 2020
Movement and the National Design Guide

Webinar panel discussion, organised by Design Midlands and design:southwest.


6th July 2020
Cities of opportunities

Panel discussion by webinar at the Connected Cities Conference, Hong Kong.


12th June 2020
Digital urbanism – living with COVID-19 

Webinar presentation to the Academy of Urbanism “Urbanism Lunch Hour”.


6th March 2020
Working with data for sustainable urban outcomes 

Cities on the water conference, Limerick, Ireland


February 2020
The science of street life and the rebirth of the boulevard

World Urban Forum, Abu Dhabi, UAE.


11th January 2020
Liveability Symposium: Regional Planning

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Moderator and panel member in the Liveability Symposium of the Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture.


12th November 2019
Data-driven urban planning and design

Urban Land Institute Asia-Pacific Leadership Convivium, Singapore.


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5th November 2019
Robotics Public Debate

Norman Foster Foundation, Madrid, Spain.





16th October 2019
Space Syntax: a Smart City approach to urban planning & design

DPX∆ talk at the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore




The spatial layout of buildings and urban places exerts a powerful influence on human behaviour. The way that people move, interact and transact is directly influenced by the way that places connect as networks of space. 

The science-based and human-focused approach developed by Space Syntax aids the planning and design process by identifying the fundamental links between spatial layout, land use attraction and the performance of places.

In his talk, Tim will describe the way that Space Syntax has used data, algorithms and predictive analytics over 30 years of international planning and design practice.

2nd October 2019
Creating a SMART strategy

Marmara Urban Forum, Istanbul, Turkey.


1st October 2019
The Social Logic of Space

İstanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey.

2nd September 2019
Reflecting ourselves in the city

Cognitive Navigation Symposium, University College London, UK.

17th September 2018
Urban Mobility Public Debate

Norman Foster Foundation, Madrid, Spain.





21st-22nd August 2018

4th China Smart Cities International Expo, Shenzhen, China.



20th July 2018
Creating a SMART strategy for Nord Rhine Westphalia


Metropolitan Cities Conference, Aachen, Germany.

19th June 2018
Urban transformation 


Norman Foster Foundation, Madrid, Spain.

18th May 2018
The return of the impossible: a vision of cities in 2050


A city from scratch: creating a successful megalopolis in the 21st Century

Astana Economic Forum, Astana, Kazakhstan.

12th May 2018

Silk Road Expo, Xi’an, China.

22nd March 2018
Smart cities: mapping the future city

Great Festival of Innovation, Hong Kong.

20th March 2018
Smart, green & sustainable future cities

Workshop on UK-China Future Cities Collaboration Programme, Beijing, China.

6th March 2018
Creating robust & flexible places

BOB-MK Urban Design Network event, Oxford, UK.

12th December 2017
Space Syntax: past, present & future

The annual Kevin Lynch Memorial Lecture to the Urban Design Group, London, UK.


30th November 2017
From bollards to boulevards

Presentation in the “Designing out terrorism” session, UK Security Expo, London, UK

predicting typical human behaviour patterns in crowded places

addressing the threat of attack while encouraging the buzz of everyday living

combining lessons from history (recent and ancient) with technologies of today.

9th November 2017
Designing the cities of the future

Panel discussion at Innovate 2017, Birmingham, UK.

2nd October 2017
Intelligent mobility: risks & rewards

Invited talk at Tech Uk conference Intelligent Mobility, Intelligent Cities, London, UK.

22nd September 2017
Urban strategy for Smart Cities


Invited talk at 3rd China Smart Cities Conference, Shenyang, China.

27th July 2017
The digital city as an object of nature

Invited talk at Arup, London, UK.

20th June 2017
The digital city

Keynote at ULI Tech Forum, London, UK.

19th June 2017
Creating an Urban Strategy for Baikonur

Invited talk at Internet Forum on Business Opportunities in Baikonur, international videoconference.

14th June 2017
The architecture of space

Invited presentation at Beijing Institute of Architecture and Design, Beijing, China.

10th June 2017
Urban strategy

Keynote at China Industrial Park Innovative Development Conference, Gu’an, China.

6th June 2017
Space, time, data: defining a smart city strategy

Keynote at The Academy of Urbanism Digital Urbanism event, Newcastle, UK.

27th April 2017
5 principles for humane design

Presentation at The Urban Imperative event at Space Syntax, London, UK.

27th September 2016

Keynote at Building Prosperous Cities, London, UK.

7th June 2016
Science & creativity for urban planning, architecture & design

Invited talk at at Vision_The Future of the Built Environment 2016, London, UK.

24th May 2016

Keynote speech at UK – Kazakhstan Smart Cities conference, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

20th April 2016
The architecture of people

Lecture at Beijing Jaotong University, Beijing, China.

15th April 2016

Keynote speech at RICS China Summit: Green, Innovative, Sustainable, Beijing, China.

13th April 2016

Invited presentation to bi-monthly briefing session at the Building Research Establishment, Watford, UK.

22nd March 2016
SMART process + SMART product = SMART place

Conversations on the Cities of the Future: Smart or Happy? at The Work Foundation, London, UK.

25th February 2016
Integrated Urban Modelling: the essential human dimension

Keynote presentation at Modelling World, Middle East, Dubai, UAE.

23rd February 2016

Keynote presentation at UK Green Building Council annual City Summit: Birmingham 2016, Birmingham, UK.

2nd February 2016

Invited presentation at Urban Land Institute Annual Europe Conference, Paris, France.

5th December 2015
The urban imperative: the past, present and future of Space Syntax

Keynote presentation at the Conference on Space Syntax in China, Beijing, China.

Speaking notes


20th November 2015
Growing Smarter – An Approach to Intelligent Spatial Planning Using the Evidence

Presentation at the How should Norfolk grow? seminar, Norwich, UK.

5th November 2015
Mobility and civility in the future city

Keynote presentation at the Towards a humane city conference, Novi Sad, Serbia.

29th October 2015

Keynote presentation at the Open Innovations Forum, Moscow, Russia.

24th September 2015

Panel presentation at the UK-China Sustainable Urbanisation conference, Chengdu, China.


15th September 2015
Spatial modelling for planners

Presentation at the Connected Cities conference, London, UK.


31st May 2015
New Developments in Space Syntax Analysis and Urban Planning

Keynote presentation at the FIABCI 66th World Real Estate Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

16-17th April 2015
Cities as transaction machines

Keynote presentation at “Back to the Future” – New Zealand Planning Institute Conference 2015, Auckland, New Zealand.

27th January 2015
Smart Cities – hip or hype? An evidence-based approach to the planning and design of future places

Northumbria University, Room: CCE1-003 (TLT), 1200-1300.

16th January 2015
New developments in Space Syntax analysis and urban design

Changchun Institute of Urban Planning & Design, Changchun, China.

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14th January 2015
Space Syntax
An evidence-based approach to sustainable urban development in China

Jilin Institute of Architecture & Civil Engineering, Changchun, China.

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5th December 2014
A vision of the future
The rise of the smart city and the importance of being “digitally urban”

Keynote at the Future Intelligent Cities Conference, London, UK.

28th November 2014
New approaches to masterplanning

Presentation at the How do we build a smarter London? conference, NLA, London, UK.

27th November 2014
Smart and Future Cities
An evidence-based approach to sustainable urban development in China

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Talk for the China-Britain Youth Association, London, UK.

6th November 2014
SMART city
The essential human dimension

Lecture to the Oxford University MSc in Sustainable Urban Development at The Prince’s Foundation, London, UK.

4th November 2014
SMART modelling
Developing an Urban BIM

In the “Smart Cities for architects & urban planners and the Internet of Things” session at NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building, London, UK.

30th October 2014
The Spatial Architecture of the SMART City
Lessons from the London Olympic and Paralympic Games

Keynote at Nikkei Smart City Week 2014, Yokohama, Japan.

The spatial layout of the city is a powerful economic and cultural asset. It creates a grid of connections that influences patterns of movement, land use, land value, public safety and community contact. Well-planned cities are “transaction machines”, bringing people together to form social and economic relations. Disconnected cities pose profound risks to civic well-being, distancing people from each other and from opportunities to transact.

The future of cities – including major national projects such as the planning of Tokyo 2020 – will be decided by the answers to key spatial design questions. Where, and in what numbers, are people going to live, work and take leisure? What forms of movement will exist to connect people together? What flows of resources will need to occur – for example with energy, water and waste – to support human behaviour patterns and what impacts will these have on the natural environment?

In his talk, Tim Stonor will present a scientific approach to the measurement of “spatial layout efficiency”, showing how street patterns can be analysed and optimised. Using examples from the UK, China and the USA – including the masterplanning of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – he will describe the essential, human qualities of a Smart City.

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24th October 2014
A new science for cities

Meeting of the Leaders and Chief Executives of the Key Cities, Brighton, UK.

7th October 2014
50 years from now

Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

25th September 2014
Creative connections
Integrating data, technology and people to create great places

Future City_Connected Lifestyles event with The Academy of Urbanism, Milton Keynes, UK.

17th September 2014
Integrated Urbanism

Massachusetts and the United Kingdom Partnership Forum: How Data Science is Shaping Future Cities, London, UK.

Massachusetts and the United Kingdom Partnership Forum

18th June 2014
Transport for transaction
The rise of the pedestrian and the rebirth of the city

Launch of the Transport Systems Catapult, Milton Keynes, UK.

Cities are for transaction: economic and social transaction. People come to cities to trade. It’s why we have cities – they are intensifications of opportunities to trade. The public realm of the city – its network of streets and spaces – is where much of this trade occurs: a “transaction machine” which, like any machine, is more or less efficient depending on how it is engineered. This essential fact was forgotten in the twentieth century, when streets were designed as movement tubes, stripped of their “transactive function”. Shops were moved off streets and into precincts. Streets became roads, clear ways, urban freeways. The mantra of movement-at-all-costs pervaded the replanning of existing cities and the planning of new ones. Little surprise then that cities failed – the movement tubes became clogged with traffic looking for places to park up and trade.

And of course you can’t trade easily from one car to another. Don’t even try it!

In his talk, architect and urbanist Tim Stonor will chart the demise of the street network and sketch out a new way forward – one that puts people first: on foot, on bicycles and, yes, even in cars.

3rd June 2014
Future Mobility

World Cities Summit, Singapore.


19th May 2014
The fabric of the city

Electronic Textiles Workshop, Centre for Creative Collaboration, London, UK.

“Tim will be speaking about the “fabric of the city”: how the warp and weft of the street network creates patterns of movement and human encounter that drive urban innovation. He will argue that urban resilience is in large part dependent on cities having a particular kind of spatial layout: the continuously connected street grid. The twentieth century was a time of radical experimentation with the fabric if the city, with many kinds of new and different “weaves” being tested eg Brasilia, Milton Keynes, Cumbernauld. In contrast to the largely successful, continuously connected street grids of historic cities such as London, Paris and Barcelona, these new cities typically failed to work as intended. Tim will describe “Space Syntax”, a science-based, human-focused approach to the analysis and design of cities. He will end by describing the lessons that can be learned for the planning and design of future cities worldwide.”

28th March 2014
Spatial Layout as Critical Infrastructure

IGEBC: International Green and Environmental Buildings Conference, Beijing, China.

26th March 2014
Smart Society: enhancing the human dimension of smart and future cities

Speaking at the invitation of the organisers of the Kyoto Smart City Forum, Kyoto, Japan.

18th March 2014
Move, interact, transact – the human dimension of Smart Cities

Watch a video of Tim’s presentation

Speaking at the invitation of the organisers of the British Business Summit, Istanbul, Turkey.

“I will be speaking about the behaviour of people in smart cities and the importance that should be given to well-designed public spaces, pedestrian links and cycling networks.

My keyword will be “transaction” – that the Smart City is a place that enhances the ability of people to trade both socially and economically. I will be saying that we have historically not been good at analysing and forecasting the movement of people in the fine-grain of the city and, because of this, we have designed too much for the car and too little for the important face-to-face contact that only happens when people become pedestrians.

As a result our cities have become congested with vehicles with negative consequences for social economic and environmental impacts.

I will show examples from London and around the world where a new, technology-driven approach has been taken to design public spaces and pedestrian connections such as Trafalgar Square and the Millennium Footbridge. I will end by showing new technology for analysing and designing cycle networks.”

11th March 2014
Predictive analytics – for urban planning, building design & spatial economics

Speaking at the invitation of the organisers of the UK-Singapore Future Cities Workshop, Singapore.

6th March 2014
SkyCycle: a new approach to urban mobility

Invited to speak at Cities on the Move, organised by the New Cities Foundation and hosted by Google, Mountain View, California, USA.

6-7th January 2014
New York

3rd-4th February 2014
San Francisco

30th-31st January 2014

Speaking on behalf of the UK Government Office for Science as part of the UK-US Future Cities Knowledge Exchange Visit.

23rd January 2014
Smart and Future Cities: a science-based and human-focused approach

Organised by the Department for Communities and Local Government at the invitation of the Chief Planner, Steve Quartermain, London, UK.

1st November 2013
Measure, map, model, make
Space Syntax’s approach to strategic planning and design

The lecture is organised by Hangzhou Association of Urban & Rural Planning and Hangzhou City Planning & Design Academy.

17th Floor, Hangzhou EM Grand Hotel, 8 Wensan Road, Hangzhou, China

30th September 2013
Space Syntax breakfast presentation

AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand

19th September 2013
The city as a transaction machine

MRS Creativity Lab, London, UK

4th July 2013
Spatial accessibility planning & design

Christchurch City Council, Christchurch, New Zealand

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27th June 2013
Creating places of attraction

UNIMEV 2013, Nantes, France

27th May 2013
Spatial accessibility & human behaviour

Christchurch Universal Design Symposium, Christchurch, New Zealand

21st May 2013
Designing for human behaviour

Keynote at Arup Forum, London, UK

15th May 2013
create space : create value

Geospatial World Forum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

24th April 2013
Cities for people, an introduction to Space Syntax theory, technology & projects

South China University, Guangzhou, China

23rd April 2013
Urban Design & Human Behaviour, a scientific approach

Science & Technology Day, Cities and Urban Design, Department for Communities and Local Government, London, UK

22rd April 2013
High Speed 2 – the design of the stations and their urban settings

Committee Room 21, House of Commons, London, UK


15th April 2013
The Parameters of Place – Science-based. Human focused.

Smartgeometry 13, London, UK
My presentation

21st March 2013
The human architecture of the city – an introduction to Space Syntax

School of Architecture, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

15th March 2013
People first. Buildings second.

Beijing University, Beijing, China

14th March 2013
People first. Buildings second.

School of Architecture, Tianjin University, Tianjin China

4-5th December
Moscow Urban Forum

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The Master Plan — the New Spatial Policy
The spatial layout of the city is a powerful economic and cultural asset. It creates a grid of connections that influences patterns of movement, land use, land value, public safety and community contact. Well-planned cities are “transaction machines”, bringing people together to form social and economic relations. Disconnected cities pose profound risks to civic well-being, distancing people from each other and from opportunities to transact.

In his talk, Tim Stonor will present a scientific approach to the measurement of urban network efficiency, showing how street patterns can be analysed and optimised. Using examples from the UK, China and the USA, he will describe the urban planning challenges facing world cities and will argue that these can be addressed through the considered design of street networks.

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Ton Schaap, Senior Urban Planner of Amsterdam, City Planning Department, The Netherlands

Tim Stonor, Architect and Urban Planner, Managing Director, Space Syntax Limited, Visiting Professor at University College London, UK

Thomas Madreiter, Project Manager, Municipal Department 18 – Urban Development and Planning, Head of the “smart city Vienna” project, Austria

Sergey Zuev, Dean of the institute of State Policy and Applied Humanitarian Research in the Russian Presidential Academic of National Economy and Public Administration, Russia

Sergey Kuznetsov, Chief Architect of Moscow, Russia

Andrei Golovin, Head of “the Bureau of city Projects”, Perm, Russia

Yury Grigoryan, Architect, Head of the “Project Meganom” bureau, Russia

11:30-13:00 Hall D
The general plan of a city consists of the right to regulate construction activity within a particular territory. It is not a plan for urban planning activities, but a system of coordinates for these activities. we know the advantages of these systems. But its downsides lie in the fact that architects cannot respond to the municipal agenda and cannot advance their own agendas. The city has its own economic, social and ideological agendas. How are these agendas transformed into cohesive architecture and urban planning? What instrument should be used for this transformation? The General Plan? The Master Plan? Conceptual tenders? How are such problems resolved in other megacities around the world?

23rd-25th November 2012
Keynote at Parametric Thinking & Making on Architecture and Urbanism (PaTMAU) International Conference, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan

23rd November
People first, buildings second
My presentation

24th November
The parameters of place
My presentation


13-15th November 2012
Challenges for the design, financing, governance & use of Smart Cities

Smart City Expo World Congress, Barcelona
My presentation

18-20th September 2012
Sharing the power of place

AGIgeocommunity’12 Conference, Nottingham, UK
My presentation
Storify summary


30th June 2012
School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

22nd June 2012
Human City

Open House Worldwide Conference, London, UK
My presentation

26th April 2012
RUDI Quality Streetscapes Conference
My slides
My presentation

18th April 2012
Future Cities – cities of transaction

Technology Strategy Board Future Cities Workshop, RIBA London
My presentation
My notes

11th April 2012
1st International Sign Design Society Seminar, London, UK
My presentation

3rd April 2012
Science, space & sharing

Planning Breakout – grabbing the agenda before the dust settles
Ash Sakula Architects, London, UK


8th March 2012
Measure, map, model, make – the Use of Geographic Information in the Planning and Design of Urban Environments

Association for Geographic Information Annual Conference, London, UK
My presentation
My notes

14th December 2011
Fragmented landscapes – the rise of Landscape Urbanism & the threat it poses to the continuously connected city

Academy of Urbanism, London, UK
My presentation
My notes

13th December 2011
London after the riots – were we too quick to write off poverty?

London Policy Conference, South Bank Centre, London, UK

This Conference will consider the major policy challenges facing the city and ask how we shape its future. Set to become an annual event – a ‘Davos for London’ – it will ask how London maintains its place in the world and how should policies now embrace ideas for the future to meet the challenges the city faces head on. Mayor of London Boris Johnson and leading candidate Ken Livingstone will both give keynote addresses to the Conference, alongside many other leading UK and international business figures, thinkers and commentators.

My presentation
My notes

8th December 2011
The city as a transaction machine
The effects of space on social, economic & environmental performance

KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm, Sweden

7th December 2011
From the city to the bedside
Multi-modal, multi-scale & multi-active spatial environments

White Tengbom Team AB, Stockholm, Sweden

25th November 2011
Approaching large scale urban design schemes
A framework for handling complexity

Inside Design Review, New London Architecture, London, UK

19th October 2011
What does the future city look like?
Inhuman metropolis or rural idyll? All is not what it seems

IBM Smart City Conference, Helsinki, Finland

17th October 2011
Creating effective places
Integrating transport & urban design

Rail-Volution 2011, Washington DC, USA

11th October 2011
Understanding movement

Urban Design London, London, UK

15th September 2011
Digital urbanism – the role of research in urban planning & policymaking

EPSRC, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, Swindon, UK

17th June 2011
Upgrading urban slums



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OLIN Landscape Architects, Philadelphia PA, USA


15th June 2011
National Capital Planning Commission, Washingon DC, USA


25th May 2011
The role of technology in placemaking

Boston LivableStreets Alliance, Cambridge MA, USA


11th May 2011
Measuring & modelling cities

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Urban Systems Symposium

NYU Shack Institute of Real Estate, New York NY, USA

“#Urbansys – This has been one roller-coaster day of presentations. @Tim_Stonor was the highlight for me so far.” Smart Streets Editor (@SmartstreetsEd)

“Beautiful and simple presentation  which has a creative impact – I hope it is reaching and being seen by those who can make a difference.” Donovan Gillman

14th April 2011
Designing mobility for democracy

Designing Mobility for Democracy Symposium

NYU Institute for Public Knowledge, New York NY, USA

23rd March 2011
Space Syntax & the future of urban planning software

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge MA, USA

4th March 2011
Carbon emissions & spatial connections

Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge MA, USA


28th February 2011
Performance planning

Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge MA, USA

12-13th January 2011
Introduction to Space Syntax – Day 1

Introduction to Space Syntax – Day 2

Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge MA, USA

24th January 2011
From highways to handshakes

Bright Lights, Portland OR, USA

13th December 2010
Valuing the public realm

Community Development Department, Cambridge MA

7th December 2010
Fragmented landscapes

Space Syntax, London, UK

7th October 2010
Designing for transcation

Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge MA, USA

28th September 2010
Urban sustainability

Community Development Department, Cambridge MA, USA

28th March 2010
Low carbon masterplanning  Chinese translation

Low carbon masterplanning  English translation

6th IGEBC Conference, Beijing, China

28th September 2009
Physical activity planning

Physical Activity and the Environment Stakeholder Seminar, Gloucester, UK

9th July 2009
The spatial components of sustainability

Taiyuan Executive Forum, Taiyuan, China


30th April 2009
Urban XRays – getting under the skin of the city

Academy of Urbanism City XRays Workshop, London, UK

30th January 2009
The architecture of behaviour and the new urban beauty

Destinazione Italia 2020, Torino, Italy

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