David Rudlin manages URBED and is the director of the URBED Trust. Being a planner by training, he started his career with Manchester City Council with responsibility for the early stages of the redevelopment of Hulme, leading him to become the secretary of the Homes for Change housing cooperative and spearheading the flagship buildings of the Hulme Redevelopment plan. He joined URBED in 1990 to manage the BURA award-winning Little Germany Action project in Bradford, continuing on to manage a wide range of high profile consultancy projects nationwide.

He is the author of a number of research reports including ’21st Century Homes’ for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, ‘Tomorrow a peaceful path to urban reform’ for Friends of the Earth and ‘But would you live there?’ for the Urban Task Force. This writing is summarised in a book for the Architectural Press, with the second edition ‘Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood’ (2009) described by Richard Rogers as ‘the best analysis (he) had read of the crisis facing the contemporary city’ and has also been published in China. David was a member of the CABE design review committee from 2002 to 2005 and a trustee of CUBE (the Centre for the Understanding of the Built Environment) in Manchester from 1999 to 2005. He is Chair of Beam in Wakefield, joint Chair of the Sheffield Design Panel and a founder Academician of the Academy for Urbanism.

David recently won the 2014 Wolfson Economic Prize, answering the question ‘How would you deliver a new garden city which is visionary, economically viable, and popular?’, and is set to become the new chair of the Academy of Urbanism at the start of 2017.

The URBED Trust is a not for profit company with charitable aims set up to promote research into the future of urban areas, and to disseminate best practice. Registered England & Wales, company number 01826806.

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