Dr Wei Yang concludes her RTPI Presidency for 2021
19 Jan 2022
After one year’s dedicated service as the RTPI President for 2021, Dr Wei Yang delivered her Valedictory Speech ‘The Future is in Our Hands’ on 19th January 2022 at the Royal Society of Arts in London.
In her speech, Dr Yang said:
“The journey of my RTPI Presidency started from the day when I wrote my Manifesto in summer 2019, as I strongly believe we need a revival of spirit and a modernised planning profession.
“My core activities in 2021 were focused on articulating the vital role planning profession can play in tackling the grand challenges of our times, and at the same time creating sustainable, beautiful, and inclusive places for us and for our future generations.
“I took the message that ‘planning profession has a positive solution to offer - a place-based systems approach’ to COP26, Conversative Party Conference, and many events I spoke in the UK and internationally. It was great to have the opportunity to showcase the best planning research and practice.
“There is an urgent need for the planning profession to develop more skills and capacities, to ensure we are future proofed to cultivate interdisciplinary leaders and enablers, and to attract future talents.
“I would like to thank everyone supported me during my presidential year. To serve as President of the Royal Town Planning Institute has been an honour beyond description. Thank you for giving me this privilege to represent the planning profession I love dearly.
“I have no doubt the heyday of the planning profession is coming. Let’s grab it - the Future is in our hands!”
Read Wei Yang RTPI President Valedictory Speech The Future is in Our Hands (19 January 2022)