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Natalya Palit from HTA's Planning team has been awarded the 2018/19 George Pepler International Award by the RTPI. Natalya was presented the award on the 23rd of January 2019 at the RTPI’s General Assembly. The George Pepler Award is a bursary granted to a person in their first 10 years post qualification experience wishing to undertake a short period of study on a particular aspect of spatial planning.

Natalya won for her submission entitled 'What can the UK learn from Vienna with regards to adopting a gender mainstreaming approach to shape built outcomes?' Gender mainstreaming is the integration of the gender perspective into every stage of the policy processes – design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation – with a view to promoting equality between women and men. Vienna is a global capital leading the way in this respect, having begun integrating the approach into their planning processes since the early 1990s. The city has a whole municipal department dedicated to “Women’s Affairs,” which has had most impact within urban planning.

Natalya is thrilled that she has been given the opportunity to pursue research enabling her to broaden her knowledge of an area of planning knowledge of particular interest to her. She is incredibly grateful to both the RTPI for selecting her submission and awarding her the grant, and to HTA Design for their encouragement and support.

John Acres, the outgoing RTPI President presented her the award and noted her submission sounded “innovative.”

Riette Oosthuizen, Planning Partner at HTA said: “We are delighted that Natalya won this Award; she definitely deserves to be encouraged for her interest and passion to further thinking in planning practice. I very much look forward to reading her report. As a profession we need to become much more conscious of how gender and culture may impact on the experience of the built environment and affect well-being. We will be supporting Natalya through her study and hope to have some thought-provoking debates afterwards”.

Natalya is a Senior Planner in our award-winning planning team.


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