Who we are

Founded in 2006 by John Thompson, the Academy of Urbanism is a politically neutral, not-for-profit organisation that brings together both the current and next generation of urban leaders, thinkers and practitioners.

The AoU is a membership organisation which is chiefly about learning. Our members work with places to identify and reinforce their strengths, using best practice from urban design to better understand how the development and management of our towns and cities can provide a better quality of living for all.

Members include everyone involved in the design, development and management of great places. We are an inclusive organisation, always seeking to widen and grow, and have a specific Young Urbanists aspect for students and young professionals. 

Zurich, by Artist in Residence, David Rudlin AoU

Refunds Policy


Membership fee refunds are available if you cancel the membership within 14 days of commencement / renewal. All membership cancellation requests should be sent to [email protected]


Unless otherwise specified on the booking page, refunds are available if requested up to 7 days before in-person events, or 24 hours before online events. Tickets may be subject to non-refundable processing fees that will be deducted from the total refund amount. All ticket refund requests should be submitted to [email protected]

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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