Dr Richard Simmons is an urbanist with over 35 years’ experience of town planning, infrastructure construction, urban regeneration, land acquisition and disposal, housing and urban design; and managing a wide range of public services in the built environment, including transportation and highways, parks and open spaces, economic development, and arts and cultural development. He has worked in senior roles in central and local government and regeneration companies. He was Chief Executive of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, the UK government’s adviser on architecture, urban design and public space, from 2004 to 2011.
He was Visiting Professor of City Design and Regeneration at the University of Greenwich from 2011 to 2014. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer in the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London. He has researched and lectured internationally on urbanism. He is a Member of the UK Royal Town Planning Institute, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism, and holds an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University for his contribution to architecture, urban design and town planning.
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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