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​New Cambridge University ‘Cities and society’ lecture series tribute to ground-breaking JLL researcher

A lecture series focusing on the impact of city growth is tribute to Honor Chapman, International Director at JLL

LONDON, 8th May 2014- The first JLL sponsored annual Honor Chapman Memorial Lecture on ‘Cities and Society’ took place last night at Hughes Hall, Cambridge University in tribute to the late JLL research Director.   

Honor Chapman CBE, who died in 2009, was a Partner and International Director at JLL.  She was ground-breaking in the field of property research with particular knowledge of the London market.  One of her most notable achievements was to bring into sharp focus on the issue of London’s position in a world of rapidly growing – and competing – cities. 

Her contribution to the report London: World City in 1991 marked a new approach whereby cities applied the disciplines of rigorous analysis, brand development and marketing from the world of business.  She set up the London First Centre, becoming its first CEO, before going on to lead other ventures such as the London Development Agency, where she was Vice-Chair, and Future London.

This lecture series was created when three leading London real estate figures, Rosemary Feenan from JLL , Andrew Gould, Chairman of the UK Green Building Council and former JLL CEO and Benson Elliot’s Marc Mogull, came together to form a lasting tribute to Honor Chapman.   

Rosemary Feenan, Head of Global Research at JLL  commented:  “Honor Chapman was a truly exceptional figure: a uniquely creative thinker about cities and real estate, a true innovator who brought research-based approaches and R&D into the planning and development of our cities. She was one of the first women to become recognised as a business leader of the highest calibre in the sector and in the wider business world, and she challenged a new generation of professionals to aim high and to think creatively.”

The lectures will examine the impact of the speed and extent of urbanisation and the major issues of economic growth, sustainability, environmentalism and social justice that this is engendering. Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas who delivered last night’s lecture,  was the founder Chairman of London & Partners, Chairman of the New West End Company, and is a Special Adviser to the US property company, Tishman Speyer.

Giving the lecture Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas said:  “There is now a wide consensus of what is required for world cities to be successful. These include, mobility and space to grow, quality of life and place, a highly skilled work force, transparency of the business environment, concentrations of financial service firms and a well-managed city brand.”