The Future Faces of Planning with RTPI President, Wei Yang

The Future Faces of Planning with RTPI president, Wei Yang

Online Lectures

Date and time
28 Apr 2021 (4:30pm - 5:30pm)




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Join a discussion about how young planners can help to shape the future of the industry and what plans are in place to ensure diversity and inclusion in the profession, led by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) 2021 President, Dr Wei Yang and RTPI Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Manager, Machel Bogues.

Dr Yang will set out the bold vision for the planning profession to engage with young future planners, advocating for a revival of spirit and a modernised planning profession. Dr Yang will present the institute and the ambition for the role town planners can play in navigating the profession to the leadership positions in society it once held.

Machel Bogues will present the RTPI CHANGE plan and discuss how the RTPI can support students and early-mid career professionals in their career progression.

Pictured: Dr Wei Yang, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) 2021 President

The short presentations will be followed by a discussion about the role that students, academics and universities can play in supporting those ambitions for a diverse and representative planning profession. Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the session to be answered at the end during a live Q&A.

The theme of this event is important to Birmingham City University and our students, as Birmingham is one of the youngest cities in Europe, with the most diverse population outside of London in the UK. The planning profession owes it to the diverse communities of the city to be representative. 

Who should attend?

Anyone who is considering a career in the planning, as well as current students or industry professionals who want to know more about the future of the industry, and to ask your questions.

What will I get out of this event?

This event is a great opportunity for anyone interested in the planning industry to find out more about the future of the industry from the RTPI 2021 president and to ask any questions you might have. You will learn about how the industry is planning to evolve and grow its diversity and how it wants young people to shape the future.

How can I register?

You can register for this event here. If you have any questions that you want to send in advance of the event to be answered by Dr Wei Yang or Machel Bogues from the RTPI then please send them to: You will also have the opportunity during the event to ask any questions to the hosts using a chat box.

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