George Ferguson

Former Mayor of Bristol

Past President of Royal Institute of British Architects (2003/5) and first elected Mayor of Bristol UK (2012-16).

From his Bristol based architectural practice Ferguson Mann Architects he founded the UK wide group, Acanthus, in 1986, and was joint founder of the Academy of Urbanism in 2005. He continues to practice what he preaches as a social entrepreneur and urban regenerator.

Under his leadership Bristol became European Green Capital (2015) and won many international awards including becoming a founder Rockefeller 100 Resilient City, winning the Guangzhou International Urban Innovation Award and The IMCL Lewis Mumford Healthy City Award

He has an international profile as an advocate for liveable cities and the global environment and has represented the European Commission, Eurocities, and others, including at Paris COP21 and at the G7 2016 summit in Japan.

He was appointed a CBE for services to architecture and the community in 2010, has honorary degrees from the University of Bristol and the University of West of England. He is a Fellow of the Cabot Institute at the University of Bristol and now runs his own consultancy, People & Cities.