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International Network


RTPI Yorkshire International Network


The RTPI Yorkshire International Network was launched in Leeds in November 2016 by Trudi Elliott, RTPI Chief Executive, and RTPI Yorkshire member and former RTPI President, Janet O'Neill.

If you would like to join the Network please contact:

Recent events

Here to help. How Planners can tackle some of the biggest challenges in the Commonwealth.

  • April 24th 2018
  • Sheffield

What does the Commonwealth mean to planning and planners in 2018?

Our premier Yorkshire event focused on planning challenges in the Commonwealth and how they are being addressed by the RTPI and the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP).  

Commonwealth Yorkshire Event

Speaker Clive Harridge (pictured third from left) of the Commonwealth Association of Planners, gave an insightful talk into how we tackle some of the world's biggest challenges, including climate change, poverty and rapid urbanisation.

Previous events

Planning for European Cities of Culture

  • Thursday 5th October 2017
  • Sheffield Hallam University

A talk from international expert Professor Franco Bianchini, who is Director of the Culture, Place and Policy Institute at the University of Hull.

The centre specialises in analysing city culture policies and has recently published initial findings of the impacts of the Hull City of Culture 2017 designation.

Professor Bianchini reflected on his past and present experiences in urban planning of cultural development in European cities to bring about regeneration and transformative change.

International Network Newsletter

RTPI Yorkshire International Network Launch


Our speakers at the launch of our Network in November 2016 were:

Trudi Elliott

  • Janet O'Neill, former RTPI President and former Chair of the RTPI International Committee and the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) Vice President for Europe. Download presentation (pdf)
  • Marion Frederiksen, RTPI International Policy and Research Officer. Download presentation (pdf)

IN launch speakers

From left to right: Marion Frederiksen; Janet O'Neill; Philipp Tschavoll-Selenko (Chair)

Previous Events


Planning in the USA

Held on 22 June in Leeds

We were absolutely delighted to welcome to Leeds (from l-r) Jim Drinan (Chief Exective Officer), Cynthia Bowen (President), and Jason Jordan (Director of Policy) of the American Planning Associaiton who spoke to us about the policies, theory and practice of planning in the USA and the potential changes likely to happen under President Trump.

Cynthia Bowen presentation

Planning in Dubai

Held on 26 January in Leeds

Dubai speaker

Derek McKenzie (speaker) and Philipp Tschavoll-Selenko (Network Chair)

The presentation was delivered by Derek Mckenzie. MRTPI, who was appointed as Head of Planning with Nakheel in 2008, the largest master developer in the world, famous for its ambitious projects such as Palm Jumeirah, the World Islands and the Waterfront City. Derek talked about his Dubai planning experiences at the top level, covering the procedural and technical aspects of planning applied, including some interesting lessons learned, and an overview of what it is like to embark on a career in planning in Dubai, with advice on how to avoid some of the pitfalls.

Working in Planning in Australia

Our first Network event was held on 20 October in Leeds.

Australia speakers


Our speakers at the event from left - right:

Graeme Holbeck; Janine Laver; Philipp Tschavoll-Selenko (Network Chair)






Australia delegates


 Feedback received: 

"I would just like to say a massive thank you for setting up such a great event. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it provided so much useful information." 

2013 European Visit


From 20-24 May 2013 we visited Freiburg im Breisgau (famous for its eco / environmental initiatives). 

The European Network was set up by the Yorkshire Region of the RTPI in the early 90s at a time when the RTPI was encouraging an interest in European planning by producing cassettes explaining the planning systems of various European countries.   Visits to Germany (the Ruhr followed by Berlin), France (Lille) and twice to Silesia (and the Bezirks second time) followed at roughly two to three year intervals.  The programmes include a mixture of lectures and presentations by academics and practitioners, site visits and social activities too – theatre; concerts; and yes, drinking!

In order to encourage students and young planners to take part, the Region has offered bursaries.  Reports on all the visits are published in 'Root and Branch'. 

Not everything we propose actually happens; following a cancelled visit in 2008 to Denmark, subsequent approaches to the Danish Planning Institute have proved in vain.

The Network is open to all RTPI Yorkshire Region Members and study visits, on a largely self-financing basis, are always open too.  In the past, partners have taken part as well as members from other RTPI regions and from other professional bodies (IHBC / RIBA / ILA).