Jacob begins his PhD in Urban Morphology in October 2012. Jacob comes from a background in Mathematics and Social Sciences and made the jump to studying the built environment for the MSc in Urban Design at Strathclyde during the course from 2011-2012. He has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, USA in 2009.

After spending 2 years living and working in Spain, Jacob developed an appreciation for good urban form, particularly influenced by the Roman city in which he lived. His interest in appreciable architecture and built form, combined with his disillusionment with most of the USA's built form, pushed him towards a Master's Degree in Urban Design.

Now, Jacob will conduct his research in the Adaptable Structure of Sustainable Urban Districts (ASSURD). Places are shaped by a number of interrelated factors, including social, cultural, geographic and economic ones. Despite this complexity, when we look at cities we see that, especially at the scale of neighborhood and the block, they reveal surprising similarities across time and space. We may say that such similarities constitute a “permanent structure” around which endless variations occur reflecting changes in their socio-cultural-economic “environment”. Jacob will be striving to discover, understand, and quantify these "permanent structures", relying on his background in Mathematics to aid the very scientific and statistical approach that must be taken.


  • RTPI 2012 Student Award, University of Strathclyde
  • RIAS and A+DS Urban Design Student Award, shortlisted entry
  • UDG Urban Design award nominee