News: 11 July 2019RTPI West Midlands Urban Design Forum relaunched

Design Director and West Midlands Urban Design Forum (WMUDF) Chair, Luke Hillson welcomed attendees from a variety of professional backgrounds from across the West Midlands to the (re)launch of the RTPI WMUDF last week.

The event was the first in a series of planned events, which aim to bring together those with an interest in urban design and the built environment, providing an opportunity to share ideas on how quality of design across the region can be improved.

Luke gave a short presentation on the findings of the RTPI Survey, Planning and Design Quality (June 2019), which emphasised the need for contextually informed design codes and masterplans. The group then collectively set goals and aims for the Forum such as a design mentorship scheme, improving awareness of urban design, lessons learned project crits and local study visits.


If you have a passion for place-making, you're interested in creating more vibrant streets or want to better shape our built environment, then come along to one of the next Urban Design Forum events and join the discussion.

Forthcoming Urban Design events include the Urban Design Group National Conference in Birmingham on 26-28 September and the WM RTPI ‘Urban Design and Masterplanning for Non-Designers’ CPD on Tuesday 26th November in Birmingham.

The next WMUDF will be on Tuesday 1st October at 6pm, held at the Old Joint Stock, Birmingham.

In addition, the Forum will host smaller discussion groups to focus on particular issues and make the sessions more accessible for those unable to attend evening sessions.

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