News Release: January 8, 2014

Four APA Members Selected for Lifetime Honorary RTPI Membership

CHICAGO — Four American Planning Association (APA) members are part of a small group of international planning leaders to receive lifetime honorary memberships from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the United Kingdom's leading planning body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning.

RTPI President Dr. Peter Geraghty announced the select group of individuals on January 1, 2014, marking the start to RTPI's centenary celebration. This is the first time RTPI has bestowed honorary lifetime memberships. A total of 36 individuals were selected for their contributions promoting the art and science of town planning. Four individuals are APA members:

  • Armando Carbonell, AICP, Chair, Department of Planning and Urban Form, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy;
  • W. Paul Farmer, FAICP, APA's Chief Executive Officer;
  • Sir Peter Hall, Bartlett Professor of Urban Regeneration and Planning, University College London; and
  • Robert Yaro, Professor of Practice, City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania; and President of the Regional Plan Association.

"Our members are to be congratulated for having such a profound impact on the planning profession to be selected for this honor," said William Anderson, FAICP, President of APA. "This recognition illustrates that the work of APA members in creating communities of lasting value has great impact worldwide."

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic, and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, with almost 40,000 members worldwide in nearly 100 countries.


Roberta Rewers, APA Public Affairs; 312-786-6395;