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International Network


RTPI Yorkshire International Network

The new RTPI Yorkshire International Network was launched in Leeds on 29 November 2016 by Trudi Elliott, RTPI Chief Executive, and RTPI Yorkshire member and former RTPI President, Janet O'Neill.

If you would like to join the Network please contact:

Next Event

Planning in the USA

  • Thursday 22 June 2017
  • 5.00 - 7.00pm
  • Leeds

Housing and transport are fundamental to the USA economy and the quality of life of its citizens. In the US the goal of land-use planning is to further the welfare of people and their communities by creating convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive environments for present and future generations. Find out some of the similarities and differences between planning in the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

We are absolutely delighted to welcome to Leeds the following speakers from the American Planning Association who are visiting the UK in June to speak at the RTPI's Planning Convention:

  • Cynthia Bowen, President APA
  • James Drinan, Chief Executive Officer, APA and AICP
  • Jason Jordan, Director of Policy, APA

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to learn about the policies, theory and practice of planning in the USA - and the potential changes likely to happen under President Trump. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.

This is a FREE event and demand is likely to be very high.

Please BOOK EARLY to avoid disappointment.

International Network Newsletter

RTPI Yorkshire International Network Launch

Our speakers at the launch of our Network on 29 November 2016 were:

Trudi Elliott

  • Janet O'Neill, former RTPI President and former Chair of the RTPI International Committee and the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) Vice President for Europe. Download presentation (pdf)
  • Marion Frederiksen, RTPI International Policy and Research Officer. Download presentation (pdf)

IN launch speakers

From left to right: Marion Frederiksen; Janet O'Neill; Philipp Tschavoll-Selenko (Chair)

Previous Events

Planning in Dubai

Held on 26 January in Leeds

Dubai speakerDerek McKenzie (speaker) and Philipp Tschavoll-Selenko (Network Chair)

The presentation was delivered by Derek Mckenzie. MRTPI, who was appointed as Head of Planning with Nakheel in 2008, the largest master developer in the world, famous for its ambitious projects such as Palm Jumeirah, the World Islands and the Waterfront City. Derek talked about his Dubai planning experiences at the top level, covering the procedural and technical aspects of planning applied, including some interesting lessons learned, and an overview of what it is like to embark on a career in planning in Dubai, with advice on how to avoid some of the pitfalls.

Working in Planning in Australia

Our first Network event was held on 20 October in Leeds.

Australia speakers


Our speakers at the event from left - right:

Graeme Holbeck; Janine Laver; Philipp Tschavoll-Selenko (Network Chair)






Australia delegates




Feedback received: 

"I would just like to say a massive thank you for setting up such a great event. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it provided so much useful information." 

2013 European Visit

From 20-24 May 2013 we visited Freiburg im Breisgau (famous for its eco / environmental initiatives). 

The European Network was set up by the Yorkshire Region of the RTPI in the early 90s at a time when the RTPI was encouraging an interest in European planning by producing cassettes explaining the planning systems of various European countries.   Visits to Germany (the Ruhr followed by Berlin), France (Lille) and twice to Silesia (and the Bezirks second time) followed at roughly two to three year intervals.  The programmes include a mixture of lectures and presentations by academics and practitioners, site visits and social activities too – theatre; concerts; and yes, drinking!

In order to encourage students and young planners to take part, the Region has offered bursaries.  Reports on all the visits are published in 'Root and Branch'. 

Not everything we propose actually happens; following a cancelled visit in 2008 to Denmark, subsequent approaches to the Danish Planning Institute have proved in vain.

The Network is open to all RTPI Yorkshire Region Members and study visits, on a largely self-financing basis, are always open too.  In the past, partners have taken part as well as members from other RTPI regions and from other professional bodies (IHBC / RIBA / ILA).