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Peter Rees CBE

Professor of Places and City Planning
University College London

Join Peter Rees, Professor of Places and City Planning, University College London for the opening keynote, The Making of a World City. Setting the scene for the tour, Peter will address the urban planning and regeneration challenges facing London and Australian cities, in a time of disruption and uncertainty.

Peter obtained qualifications in Architecture and City Planning before a professional career in the public sector. As City Planning Officer for the City of London, Peter led the planning and regeneration of the world business and financial centre from 1985 to 2014.  Now, Peter lectures internationally; advising developers and cities around the world on urban planning and design; including making media appearances on these topics. Peter was the subject of a BBC profile on “The Culture Show” and was included in the “Debrett’s 500” list of the most inspiring and influential people in Britain. Numerous awards have recognised his achievements and, in 2015, he was appointed a CBE “for services to architecture and town planning”. 

During 2016 Peter gave keynote presentations and planning advice in Taipei, Sydney, Melbourne, New York and Seoul. He contributed to the production planning of a 4-part documentary on the historic development of the cities of Amsterdam, London and New York, in which he also appeared. This French/German/English mini-series was screened by Arte across Continental Europe in December 2017.


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