Alan Penn is a HEFCE Business Fellow, a founding director of Space Syntax Ltd, a UCL knowledge transfer spin out with a portfolio of over 100 applied projects per year, including whole city masterplans, neighbourhood development plans and individual buildings.
He was the founding Chair of the RIBA’s Research and Innovation Committee, and served in that role until 2006. He is Chair the Architecture & the Built Environment sub-panel 30 for the UK National Research Assessment Exercise 2008, and is a member of its Main Panel H. He is also lead academic on the £5m Urban Buzz: Building Sustainable Communities knowledge exchange programme which is promoting more sustainable forms of urban development and intensification in London and the greater South East Region of the UK.
He is Principle Investigator on the City History and Multi-scale Spatial Master-planning UK-China Research Network, 国际研究网络：城市历史与多尺度的空间整体规划, funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, will develop UK-Chinese academic research collaboration. He is a trustee of the Shakespeare North Trust