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Prof Peter Rees

Professor of Places and City Planning

Prof Peter Rees obtained qualifications in Architecture and City Planning before a professional career in the public sector. As City Planning Officer for the City of London, he led the planning and regeneration of this world business and financial centre from 1985 to 2014. He has lectured internationally; advised developers and cities around the world on urban planning and design; and made frequent media appearances on these topics. 

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Peter is a founder member and director (1990-2022) of the British Council for Offices and received their President’s Award in 2003 for “presiding over one of the most extensive periods of redevelopment in the City’s long history”. In 2012 he was awarded an honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects, for his services to architecture and was the subject of a BBC profile on “The Culture Show”. He received the 2013 Estates Gazette Award for the Outstanding Contribution to Property and was included in the “Debrett’s 500” list of the most inspiring and influential people in Britain. This was followed by the 2014 Property Award from the College of Estate Management; Honorary Membership of the Architectural Association; and an Honorary Doctorate from London South Bank University. In 2015, he was appointed a CBE “for services to architecture and town planning”.

Research Focus and Interests - places; spaces; people; walking.

From - Swansea, UK

Favourite Place - The City of London, UK

FUN FACT: If you were stranded on a desert island and you could only bring 3 things, what would they be?

Air, water and fire.