Nicholas Falk

Dr Nicholas Falk, BA (Oxon), MBA (Stanford), PhD (London), Hon FRIBA, Hon MRTPI is Executive Director of The URBED Trust and is the founder of URBED (urban and economic development) in London in 1976, which offered practical solutions to urban regeneration and local economic development.

Under The URBED Trust he is leading an innovative sustainable-housing project in India In the last few years his work and interests has focused on new communities, the future of the suburbs, historic centres, and the adaptive reuse of old buildings. He has recently been advising on an urban extension to Oxford, and previously produced the Cambridgeshire Quality Charter for Growth.

In 2017 he led a multi-discliplinary team on a piece of work looking at land assembly mechanisms for the Greater London Authority. London needs to double the amount of new housing by building homes that are well designed and in neighbourhoods that are sustainable, for example close to railway stations and local amenities. A report is being prepared to look at models for how this has been achieved outside the United Kingdom.

He has undertaken major research into European good practice. He is co-author of Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood: Building the 21st Century Home (Architectural Press, 2009). Other recent publications include the Regeneration of European Cities and How Local Authorities Can Build Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and Pillars of the Community for English Heritage. He worked with Professor Sir Peter Hall on Good Cities, Better Lives: how Europe discovered the lost art of urbanism, and has drawn on European good practice for his Smith Institute pamphlet Funding Housing and Local Growth: how a British Investment Bank can help. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, and many of his presentations and articles are available on the URBED Ltd website:

He teaches the Economics of Regeneration and Reuse at New York University in London, and is a Visiting Professor at the School of the Built Environment, University of the West of England. He is a member of the TCPA’s Policy Advisory Council, an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He lives in Stroud and London.

Nicholas Falk