COVID-19 update from the Academy

Happy and healthy places have always been central to our mission. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Academy is committed to ensuring we keep communities as healthy as possible by doing our part to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.


We believe we have a social responsibility to adhere to the advice given by the government and to be part of the joint effort to keep people safe. Therefore, all events have been cancelled or postponed until the end of May. This includes the following:

Academy Events
Urbanism Awards Shortlisting – April 7 (Cancelled)
Urbanism Awards Finalists Selection – April 28 (Cancelled)
Annual Spring Debate – April 28 (Cancelled)

Young Urbanists Events
2020 Urban Pub Quiz – March 23 (Cancelled)
Monthly Drinks in Bristol – March 26 (Cancelled)
Planning Under Emergency Map Launch Workshop – April 8 (Postponed)
Bristol Architectural Walk – April 25 (Postponed)

If you have any concerns related to our upcoming programme or recent events please feel free to email our Programmes Coordinator Olga Gaitani at We are looking at ways to keep you engaged from afar through virtual meetings and hope to have an update on this soon.

Remote working

These are tough and unprecedented times and our priority continues to be the wellbeing of our team, our members and all around us. At present, the staff will be working remotely and therefore will not be based in the Cowcross Street office. To contact the team please use the details below:

Linda Gledstone
Director of Operations
+44 (0) 7792 134600

Stephen Gallager
Director of Engagement
+44 (0) 7840 436844

Delano Bart-Stewart
Marketing & Communications Manager
+44 (0) 7789 866010

Olga Gaitani
Programmes Coordinator
+44 (0) 7596 391281

Rachel Howlett
Research Assistant
+44 (0) 7944 250976

We will continue to keep you updated with the latest information regarding AoU activity. The Academy of Urbanism wishes you all the best over the coming weeks and we look forward to being able to welcome you at our events in the future.

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