RTPI Centenary 2014
The Royal Town Planning Institute was one hundred years old in 2014.
How the Institute started
The term town planning was first used in Britain in 1906. The statutory practice of town planning stemmed from the Housing, Town Planning, etc Act 1909, which permitted local authorities to prepare such schemes for land in course of development, or likely to be developed. On 11 July 1913 a provisional organising committee was established in London and an invitation was sent out to potential members to join a Town Planning Institute.
A first meeting was convened and chaired by Thomas Adams on 21 November 1913. A Council was elected and met the following month. Adams was elected the first President on 13 March 1914.
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Celebrating the Centenary
The Centenary in 2014 provided a tremendous opportunity to raise the profile of planning, the Institute and its membership and the profession as a whole. It gave us a unique chance to look forward to the future of planning whilst at the same time celebrating our rich history and past experience. Find out more about each of the RTPI Centenary projects or the RTPI Centenary near you.
As part of the anniversary celebrations, the RTPI published an interactive 3D timeline looking back at the last 100 years of planning and the central role that the Institute has played in this history both in the UK and abroad. Join us on our journey through time.
Centenary Audio History
Past President Martin Willey conducted interviews with planners spanning decades of experience as part of the Centenary Audio History project. Start listening here, or choose from our podcast directory.