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.

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 The 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-style 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 and Director of Streetsense

“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, including a statement of interest and details on course information or employment. Successful applicants will receive an invitation to join from the Membership Committee. Membership to the Academy as a Young Urbanist is open to anyone under the age of 35 years. 

Students / concessions £35 (including VAT)

Early career professionals: £50 (including VAT)

All membership fees are payable annually in advance.

Young Urbanist Steering Committee

Simon Hicks – Associate Urban Planner, Foster + Partners.
Nicholas Hugh Goddard – Urban Designer and Programme Manager, HS2 Ltd.
Marketa Makar – Senior Manager, Homes England.
Charlotte Morphet – Planning Policy and Design Team Leader, St Albans City & District Council.
Jaffer Muljiani – Sustainability Consultant, BDP.
Kathie Pollard - Policy and Practice Lead, Scottish Land Commission 
Julie Plichon – Team Leader, Transport Projects and People-Friendly Streets, London Borough of Islington
Savini Rajapakse – Urban Designer and Engagement Manager at The Prince’s Foundation
Kevin Roeton - Associate Town Planner, WSP 
Samantha Stockley - Planner, Aberdeenshire Council

Stay connected

YU News

Young Urbanists Facebook Group 

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