Sir Peter Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement in Planning History

Description:  The Peter Hall Award is the most prestigious prize awarded by the IPHS. It recognizes sustained excellence for a body of published work which has made an outstanding contribution to international scholarship and conveyed the relevance of planning history to contemporary planning challenges.


Criteria: The principal criteria for the award are:

  1. A quantum of published writings (books, book chapters, journal articles, conference papers, reports, other writings) forming a distinctive and coherent contribution to planning history.
  2. Evidence for a sustained engagement with scholarship of theoretical and/or empirical excellence.
  3. Evidence of wider impact of research contributions on planning practice and/or policy.
  4. Evidence of international impact.


Timing: To be awarded biennially at the IPHS Conference, initially at Yokohama 2018.


Award: A certificate, inscribed medallion, and complimentary registration to the conference at which the prize is to be awarded.


Process: Nominations following a template to be adjudged by a special committee of the IPHS Council.


Caveats: The Society reserves the right to not make an award. The award is to a living individual but in exceptional circumstances may be made jointly or posthumously. The award is not necessarily confined to an IPHS member. A joint award may be given.


The nomination process:

Via Nomination Form

  1. Full name, present position and contact details of the nominee must be provided.
  2. A nomination must be made with the consent of the nominee.
  3. Nominators (proposer and seconders) must be financial members of the IPHS.
  4. Information required: a citation of up to 700 words in support of the nominee, a bibliography of selected major works, a CV, and any additional documentation which elaborates the claims in the citation.
  5. Deadline 15th December 2017
  6. Nominations to be submitted electronically to:


2018 Award Committee:

A five person committee chaired by a member of the IPHS Council, including the current President and Vice-President, and appointed by the President:

Robert Freestone (Chair); John Pendlebury; Rosemary Wakeman; Christine Garnaut (Vice President); and Dirk Schubert (President)

Members of the IPHS Council may be contacted confidentially about nominations.

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