Professor Michael Batty FRTPI, currently Bartlett Professor of Planning (Emeritus) at University College London (UCL), has been awarded the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Gold Medal, the institute’s highest honour for outstanding achievement in advancing planning ideas, practice or professional service.
He is the most highly cited urban planning academic in the world with over 21,000 citations of his work in urban science and mathematical modelling of spatial structures. He has published and edited 16 books, and some 400 articles.
Professor Batty is the only planner to ever to have been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society (2009) and is one of two who is currently a Fellow of the British Academy (2001). He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (2001) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (1983). In 2004, he was honoured with a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 1984.
He has also contributed substantially to thinking about the nature of planning courses and accreditation matters. He wrote several leading articles about this during the period he was at Cardiff University.
The medal was awarded last night after he delivered the annual RTPI Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture.
Professor Batty said:
"I was delighted to be nominated and awarded the RTPI Gold Medal. One of my heroes as an undergraduate in planning at Manchester in the 1960s was Sir Patrick Abercrombie who received the medal in 1955 and it was beyond my wildest dreams that I would ever receive this myself. I am also pleased that Sir William Holford and Sir Peter Hall who also received the medal together with Abercrombie were my predecessors at UCL in the Bartlett School of Planning. It is a great honour for me and for my research group at UCL who are striving to produce better tools for planners and planning which we need so urgently."
Stephen Wilkinson, RTPI Vice President, who awarded Professor Batty the Gold Medal said:
“The Institute is delighted to recognise Professor Batty’s significant contribution to the profession which has involved ground-breaking and innovative research which continue to inform our understanding of city regions.
The RTPI Gold Medal is the Institute’s greatest accolade and I thank him for his enormous contribution to planning.”
The RTPI Gold Medal dates back to 1953 and was last awarded in 2014 to Alison Nimmo.