Join the International Society of City and Regional Planners

ISOCARP is a global society of city and regional planners who join as individual members.

ISOCARP equally values its partnerships with institutional members (see below).


Individual Membership

ISOCARP’s 800 members practice city and regional planning in 85 countries.
ISOCARP has brought together the world’s planning practitioners at the World Planning Congress for 54 years without a break.
ISOCARP is known for its UPATs (Urban Planning Advisory Teams) and YPP workshops (Young Planning Professionals).
ISOCARP is recognised by the United Nations, UNESCO, UN-Habitat and the Council of Europe.
ISOCARP produces one of the world’s best publications on planning practice, the annual ISOCARP Review.
ISOCARP publishes the encyclopedic International Manual of Planning Practice, profiling city and regional planning in 135 countries.
And it’s a lot of fun when the ISOCARP family meets each year in a different part of the world…

ISOCARP is a Society of, by and for the members.  We are all involved in city and regional planning in its many variations.

The above images are from ISOCARP’s 2018 World Planning Congress in the City of Bodø, Norway, a truly great event. The 2019 World Planning Congress is in Jakarta and Bogor, Indonesia.

We look forward to welcoming as members city and regional planners from around the globe, who care about planning, and who want to interact with their international colleagues.

The society offers recognition of professional status, and opportunities for career advancement and networking through conferences, publications, planning practice and service to the society.

Joining ISOCARP is a great way to support city and regional planning around the world, and to share international planning experience. Members pay a membership fee of 54 euros a year.

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Institutional Membership

A World of Planning Organisations
The International Society of City and Regional Planners welcomes planning and housing agencies, cities, universities, organisations and corporations as institutional members.
City and regional plans, and housing policies and programs, are developed in organisations which employ most of the world’s city and regional planners. These organisations include multilateral agencies; national, regional and local governments and their agencies; educational and research institutions; professional and academic institutes and associations; non-government policy and advocacy organisations; and technical, research and consulting corporations.
The International Society of City and Regional Planners seeks to work with these organisations, to strengthen its role as the global community connecting professional city and regional planners, and to create and share knowledge for better cities. The Society encourages these organisations to become institutional members of the Society, as the most effective way to maintain contact and collaboration.

Many reasons for joining ISOCARP

By joining the International Society of City and Regional Planners, institutional members are connected to the global city and regional planning community.

  • Institutional members support the International Society of City and Regional Planners and enrich the global city and regional planning community.
  • Organisations, by becoming institutional members, can connect with resources, partners and collaborators addressing common issues and problems.
  • Institutional members, through the Society, reach a global audience, a global marketplace, and a global employment market.
  • Institutional Members may participate in, contribute to and benefit from the activities of the ISOCARP Institute, and being part of its International Advisory Board.
  • Institutional members are able to offer the Society’s members resources, information and opportunities for networking and professional development.
  • Institutional members are encouraged to be actively and visibly involved in the World Planning Congress, ISOCARP’s website and publications, and core activities including UPATs and the Awards.

Full participation

Through representatives and nominated members, institutional members participate fully in the International Society of City and Regional Planners.

  • An institutional member’s representative will be the primary contact and representative of their organisation, and the Society will normally communicate with the organisation through that person. The representative will be an individual member of the Society with the same rights of participation and voting as all other individual members.
  • An institutional member may nominate a number of other persons chosen by them, including staff, members, associates, students and clients, to become individual members of the Society with the same rights of participation and voting as all other individual members.
  • The representative of an institutional member and persons nominated to become ISOCARP members must complete membership applications and provide evidence that they have the education and/or experience to practice city and regional planning as defined in the Society’s membership regulations. These applications will be determined in the same manner as applications for individual membership.

Three levels of institutional membership

Applications for institutional membership are determined by the Board.

  • Platinum institutional members may maintain their own page on Planetary, organise a session at the World Planning Congress, receive support for active involvement in the activities and programs of the Society, and pay a reduced entry fee for the Awards of Excellence. Included in the membership fee are ten memberships of the Society and three delegates to the Congress. The annual fee for Platinum institutional membership is €1500.
  • Gold institutional members may maintain their own page on Planetary, receive support for active involvement in the activities and programs of the Society and pay a reduced entry fee for the Awards of Excellence. Included in the membership fee are six memberships of the Society, and two delegates to the Congress. The annual fee for Gold institutional membership is €1000.
  • Silver institutional members may maintain their own page on Planetary, receive support for active involvement in the activities and programs of the Society and pay a reduced entry fee for the Awards of Excellence. Included in the membership fee are two memberships of the Society and one delegate to the Congress. The annual fee for Silver institutional membership is €500.

The Board is authorised to adjust institutional membership fees for any following year, provided that any increase is limited to an increase in the fee of ten per cent.
The Board is authorised to vary the benefits of Platinum, Gold and Silver institutional members to meet the specific needs of particular institutional members, provided that the benefits remain generally equivalent to the above packages.
The Board is authorised to grant honorary Bronze institutional membership to organisations that are associates, supporters and friends of the Society, and to accept a representative as a member.

The admission process has three stages, which may take up to 10 working days:

  1. Please send us the online application forms for institutional membership and for the representative.
  2. The Secretary forwards these two forms to the Vice-President for Members
  3. We inform you about your application, payment schedule and invoice, and log-in details. Your institutional membership will be confirmed and active upon paying the fees.

Do you have any questions?

For more information about individual and institutional memberships, please contact Balint Horvath (horvath@isocarp.org) or Monica Overtoom (overtoom@isocarp.org).

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