The Bartlett School of Planning

Prof Peter Rees

Prof Peter Rees

Professor of Places and City Planning

The Bartlett School of Planning

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Apr 2014

Research summary

Four decades spent in urban planning and regeneration, ranging from the conservation of historic towns across England to the rejuvenation of the City of London.

Teaching summary

Plenary presentations and seminar chairing at major international conferences worldwide.  Juror for the final post-graduate project review at Yale School of Architecture (2006).  Briefing/mentoring PG research students from British and overseas universities.  Bartlett MSc Urban Design & City Planning module: "Design and Real Estate". 


Polytechnic of the South Bank
First Degree, Bachelor of Town Planning | 1982
University of Wales
First Degree, Bachelor of Architecture | 1973
University College London
First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Honours) | 1971


As City Planning Officer for the City of London, Peter led the planning and regeneration of this world business and financial centre from 1985 to 2014.  He lectures internationally; advises developers and cities around the world on urban planning and design; and makes frequent media appearances on these topics.  Peter is a founder member and director of the British Council for Offices and received their President’s Award in 2003 for “presiding over one of the most extensive periods of redevelopment in the City’s long history”.  In 2012 he was awarded an honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects, for his services to architecture and was the subject of a BBC profile on “The Culture Show”.  Peter received the 2013 Estates Gazette Award for the Outstanding Contribution to Property and was included in the “Debrett’s 500” list of the most inspiring and influential people in Britain.  This was followed by the 2014 Property Award from the College of Estate Management; Honorary Membership of the Architectural Association; and an Honorary Doctorate from London South Bank University.  During 2015 he gave keynote presentations and planning advice in Sydney, Glasgow, Tokyo, Helsinki, Antwerp and Hong Kong and was created a CBE in the New Year Honours List. His 2016 programme included professional engagements in Taipei, Sydney, Melbourne, New York and Seoul. Peter contributed to the production planning of a 4-part documentary on the historic development of the cities of Amsterdam, London and New York in which he appeared. This French/German/English mini-series was screened by Arte across Continental Europe in December 2017.