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, as well as organisations and individuals who support our mission.

If you would like to help us to recognise, encourage and celebrate great places, and the people and organisations that create and sustain them, we encourage you to become a member of the Academy today.

If you have any question, please contact [email protected].


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.

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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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Individual 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.

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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.

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Academic Group Membership

Cross disciplinary knowledge exchange of theory and practice for staff and students.

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Benefits of joining

Young Urbanist
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 monthly webinar 
Free listings on the AoU Jobs Board
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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