Three members of the RTPI were elected Fellows in recognition of their major contribution to the planning profession for the benefit of the public:
Dr Wei Yang
Wei Yang is the Managing Director at Wei Yang and Partners. The Fellowship was conferred in recognition of her innovation in researching, promoting and implementing the 21st Century Garden City approach, and for promoting best practice and new techniques in a Chinese context.
Dr Yang said: “It is my great honour to be elected as a Fellow of the RTPI. I am humbled to be recognised by my profession and peers by doing what I think worth doing as a planning professional. Planning is an innovative profession.
"I am always inspired by the pioneers who created the modern planning profession a hundred years ago to resolve the complex social, economic and environmental issues at the time. I hope that my election inspires others to take a proactive approach to further the art and science of planning for the benefit of the public.”
Diana Fitzsimons is currently a planning consultant, a Visiting Professor at Ulster University, a Belfast Harbour Commissioner, and Chairman of Radius Housing Association. The Fellowship was conferred in recognition of her leadership across various sectors, notably her role in transformative projects such as at Titanic Quarter and City Quays in Belfast, her mentoring of young professionals, her international influence through a wide range of conference papers, and her work within international planning organisations.
Mrs Fitzsimons said: “I am really delighted to have been awarded Fellowship of the RTPI and trust that my diverse career in the public, private and voluntary sectors as well as in the universities over several decades demonstrates the variety of roles that we as town planners are well qualified to carry out. I have loved every minute working as a planner and highly recommend it to those now making career decisions".
Jonathan Manns is Board Director at Rockwell Property. The Fellowship was conferred in recognition of his innovation in setting up the House Me London campaign which helps to solve the city’s housing crisis, as well as for his thought leadership and publications in mainstream and academic press to guide and mentor trainee planners for the benefit of the profession.
Jonathan Manns said: “It’s very flattering to be acknowledged as amongst those who have made a major personal contribution to the planning profession. I’m a passionate beliver in the transformative power of property in positively shaping people and places. My hope is that this will help further highlight, particularly to a younger generation, the opportunities that this career offers to those seeking to make a positive impact on the world in which we live. It’s vital that we confront our shared challenges with fresh-thinking, creativity and collaboration and I look forward to supporting and continuing this over the coming years.”
Victoria Hills MRTPI, RTPI Chief Executive, said:
“I would like to extend my congratulations, on behalf of the Institute, to Wei, Diana and Jon. Fellowship is the highest professional membership grade available to a planner. It recognises exceptional candidates after extensive peer review for the excellence and impact of their work. It also further validates that planning is a prestigious and valued profession for which our fellows are the best ambassadors.”