Established in 1961 and named after the first UIA President, Sir Patrick Abercrombie, the UIA’s Abercrombie Prize recognises exemplary works of urban and regional planning and design. The son of a Manchester stockbroker and one of nine children, Sir Patrick Abercrombie was a British architect and town planner known for his role in the post-WWII reconstruction of London. After 6 years of architecture apprenticeships in Manchester and Liverpool, he joined the staff of the University of Liverpool, where he later became a professor of civic design (1915–35). During his tenure at Liverpool, he cofounded the Council for the Preservation of Rural England (1926) and drafted schemes for the English towns and regions of Sheffield, Doncaster, Bristol, and Bath, among others.

Later on, while professor of town planning at University College London (1935–46), Abercrombie devised postwar reconstruction plans for London and its environs. He sought to combat urban sprawl by resettling the population into a number of distinct, self-sufficient communities connected by an improved network of roads. He also contributed to the redevelopment of other war-torn English towns, including Plymouth, Hull, and Bournemouth, and cities outside England like Edinburgh, Hong Kong, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Abercrombie was knighted in 1945.

Past winners of the UIA Patrick Abercrombie Prize include Edmund N. Bacon, Jan Gehl, Nuno Portas, Sir Peter Hall and Mahmoud Yousry Hassan. UIA Member Sections are invited to nominate candidates for the 2021 UIA Prizes here.