Succeeding in the Sahel

One of the greatest rewards of working on housing issues in rapidly urbanising countries is the opportunity to see how resourceful people are when it comes to obtaining land and housing, even when they have extremely limited resources. The World Habitat Awards, organised and funded by BSHF, provide a wealth of examples of such innovation and […]

Ethiopia Urban Land Supply and Affordable Housing Study

In late 2016, Geoff was invited by ICF Consultants to join their proposal to undertake a major review of urban land supply and affordable housing in Ethiopia. The proposal was successful and Geoff has been appointed as the lead consultant in the review of urban land production and lease transfer, while Dr. Graham Tipple has […]

Geoff Elected a Member of the International Committee of the RTPI

  Geoff has been invited to become a member of the International Committee of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Although Geoff missed the meeting in March due to travel commitments, he hopes to contribute actively on issues relating to urban planning in the Global South, where the challenges facing the planning profession are particularly […]

Geoffrey Visiting Senegal for the 2017 World Habitat Awards

Picture by BSHF. Geoff was invited by David Ireland, Director of the Building and Social Housing Foundation, to visit Senegal to review a shortlisted project for the 2017 World Habitat Awards which the foundation sponsors and organises. Geoff was one of several trustees invited to visit projects in different countries and was in Senegal between […]

Geoffrey Payne: Contribution to Habitat III in Quito

  Geoff attended Habitat III in Quito Ecuador in October at the invitation of the Network-Association of European Researchers on Urbanisation in the South (NAERUS), sponsored by Cities Alliance. In Quito, Geoff made several contributions including: Presenting a keynote paper on ‘Increasing tenure security for community development and urban transformation’. The paper is due to […]

Geoff gives lecture at Cambridge University

Geoff was invited by Jaime Royo Olid and Anna Rowell of the Cambridge University group Architects Sans Frontiers (ASF) to give a lecture at the School of Architecture on 27 April. The title of Geoff’s lecture was ‘The global urban challenge: Are architects and planners part of the solution or part of the problem?’ Following […]

New GPA Associate!

Geoff is happy to announce that Christopher de Gruben has joined GPA as an Associate. Christopher is the managing partner of M.A.D. (Make a Difference), an organisation of real estate consultants based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He obtained his postgraduate diploma at Said Business School, Oxford University and a master’s degree at Reading University and is currently […]