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Westminster Team wins First Prize in RTPI Inter-University Planning Quiz

Planning, Housing and Urban Design 30 November 2015

Students from the University of Westminster’s postgraduate planning courses claimed victory at the inaugural Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Inter-University Planning Quiz which was held at the architecture design firm Arup’s Fitzrovia offices on 19 November.

The event brought together six teams from London universities including the University of Westminster, University College London (UCL), London School Economics (LSE) and London South Bank University (LSBU), in addition to a team from Newcastle University whose members are currently undertaking work placements in London.

After a short introduction by Chris Tunnell from Arup’s Planning Team, Quizmaster and RTPI London committee member George Weeks conducted nine rounds of questions which covered a range of topics including architectural prize-winners, geography, planning history, famous quotes relating to the built environment, current affairs and general knowledge.

The University of Westminster team, called ‘Baker Street Duo’, consisted of John Cooney, Urban and Regional Planning MA student, and Marcia Klein studying on the International Planning and Sustainable Development MA course. Despite being the smallest team on the night, the pair were tied for first place with LSBU at the half-way point of the quiz, and pulled ahead in the later stages to beat their southern rivals by a narrow margin. Newcastle University claimed third place. The first prize consisted of a £50 Book Voucher and tickets to the 2016 London Planning Awards which will take place at City Hall in early February next year.

One half of the winning Westminster team, John Cooney, said: “It was a great honour to represent the University, and the knowledge we gained in our recent lectures definitely gave us the edge with many of the questions asked.”

RTPI London Chair Charlotte Morphet said: "The Inter-University Planning Quiz was a great success and we want to congratulate the University of Westminster team for beating the competition. We hope to make it an annual event. We would encourage students to check our RTPI London website and blog for our upcoming events.”

The Royal Town Planning Institute is the UK's leading planning body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning and is the largest planning institute in Europe with over 23,000 members. Student membership of the RTPI is free and they organise several planning-related events for their members.

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