Jammal Lecture

Ibrahim Jammal.

Ibrahim Jammal, founder and former chair and professor of the planning department.

The Jammal Lecture is an annual event sponsored by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning that brings eminent scholars in the field of international planning to campus to deliver a public lecture to students, faculty and the community. 

Named in honor of former urban planning professor Ibrahim Jammal, the program was endowed by Professor Jammal’s wife, Viviane, after his death in 2007. A leading scholar of globalization in urban planning, Jammal founded UB’s urban planning program and served on its faculty for more than 30 years.

As founder, professor and world-renowned scholar of futures studies and international planning, Ibrahim “Himi” Jammal left an indelible mark on the field of planning.

2022-23 Jammal Lecturer: Iftikhar Hakim

  • Iftikhar Hakim

    April 26, 2023 | Jammal Lecture "Fifty years of urban planning in the Kashmir     

    Hakim will focus on the spatial planning of Srinagar tracing the history of the plan documents from the date the formal planning was instituted in the Valley.


Previous Jammal Lecturers

  • Harry Dimitriou | 2022 Jammal International Fellow

    Feb. 10, 2022

    Harry Dimitriou, Bartlett Professor of Planning Studies at the University College London, discusses the need for the development of enhanced and adaptive strategic decision-making frameworks for mega infrastructure investment. Dimitriou is also director of the OMEGA Centre for Mega Infrastructure and Development, based at University College London. 

  • Ben Davy, University of Johannesburg | 2021 Jammal International Fellow

    March 30, 2021

    Join us for the 2021 Jammal International Lecture with Ben Davy, visiting professor of law at the University of Johannesburg (South Africa), who will consider the disintegration of key values of urban governance: hope, generosity, self-restraint, justice and simplicity. 

  • Ahmad Zaki Sarferaz

    Oct. 9, 2019

    Delivering this year's Jammal Lecture is Ahmad Zaki Sarferaz, mayor of Kabul and a 2014 graduate of UB. He will discuss the role of urban planning as the capital city of Afghanistan navigates rapid urbanization and rising citizen demands for services amidst ongoing conflict.

  • Jane Battersby

    April 24, 2019

    Jane Battersby presents findings from research conducted in South Africa, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe to frame the impacts of existing planning on food security, but also the potential for more food sensitive planning to emerge.

  • Thomas Barfield

    February 28, 2018

    A professor of anthropology at Boston University, Thomas Barfield studies the economic and political development challenges in Afghanistan, particularly those related to law, government organization and development issues.

  • Jonathan Richmond, Ibrahim and Viviane Jammal Fellow in International Planning

    Feb. 26, 2014

    A scholar and advisor on transportation and governance, Jonathon Richmond's greatest current concerns are about stemming the corruption that destroys chances of effective growth taking place in many of the world's developing countries.