Nicholas FALK

Associé, URBED (Urbanism Environment and Design)

Dr Nicholas Falk, BA (Oxon), MBA (Stanford), PhD (London), Hon FRIBA, founded URBED (urban and economic development) 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, and previously produced the Cambridgeshire Quality Charter for Growth.

He has undertaken major research into European good practice. He is co-author ofSustainable 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 pamphletFunding Housing and Local Growth: how a British Investment Bank can help. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, and many of his presentations and articles are available on

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. He lives in Stroud and London.


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