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Ana McMillin


Ana McMillin
PhD candidate

Upgrade completed July 2016

Primary Supervisor: Professor Jennifer Robinson, Department of Geography
Secondary Supervisor: Dr Jessica Ferm, The Bartlett School of Planning

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MPhil/ PhD candidate (part-time)
Department of Geography, University College London

Title (working):  New Geographies of ‘Making’: Advanced manufacturing in the post-industrial urban context - The case of 3D Printing Industry in London

MSc UD Built Environment, Urban Design
The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

Commendation, UCL Award for Outstanding Urban Design Thesis

Dip Arch, Diploma in Architecture
Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Lisbon

Final Report Pass with Merit



Associate, Senior Urban Designer, HTA Design LLP
, London
SMB team

Senior Architect / Masterplanner, Chapman Taylor LLP, London
UK, Middle East and Africa team
Member of the Executive and Business Development Groups

Architect, Grimshaw Architects
, London
Cultural and Masterplanning team

Urban Designer, ARUP
, London
Integrated Urbanism team
Group Planning Plus

Architectural Assistant (Part 2), Simbiose Arquitectos Associados
, Lisbon

Intern Architect (Part 1), RBD.APP Studio Arquitectos
, Lisbon



Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Chartered Architect

Architects Registration Board (ARB), Registered Architect

Portuguese Order of Architects (OA), Effective Member

Urban Design Group (UDG), Member through HTA Design LLP



Input on Urban Design and Local Retail Design
Latin Elephant (non-profit, ethnic minority businesses in Elephant and Castle)

Input on Industrial Land Demand and Release Benchmark
Just Space: Planning and Economic Group ( JSEP)

Assistant Production for “The Assault”, Film and Performance
Project funded by The Arts Council England
Dir. Mario Pires Cordeiro, performing artist & Joao Lima Duque, pianist
Royal Albert Hall, London

Workshop in Planning, Planning Plus
Planning School, Arup, London

Student, Photography for Architecture programme
Ar.Co, Arte Contemporanea Institute, Lisbon

Student, Fine Art Life Drawing Programme (3 years)
The National Society of Fine Arts, Lisbon


McMillin, A. and McMillin, M. Stoneleigh Terrace Gym for Garages, RIBA Forgotten Spaces 2013 (2013, 25th June), The Architects’ Journal.

McMillin, A. (2011). Urban narratives of Time-Images or the Drift of Alienation. In F. Neuhaus (Ed.), Studies in Temporal Urbanism - The urbanTick Experiment. London and New York: Springer.

McMillin, A. and McMillin, M. Greenland Beach, RIBA Forgotten Spaces 2011 (2011, 15th June), The Architects’ Journal.
Available at:

Rebelo, A. & Resendes, M. (2000). Desenho Urbano, Rego. In Rodrigues, P. (Ed.), Desenho Urbano. Lisbon: Faculty of Architecture of The Technical University of Lisbon.


Title (working):

New Geographies of ‘Making’: Advanced manufacturing in the post-industrial urban context - The case of 3D Printing Industry in London

Recent years have been marked by a growing awareness of the need for diversifying urban economies and achieving greater resilience, in particular during the debates following the recent recession. Literature on evolutionary economic geography highlights that a recessionary shock can affect an urban economy for a longer period of time and even be irreversible due to economic path dependencies. The risk of slump at the end of an economic cycle will be better spread and mitigated across a variety of sectors, and more sectorally diverse regions experience greater stability and higher rates of overall growth. It has also been documented that regions that consume more than they produce are more susceptible to recessionary shocks and need to develop other economies.

Theoretical work on post-industrialism has focused on various aspects and processes around the high-value cultural, cognitive, knowledge and service activities that replaced the old manufacturing share of regions. City centres have grown as a consequence of processes of innovation through sharing information, social networking, competition and re-combination of activities.

Building on these ideas, this project considers the scenarios and assumptions issued by writers, governmental departments (BIS Department), media (The Economist, The Guardian) and think tanks on the so-called 'Third Industrial Revolution' as a possibility for growth.

But, even enabled through the latest technologies and through information and communication networks, manufacturing is unlikely to replace the dominant sectors and the existing supply chains in de-industrialised city regions. However it may contribute to growth, job creation and resilience if linked to the economic diversification arguments. Developing the capability of ‘making things’ emerges thus as an almost ironic alternative in a post-fordist city region. But, it may not be an ‘Industrial Revolution’, and instead, the resurgence of ‘making’, whether more technological or more craft, may be linked to the high-value activities and benefit from the way knowledge is shared and exchanged in the current Informationalism context.

The key questions that drive this project thus are: How do we theorise the resurgence of manufacturing / ‘making things’ within contemporary urban economic geography and reconcile this with post-fordism theories? What are the new geographies of ‘Making’? What is the contribution that advanced manufacturing can make to jobs and to growth? Can advanced manufacturing capture the strength of a strategic urban location where most people and other businesses locate? Are these industries viable in urban areas and under what circumstances? How is knowledge transferred and recombined across the firms? What can we learn form the cases to inform current spatial planning policy?

Concentrating on the case of 3D Printing Industry in London and its wider value chain, this research aims to contribute to empirical knowledge on the sector, and inform spatial planning policy responses. It will add to the understanding of incubation processes at the micro scale, addressing specific forms of knowledge transfer and innovation in post-fordist urban global context. Building on the post-industrialist and the evolutionary economic geography bodies of literature, this research will contribute to theorising the role of 'making' within contemporary capitalism and its urban economic geography.

Teaching/ Presentations


Presentation to the Geography Department

Overview of the Research New Geographies of ‘Making’: Advanced manufacturing in the post-industrial urban context - The case of 3D Printing Industry in London



CPD Coordinator (London office)

Chapman Taylor, London


Critic for the M.Arch in Urban Design
The Bartlett School of Architecture
University College London



CPD coordinator for Integrated Urbanism, Landscape and International

Development teams (London office)

Arup, London