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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.


Young Urbanists

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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Student Membership
Early Career Membership

Individual Member

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.


Group Member

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.

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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

Young Urbanist
Individual MemberGroup 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
Mentoring Scheme 
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

The Academy of Urbanism (Number 2) Limited is a not-for-profit organisation limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales 0595604, 11c Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 IXE, United Kingdom.
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