Murray set to guide urbanism thinking

Former RTPI president Kevin Murray is set to become chairman of the Academy of Urbanism at the end of the year.

Murray will take over from John Thompson, who has been in the post since the academy was launched in 2006. "I am looking forward to guiding the academy into a dynamic stage of activity as we develop our role and relationships," he said.

"From a modest start, we have grown into a progressive group that enables creative thinking and research around good urbanism. In recessionary times, sustaining attractive resilient places is becoming more important but tougher to deliver."

Murray, a founding director of the academy who led its programme of events, was elected into his new role earlier this year. A handover ceremony will take place today at the Urbanism Awards.

At the awards, Professor Wulf Daseking, a city planner in Freiburg, Germany, will also receive the position of honorary academician of the academy.

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