Peter Hall - Biography#

Peter Hall is Professor of Planning and Regeneration at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, University College London, and Senior Research Fellow at the Young Foundation (formerly the Institute of Community Studies), where he served as Director from 2001 to 2004. From 1991‑94 he was Special Adviser on Strategic Planning to the Secretary of State for the Environment, with special reference to issues of London and South East regional planning including the East Thames Corridor (Thames Gateway) and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. In 1998-99 he was a member of the Deputy Prime Minister's Urban Task Force, which reported in June 1999. From 2005-8 he was Chair of ReBlackpool, the Blackpool Urban Regeneration Company. In 2006 he was a member of the Expert Advisory Committee to the Barker Review of the planning system. In 2008 he was a member of the Eco-Towns Challenge Panel. In 2009 he has assumed overall direction of SINTROPHER, a €22 million Interreg IVB EU programme promoting technology transfer of new transport technologies, particularly TramTrains, to assist the development of peripheral European regions.

He has received the Founder's Medal of the Royal Geographical Society for distinction in research, and is an Honorary Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a member of the Academia Europea. He holds fourteen honorary doctorates from universities in the UK, Sweden and Canada. He was knighted in 1998 for services to the Town and Country Planning Association, and in 2003 was named by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a “Pioneer in the Life of the Nation” at a reception in Buckingham Palace. In 2003 he received the Gold Medal of the Royal Town Planning Institute, the first to be awarded for twenty years. In 2005 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Deputy Prime Minister for his contributions to urban regeneration and planning. He received the 2005 Balzan Prize for work on the Social and Cultural History of Cities since the Beginning of the 16th Century. In 2008 he received the Sir Patrick Abercrombie Prize of the International Union of Architects.

He was a founder‑member of the Regional Studies Association and first editor of its journal Regional Studies (1967‑78). He was Chairman of the Town and Country Planning Association (1995-9) and is now President and a member of its Board of Trustees and Policy Council. He is joint editor of the journal Built Environment. He is a former Trustee of the Architecture Foundation.

He has a special interest in the application of research to planning and regeneration policy, with special reference to transport and urban development. He writes regularly on this and other topics for the magazines Town and Country Planning and Regeneration & Renewal.
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