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Awards made at first General Assembly of the year

24 January 2019

The recipient of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) George Pepler International Award for 2018 is Natalya Palit MRTPI, senior planner at HTA Design LLP in London.

Natalya was presented with the award at yesterday’s meeting of the RTPI’s General Assembly at the Royal Society of the Arts in London.

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The George Pepler International Award is a bursary granted biennially to a person in their first ten years of post-qualification experience wishing to undertake a short period of study on a particular aspect of spatial planning.

Natalya won for an innovative submission: “What can the UK learn from Vienna with regards to adopting a gender mainstreaming approach to shape built outcomes?”

Presenting her with the award, outgoing RTPI President John Acres said: “Natalya’s proposal was excellent and well-developed with a detailed itinerary. Her research questions were carefully considered and we look forward to the report from her study.”

Also at the event, John Acres presented the Outstanding Services Award to Alan Wenban-Smith, formerly Assistant Director at Birmingham City Council and now an academic and independent planning consultant.

John Acres said: “Alan has given many years of outstanding service to the Institute, including championing the need for better integration between spatial planning, transport planning, economic development and housing policy. He has helped to develop the Institute’s thinking on these important subjects.”

The Presidential Award was made to RTPI West Midlands chair and past chair of YP West Midlands Maria Dunn who collected the award on behalf of all the volunteers who give up so much of their time for the benefit of the Institute.