The Board of Trustees has the authority to elect individuals to Honorary Membership of the RTPI as per the RTPI Regulations:
“Every person proposed for election as an Honorary Member shall be a distinguished person who has taken a special interest in town planning, whose membership of the Institute would, in the opinion of the Board of Trustees, assist in promoting the objects of the Institute and who is not qualified for election as a Chartered Member, except as may be prescribed by the Regulations. Honorary Members shall be elected for such period as the Board of Trustees may determine from time to time.”
Honorary Membership is for distinguished individuals:
- (Route - I): who have made an immense positive impact on the profession but who is not usually eligible for Chartered membership; OR
- (Route – II): who have made an immense positive impact on the profession and whose professional profile and influence is nationally and/or internationally recognised.
For route I) Individuals need to be nominated to this class by two existing Chartered members through submitting a written statement (no more than 1000 words) to [email protected] explaining the individual’s contribution or potential contribution to planning. The recommendation should be signed by at least two existing Chartered Members of the Institute.
For route II) Individuals need to be nominated to this class by two existing Chartered members and endorsed by a Past President, or member of the current Presidential Team or a current Trustee. A written statement (no more than 1000 words) explaining the individual’s contribution or potential contribution to the planning should be submitted to [email protected] duly signed by at least two existing Chartered members and endorsed by a Past President, or member of the current Presidential Team or a current Trustee
Honorary Members shall be elected for a period of five years and thereafter shall be eligible for re-election for further periods of five years at a time. Honorary members use the designation HonMRTPI.
Honorary Membership should not suggest that the Institute recognises somebody as being 'the equivalent of a planner'. It is recognition of somebody who is manifestly not a planner but who has made or who has the potential to make a real contribution to planning through their own work.
Honorary Membership should not be open to anyone who could qualify as a chartered member of the Institute through the standard entry route.
Honorary Membership is not a way of honouring existing chartered or other members of the Institute, for whom the Outstanding Service Award and Gold Medal are the appropriate means.
Nor should Honorary Membership be seen as a way of bringing into active association with the Institute non-planners sympathetic to the Institute's aims, but not necessarily distinguished.
Nomination and election to Honorary Membership
Recommendations for Honorary Membership shall be referred to the Nomination Subcommittee for them to consider whether the eligibility criteria is met.
Anybody who is invited to accept election to Honorary Membership should be asked whether they support in full the Institute's stated objects as set out in the Charter, and whether they will work to promote those objects, and their election should be contingent upon that.
Nominate an incredible individual who promotes the objects of the RTPI
- Recognise a distinguished individual’s contribution to the planning profession and the value they bring by being a member of the Institute.
- Permanent free membership grade.
- Access RTPI member benefits and services.
Honorary membership is free.