November 25, 2013

APA Past President Receives Honorary Membership in Royal Town Planning Institute

LONDON, UK — Mitchell Silver, AICP, Chief Planning and Development Officer for the City of Raleigh and immediate past president of the American Planning Association (APA), has been granted honorary membership in the British-based Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the largest professional institute for planners in Europe.

Mitchell Silver, AICPRTPI honorary membership may be given to "a distinguished person who has taken a special interest in town planning, whose membership of the Institute would, in the opinion of the Board, assist in promoting the objects of the Chartered Institute."

There are currently just 69 honorary members out of a membership of 23,000. The decision to grant honorary membership is made by the RTPI's Board of Trustees. Dr. Peter Geraghty, President of the RTPI, said: "I'm genuinely delighted that Mitchell has agreed to accept honorary membership of the Institute. His work is renowned internationally. In addition to his undoubted leadership skills and vast experience he is an inspirational and electrifying speaker. Mitchell is a great example of why I am proud of planning and proud of planners. His election to honorary membership is richly deserved."

Mitchell Silver said: "I am humbled and honored to receive this prestigious recognition from the Royal Town Planning Institute and from the country that inspired the planning movement in the United States. I am deeply grateful for the honorary membership and I shall cherish my membership with pride and respect."

"This is a great honor for both Mitchell and the American Planning Association," said APA's Chief Executive Officer Paul Farmer, FAICP. "It confirms the outstanding contributions Mitchell has made both to the communities he's served and to the global planning profession as one of APA's past presidents. It is a very selective membership given that Mitchell is just one of eight planners in the U.S. to be so named," Farmer said.

Mitchell Silver is the immediate past president of the American Planning Association (APA) and the Chief Planning & Development Officer and Planning Director for Raleigh, North Carolina. He is an award-winning planner with over 28 years of experience and is internationally recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues. He specializes in comprehensive planning, place making and implementation strategies.

Silver received a bachelor's degree in architecture from Pratt Institute and a master's degree in urban planning from Hunter College. He is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a licensed Professional Planner (PP) in the State of New Jersey. He was recently named in the world's top 100 City Innovators. UBM's Future Cities, a global community for 21st century city decision makers, where he was named a top innovator in the urban policy category.

With 23,000 members worldwide, working in the public, private, charitable and education sectors, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is the largest professional institute for planners in Europe. As well as promoting spatial planning, RTPI develops and shapes policy affecting the built and natural environment, works to raise professional standards and supports members through continuous education, training and development. For further general information, visit the RTPI website at: RTPI is a charity registered in England 262865 and Scotland SC 03784

The American Planning Association (APA) is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. APA, with offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, has nearly 40,000 members worldwide in almost 100 countries.


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