THE SEVENTEENTH ABERCROMBIE LECTURE Spatial Planning Reimagined – Rekindling the founding spirit for the future.
To be presented by Dr Wei Yang FAcSS FRTPI MCIHT Chair, Wei Yang & Partners CEO, Digital Task Force for Planning.
Dr Wei Yang is an internationally renowned town planner and urban designer who champions a place-based whole systems approach to tackle the grand challenges of our times. She is an influential thought leader and a powerful advocate for climate actions, nature-based solutions, health & well-being, and social equality. She is also a popular keynote speaker, an author, and a scholar. Wei is Chair of Wei Yang & Partners, an award-winning master planning firm in London. She is Co-Founder and CEO of the Digital Task Force for Planning - a not-for-profit social enterprise with the mission to unlock the full potential of spatial planning in the digital era. Wei co-authored A Digital Future for Planning – Spatial Planning Reimagined (Batty & Yang, 2022). The book outlines blueprint for digital transformation of spatial planning and the sector’s future. Wei was President for 2021 of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). She is currently the Deputy Chair of Construction Industry Council (CIC) and she will become its first female chair in June 2023. Wei is also a board member of the British Library, Global Planner Networks (GPN) representative at UN Habitat Professional Forum, and Professionals Co-Chair of UN Habitat World Urban Campaign Steering Committee. Wei is a Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the RTPI, a Member of Chartered Institute of Highway and Transportation (CIHT), a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Client Advisor, and an Honorary Professor at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London.
The Abercrombie Lecture was founded to celebrate the contribution of Sir Patrick Abercrombie, one of the leading town and regional planners of the 20th Century who was Lever Professor of Civic Design at the University of Liverpool, 1915-35. The Lecture is held every two years and is sponsored by the Town Planning Review.
MONDAY 16TH JANUARY 2023, 17.30 GMT (in person and online). To be followed by a drinks reception. RSVP to
FORUM LECTURE THEATRE, University of Hertfordshire College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB.