Sir Peter Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement in Planning History

The Peter Hall Award is the most prestigious prize awarded by the IPHS. It recognizes sustained excellence for a body of published work that has made an outstanding contribution to international scholarship and conveyed the relevance of planning history to contemporary planning challenges.

The principal criteria for the award are:
1. Quantum of published writings (books, book chapters, journal articles, conference papers, reports, other writings) forming a distinctive and coherent contribution to planning history.
2. Evidence for a sustained engagement with scholarship of theoretical and/or empirical excellence.
3. Evidence of wider impact of research contributions on planning practice and/or policy.
4. Evidence of international impact.

The Peter Hall Award is awarded biennially at the IPHS Conference. It includes a certificate, inscribed medallion, and complimentary registration to the conference at which the prize is to be awarded. The inaugural award to Professor Shun-ichi Watanabe was made at the Yokohama conference in July 2018.

The Society reserves the right to not make an award. The award is to a living individual but in exceptional circumstances may be made jointly or posthumously. The award is not necessarily confined to an IPHS member.

Documentation Required

  1. Citation
    A statement of the case for the candidate’s nomination addressing relevant criteria. Citation should be in English. Length: one page, maximum 700 words.

  2. List of major publications

Books, chapters, articles, other published outputs.

Organised by category/type and then newest to oldest. Length: two pages maximum.

  1. CV

A full and up-to-date Curriculum Vita of the nominee. Length: A maximum 1mb file.

  1. Supplementary Documentation

The proposer may also submitsupplementary documentationwhich elaborates the claims in the citation. Length: A maximum 5mb file.



Sir Peter Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement in Planning History 2020:

Professor Helen Meller









Sir Peter Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement in Planning History 2018:

Professor Shun-ichi Watanabe