Our mission is to recognise, encourage and celebrate great places across the UK, Europe and beyond, and the people and organisations that create and sustain them.
Who we are
The Academy of Urbanism is a politically independent, not-for-profit organisation that brings together both the current and next generation of urban leaders, thinkers and practitioners.
We embrace city management and policy making, academic research and teaching, development planning and design, community leadership and urban change-making, arts and cultural development, infrastructure and engineering, property law and management, politics and media.
What we do
We work with places to identify and reinforce their strengths, and help them recognise and overcome obstacles to greater success.
Through our events, activities and programmes we draw out and disseminate examples and lessons of good urbanism. We use the evidence we gather to promote better understanding of how the development and management of the urban realm can provide a better quality of living for all.
Director of Communications
Director of Operations
Young Urbanist Co-ordinator
Prof Rachel Cooper OBE AoU, Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy, Lancaster University
Sir Terry Farrell CBE AoU, Partner, Farrells
Debbie Aplin AoU
Rosie Haslem YU, Director, Spacelab
Ian McMillan © Des Willie
View Ian and David’s work for the Academy in Space Place Life