Nick Wates is a leading specialist on community planning and design. As a writer, researcher, practitioner and consultant, he has participated in, and chronicled, its development for over 35 years.

His most popular book is The Community Planning Handbook (Earthscan, 2000) which is also on the internet ( Other books include Community Architecture (Penguin, 1987, with Charles Knevitt) and The Community Planning Event Manual (Earthscan, 2008). All three have been widely translated.

Born in 1951, he graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Architecture, Planning, Building and Environmental Studies and a Diploma in Development Planning from University College London. He has facilitated numerous community planning events in the UK and overseas and directed local regeneration initiatives, including the Hastings Urban Conservation Project in the early nineties.

In 2011 he was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts based on his ‘experience and expertise in urban planning and design’ and his ‘work to provide an accessible resource of best practice information in’.

Nick lives in Hastings, East Sussex and has two children, Mae and Max.
B.Sc Architecture, University College London, 1973
Diploma Development Planning, UCL, 1975
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Community architecture
Community planning
Participatory editing
Urban design
Urban regeneration
Personal Interests
Choir - see Soundwaves Community Choir, Hastings
Lake District, Cumbria
Local history