Mitchell Silver, AICP, Chief Planning and Development Officer for the City of Raleigh and immediate past president of the American Planning Association (APA), has been granted honorary membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the largest professional institute for planners in Europe.
RTPI honorary membership may be given to “a distinguished person who has taken a special interest in town planning, whose membership of the Institute would, in the opinion of the Board, assist in promoting the objects of the Chartered Institute.”
There are currently just sixty-nine honorary members out of a membership of 23,000. The decision to grant honorary membership is made by the RTPI’s Board of Trustees.
Mitchell Silver said: “I am humbled and honoured to receive this prestigious recognition from the Royal Town Planning Institute and from the country that inspired the planning movement in the United States. I am deeply grateful for the honorary membership and I shall cherish my membership with pride and respect.”
Dr Peter Geraghty
Dr Peter Geraghty, President of the RTPI, said: “I’m genuinely delighted that Mitchell has agreed to accept honorary membership of the Institute. His work is renowned internationally. In addition to his undoubted leadership skills and vast experience he is an inspirational and electrifying speaker. Mitchell is a great example of why I am proud of planning and proud of planners. His election to honorary membership is richly deserved.”
“This is a great honour for both Mitchell and the American Planning Association,” said APA’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Farmer, FAICP.
“It confirms the outstanding contributions Mitchell has made both to the communities he’s served and to the global planning profession as one of APA’s past presidents. It is a very selective membership given that Mitchell is just one of eight planners in the U.S. to be so named,” Farmer said.
Mitchell Silver is the immediate past president of the American Planning Association (APA) and the Chief Planning & Development Officer and Planning Director for Raleigh, North Carolina. He is an award-winning planner with over 28 years of experience and is internationally recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues. He specializes in comprehensive planning, place making and implementation strategies.
Mitchell received a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute and a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College. He is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a licensed Professional Planner (PP) in the State of New Jersey.
He was recently named in the world’s top 100 City Innovators. UBM’s Future Cities, a global community for 21st century city decision makers, where he was named a top innovator in the urban policy category.
- He also gave the 2012 RTPI Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture which can be heard here.