Young Urbanists

The Young Urbanist network includes students and early career professionals that are keen to develop their knowledge of the principles, techniques and processes of good urbanism.

Young Urbanists are interested and passionate in fields such as planning and design, development and globalisation, community and politics, and the arts.


Why Join?

Young Urbanists will network with their peers and meet Academicians. Academy events include opportunities for Young Urbanists to present their ideas, collaborate on projects and share learning with Academicians.

Benefits of becoming a Young Urbanist include:

Access to informal networking forums with peers and over 500 Academicians from the UK, Ireland, Europe and abroad
Free entry to special events designed for Young Urbanists (i.e. lectures, study trips, etc.)
The chance to present and share your own work at peer-to-peer Pecha Kucha events and other forums

Access to unique work opportunities exclusive to Young Urbanist members (i.e. supporting projects by Academicians or related external activities)
The opportunity to be published in AoU literature
Discounted or free access to major AoU events (ie. Annual Congress, Awards Ceremony) in return for voluntary work, thereby gaining valuable work experience

What the Young Urbanists say

“I’m passionate about urbanism and love ‘learning from place’ – the key tenet of the Academy – and so it was a fantastic opportunity to be so involved in helping open up the Academy to more young people who are equally as passionate about cities. It has been very exciting to shape this new entity, and I look forward to seeing it move forward and grow!”
Rosie Haslem, founding Young Urbanist

“The Academy’s Young Urbanists connected me to the Future of Cities project run by the Government Office for Science, and I am certain that the relationship between the organisations will continue to foster the development of future research and fresh urban thinkers. The Young Urbanist group successfully brings together graduates and young city thinkers to create an active network of individuals, working together to develop their knowledge and passion for the urban environment.”

Athlyn Cathcart-Keays, Young Urbanist

How to Join

Young Urbanist membership to the Academy is granted following the completion of an application form (available online) including a statement of interest and details on course information or employment, and subsequently by invitation from the Membership Committee. Membership to the Academy as a Young Urbanist is open to anyone under the age of 35 years (exceptions are open to consideration).

  • Students / concessions: £35 (including VAT)
  • Early career professionals: £50 (including VAT)

All membership fees are payable annually in advance.


Young Urbanist Steering Committee

Nicholas Hugh Goddard – Urban Designer and Programme Manager at HS2 Ltd.
Simon Hicks – Associate Urban Planner at Foster + Partners.
Charlotte Morphet – Planning Policy and Design Team Leader at St Albans City & District Council.
Roland Chanin-Morris – Senior Consultant, City Strategies and Plans at BuroHappold.
Jaffer Muljiani, Sustainability Consultant, BDP.
Pauline Niesseron – Grenfell Response Policy and Programme Manager, Greater London Authority.
Marketa Nosalova, Development Manager, TOWN.
Julie Plichon – Inclusive Design Officer and Walking and Cycling Project Manager,London Borough of Islington.
Savini Rajapakse, Architectural Assistant, The Prince’s Foundation.
Roxana Slavcheva – Global Lead, Connected Places Catapult.

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