It is a very great honour for us to be able to begin 2014 by wishing the RTPI a very happy 100th birthday.
The notion of town planning being an area of distinctive expertise began to take hold after the passing of the Housing, Town Planning, Etc. Act 1909. After some initial meetings had been held by practitioners in this new and growing activity, an inaugural dinner took place on 30 January 1914. This marked the public launch of the Institute. Thomas Adams was elected our first President on 13 March 1914. Our Articles of Association were signed on 4 September 1914, which is designated the formal date of the Institute's founding.
It is interesting to note that the first three objects for which the Institute was established in those Articles of Association read as follows:
- To advance the study of town-planning, civic design and kindred subjects, and of the arts and sciences as applied to those subjects;
- To promote the artistic and scientific development of towns and cities;
- To secure the association, and to promote the general interests of those engaged or interested in the practice of town-planning.
Our centenary is an important occasion. Throughout 2014 we will be celebrating our anniversary.
Find out more about each of the RTPI Centenary projects or how you can get involved in the RTPI Centenary near you.
We have achieved many great things as an institute and as a profession. But we’re not about to rest on our laurels. We will continue to build on our achievements. This year is therefore a tremendous opportunity to raise the profile of planning, the Institute, its membership and the profession as a whole. It gives us a unique chance to look forward to the future of planning whilst at the same time celebrating our rich heritage and past accomplishments.
To mark the centenary we have created a history timeline with some of the key dates over the century.
Let us know if you think there are others that should be on there.
We are also announcing today that 36 honorary members have accepted lifetime membership of the Institute.
For the next twelve months the RTPI will also be using a special centenary logo.
We are both very proud to be planners and very proud of the Institute. We hope all our members will share our great sense of pride and become a part of this very special year.
Dr Peter Geraghty
RTPI President 2013-14
RTPI President 2014-15