A broad and diverse network of over 500 leaders, thinkers and practitioners engaged in the social, cultural, economic, political and physical development of our villages, towns and cities. Academicians are selected based on evidence of their making, shaping and sustaining thriving, distinctive places.
Potential Academicians can apply for membership or be nominated by an existing Academician. This process helps us ensure that the network remains both credible and active.
Find out more about our Academicians here.Apply
The Young Urbanist network is activated by students and early-career professionals that are keen to develop their knowledge of the principles, techniques and processes of good urbanism. Understand and embrace the range of influences on successful places by collaborating and debating with your peers, while immersing yourself amongst the experience of Academicians. Organise and attend special talks, contribute to emerging research and collaborate with other members through this engaged network.
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Early Career Membership
As a Member, you will be supporting our work to promote and encourage healthy, thriving and distinctive cities, towns and neighbourhoods. We will keep you in touch with our work and extensive calendar of talks, debates and discussions. You will gain free access to The Urbanism Hour and special member discounts for our events and publications.
From small community groups to large private companies, align your organisation with the work of the Academy and open up your colleagues to the principles and lessons to be learned from great places.
Academic Group Membership
Cross disciplinary knowledge exchange of theory and practice for staff and students.
Play a key role our mission to recognise, encourage and celebrate great places by becoming a Sponsor of one or more of our programmes or events. Engage your organisation in our learning work for between £500 and £25,000. View our current Sponsors.
If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Sponsor, please contact Christine Smallwood, Managing Director, to find out how you can make the most of your association with The Academy of Urbanism.
Benefits of joining
|Academician||Young Urbanist||Individual Member||Group Member|
|Access to informal networking forums||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Access to the AoU Members Area||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Engage with Regions and Nations network||✓||✓||−||✓|
|Nominate new Academicians||✓||−||−||−|
|Discounted or free access to major AoU events||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Free access to The Urbanism Hour weekly webinar||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Get involved in The Urbanism Awards||✓||✓||−||−|
|Opportunity to be published in AoU literature||✓||−||−||✓|
|Participate in Diagnostic Visits||✓||−||−||−|
|Plan/ Chair or Speak at an online event||✓||✓||−||✓|
|Small Grant Scheme||✓||✓||−||−|
|Influence the AoU areas of action and policy||✓||−||−||−|
|Monthly AoU newsletters||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Discounts on selected publications||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Full access to the AoU Learning materials||✓||✓||−||✓|
|Partial access to the AoU learning materials||−||−||✓||−|
|Use of the 'AoU' post-nominal letters||✓||−||−||−|