On the 8th November 2023, we, and many others in the profession, acknowledge a day dedicated to Town Planning.
Every year we wonder what we can do to celebrate the profession which we at LRM have chosen to work in, and every year we discuss how we all found our way into the world of town planning. As perhaps expected of quite a niche career path, town planning is not a well-known profession typically discussed at school, and so we thought it’d be interesting to explore how we all found ourselves becoming planning consultants ……
“The university course prospectus showed students shaping a model of a new development with Lego, which opened up the possibility of a career in which I could help shape the built environment … and play with Lego.”
“My dad’s an architect and as a head strong teenager I wanted to have the upper hand. It’s true.”
“My geography teacher, also Mr Jones, lent me a text book on town planning to read over the summer holidays, and I found myself enjoying it far more than I expected.”
“I used to walk past the One Tower Bridge development in London on my way to an internship, and it inspired me to become involved in the development industry.”
“I wasn’t good enough to play professional football. Town planning is the next best thing”.
“It was a toss up between studying human geography and urban planning, but the town planning course offered free trips to Copenhagen and Los Angeles, so it was a bit of a no brainer”.
“I went into town planning when I didn’t enjoy my first degree, so as a couple of people from my home town had studied it at University, I thought I’d give it a go!”
“I enjoyed work experience at NRW and an architectural practice when I was in school, so it was logical to find something that combined both. Also, I was not sure what else to do when I completed my human geography undergraduate!”
“Neil’s parents told me it would be a better career choice than becoming a geography teacher.”
– Emily *
* For context, Neil’s parents, who are teachers, taught Emily in school. This makes Neil sound very old.