DLA Town Planning employee attains RTPI Chartered Town Planner status

James Fitzpatrick

We are delighted to announce that James Fitzpatrick has become a Chartered Town Planner, the ultimate qualification for the profession awarded exclusively by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). James joined DLA in July 2018 and graduated from the University of Reading (Henley Business School) with an RTPI-accredited degree in MSc Spatial Planning and Development. Upon graduation James joined the Institute to become a Licentiate member, where he worked on building his professional experience. Finally, following the RTPI’s Assessment of Professional Competence James is now a RTPI Chartered Town Planner.

The RTPI is Europe’s largest professional body for planners, with 25,000 members worldwide working in public, private, charitable and education sectors. As well as promoting spatial planning, the Institute sets high standards for planning education and is the only body in the UK that accredits Chartered Town Planners.

Martine Koch, RTPI Head of Membership, said:

“I congratulate James for successfully making this important step in their career. Chartered Membership is the most highly sought-after professional status for planners. It demonstrates to clients, peers, the public and employers around the world that the individual works to the highest professional and ethical standards.”

All routes to become an RTPI Chartered Town Planner are competency-based to enable practitioners from different academic backgrounds and experience to demonstrate the high standards required.

Huge congratulations and very well-done James, from all of us at DLA.