Chief Mrs Catherine George FRTPI
Tpl. Mrs. Catherine Kehinde George became the first female Nigerian Professional Town Planner and was inducted into Nigerian Women Hall of Fame in Nov 2007 by the National Centre for Women Development, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs & Youth Development, Abuja as the first female African Town Planner.
At Lagos State Development and Property Corporation, Mrs George was Project Planner on several schemes, including Ogba Housing Scheme and Amuwo Odofin New Town. She led the Technical Monitoring Team to define the most feasible route for the 28km Lagos Metro Line Project. She was consultant Project Planner for 500 Housing Units Estate in Ajaokuta and Lead Planner University of Uyo Master Plan.
She co-founded Spectroplan Konsult Ltd with her husband Arc. Akin. George, FNIA. Her major works at the company include consultation for oil and gas industry, lead planner on Galadimawa District Plan, Abuja, lead planner on Odonla Housing Scheme, Lagos State, and co-project director, in joint venture with Aim Consultants on Ikorodu Master Plan.
Mrs George also taught at Lagos State Polytechnic and later at Yaba College of Technology, where she was Head of Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Her innovation in teaching was video-recording of field work and studio presentation. She lectured as a resource person on the Masters Programme, Urban & Regional Planning, Lagos State University. George completed her post-graduate Diploma in Town and Regional Planning with Honours at The University of Melbourne, Australia in December 1972.
Other positions held by Mrs George include Pioneer Chairman of Lagos Mainland Local Planning Authority (1998 - 1999); first female Chairman of the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (1998 - 2000); Vice - Chairperson of Yaba College of Technology Chapter of Women in Technical Education (WITED) 1996 – 2000; Member NITP / TOPREC Examination Board (1998-2000); Pioneer Chairman Lagos State Urban Forum for Slum Upgrading 2001–2003; External examiner/moderator in Urban and Regional Planning – Ogun State Polytechnic, Abeokuta 1990 - 1991, Kaduna Polytechnic 1992 -1993, The Polytechnic, Ibadan 1998 - 1999, University of Lagos 2001-2002, Yaba College of Technology 2002 - 2004.