Jammal Lecture

Ibrahim Jammal.

The Jammal Lecture honors the legacy of 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. 

The Jammal International Fellow and Lecture program is 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.

We’re pleased to welcome Harry Dimitriou as the 2022 Jammal International Fellow. Dimitriou is the Bartlett Professor of Planning Studies at University College London (UCL) and sometime Head of the Bartlett School of Planning. He is also Director of the OMEGA Centre at UCL – an international centre of excellence for the study of mega projects in transport and development, undertaking international research into decision-making in the planning, appraisal, delivery and evaluation of mega urban transport projects in Europe, USA and the Asia Pacific. Join us on Feb. 10, 2022, as Dimitriou presents the 2022 Jammal Lecture.

Previous Jammal Lecturers

  • 2021: Ben Davy, Visiting professor to the Faculty of Law at the University of Johannesburg and the School of Architecture and Spatial Planning, TU Wien University (Austria). Learn more
  • 2019: Ahamd Zaki Sarfaraz (MUP '14), former mayor, Kabul, Afghanistan. Learn more
  • 2019: Jane Battersby, Senior Researcher, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town. Learn more
  • 2018: Thomas Barfield, Professor of Anthropology, Boston University | President, American Institute for Afghanistan Studies. Learn more
  • 2014: Jonathan Richmond, former transport adviser to the Governments of Mauritius and then Bangladesh; former advisor to the Governments of Singapore , Dubai and Los Angeles on transportation issues. Learn more
  • 2013: Qing Shen, professor and chair, Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington
  • 2012: Gary Hack, Professor Emeritus, MIT Department of Urban Studies + Planning
  • 2011: Christine Bae, Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington, Seattle; and Harry Richardson,  ‎The James Irvine Chair of Urban and Regional Planning · ‎University of Southern California
  • 2010: Susan Fainstein, professor of urban planning at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University
  • 2009: Faranak Miraftab, professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • 2008: Tridib Banerjee, James Irvine Professor of Planning at the University of Southern California
  • 2007: Saskia Sassen, author, distinguished economist, urban sociologist and expert on the effects of globalization

As founder of the planning department, professor and world-renowned scholar of  futures studies and international planning, Ibrahim “Himi” Jammal left an indelible  mark on the field of planning during his more than 30-year career with the School of Architecture and Planning.