RTPI Timeline

The term town planning was first used in Britain in 1906. The statutory practice of town planning stemmed from the Housing, Town Planning, etc Act 1909, which permitted local authorities to prepare such schemes for land in course of development, or likely to be developed. On 11 July 1913 a provisional organising committee was established in London and an invitation was sent out to potential members to join a Town Planning Institute. A first meeting was convened and chaired by Thomas Adams on 21 November 1913. A Council was elected and met the following month. Adams was elected the first President on 13 March 1914.

1913-01-01 00:59:15

The Town Planning Institute emerges

The term town planning was first used in Britain in 1906. The statutory practice of town planning stemmed from the Housing, Town Planning, etc Act 1909, which permitted local authorities to prepare such schemes for land in course of development, or likely to be developed. On 11 July 1913 a provisional organising committee was established in London and an invitation was sent out to potential members to join a Town Planning Institute. A first meeting was convened and chaired by Thomas Adams on 21 November 1913. A Council was elected and met the following month. Adams was elected the first President on 13 March 1914.

1913-11-03 00:59:15

The first meeting takes place

The first meeting of the Town Planning Institute was convened and chaired by Thomas Adams on 21 November 1913.

1914-01-06 02:59:32

“La Citta Nuova” published

“La Citta Nuova” (Sketches For A City of Towers and Elevated Roads) published by Antonio Sant’ Elia in Milan.

1914-01-30 00:59:15

Inaugural dinner on 30 January

RTPI formed at inaugural dinner on 30 January. Members drawn from RIBA, ICE, Surveyors Institute and IMCE, but also open to others involved in planning practice. Thomas Adams the first President, but left for Canada in October. Articles of association under the Companies Act signed 4 September. Alfred Potter appointed first (part-time) Secretary in December and paid £20 p.a. George Pepler became Hon Secretary & Treasurer.

1914-03-13 00:59:15

Our first President

Thomas Adams is elected the first President of the Town Planning Institute on 13 March 1914.

1914-05-06 02:59:32

Bartlett: 3rd university teaches town planning

Department of Town Planning established at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, under Adshead. The third university to start teaching Town Planning (after Liverpool, 1909, and Birmingham, 1912).

1915-01-15 00:59:15

Raymond Unwin elected president

Raymond Unwin served as the second president of the RTPI, from 1915 to 1916.

1915-02-10 01:59:23

Patrick Geddes “Cities in Evolution” published

"Cities in evolution: an introduction to the town planning movement and to the study of civics." London: Williams & Norgate.

1915-11-24 00:59:15

Examinations Committee set up

Examinations Committee set up as step to making RTPI a qualifying profession.

1917-02-08 01:59:23

American City Planning Institute established

American City Planning Institute (ACPI) established, with Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. as first president. It was renamed the American Institute of Planners in 1939.

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