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 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.

The inaugural Sir Peter Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement was made to Professor Shun-ichi Watanabe at the 18th IPHS conference held in Yokohama in July 2018. Professor Helen Meller received the award in 2020.

Required Nomination Documentation

  • 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.
  • List of major publications: Books, chapters, articles, other published outputs organised by category/type and then newest to oldest. Length: two pages maximum.
  • CV: A full and up-to-date Curriculum Vita of the nominee. Length: A maximum 1mb file.
  • Supplementary Documentation: The proposer may also submit supplementary documentation which elaborates the claims in the citation. Length: A maximum 5mb file.

Sir Peter Hall Award Committee

  • Chair: Professor Robert Freestone, University of New South Wales
  • Professor Carola Hein (IPHS Vice President), TU Delft
  • Professor John Pendlebury (Council Member), University of Newcastle, UK
  • Professor Rosemary Wakeman (Council Member), Fordham University
  • Adjunct Associate Research Professor Christine Garnaut (IPHS President), University of South Australia

Nominations for the Sir Peter Hall Award should be sent to the committee chair, Professor Robert Freestone (e:



Professor Steve Ward


Professor Helen Meller


Professor Shun-ichi Watanabe