Dr Nicholas Falk, BA (Oxon), MBA (Stanford), PhD (London), Hon FRIBA, founded URBED in London in 1976 to offer practical solutions to urban regeneration and local economic development. Over the last few years he has focused on new communities, the future of the suburbs, historic centres, and the adaptive reuse of old buildings.  He has recently been advising on an urban extension to Oxford, produced the Cambridgeshire Quality Charter for Growth, and is embarking upon a sustainable housing project based in Tirunelveli, India.

He has undertaken major research into European good practice, and is co-author of Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood: Building the 21st Century Home (Architectural Press, 2009). Other recent publications include the Regeneration of European Cities and How Local Authorities Can Build Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and Pillars of the Community for English Heritage.

He worked with Professor Sir Peter Hall on Good Cities, Better Lives: how Europe discovered the lost art of urbanism, and has drawn on European good practice for his Smith Institute pamphlet Funding Housing and Local Growth: how a British Investment Bank can help.

Alongisde this, he teaches the Economics of Regeneration and Reuse at New York University in London, and is a Visiting Professor at the School of the Built Environment, University of the West of England. He is a member of the TCPA’s Policy Advisory Council, an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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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