Nick Wates

Nick Wates is a leading authority on community involvement in planning and architecture. As an independent author, practitioner and teacher he has participated in, and chronicled, its development for over 30 years. He is currently Director of Nick Wates Associates, a community planning consultancy based in Hastings UK.

Nick is also Site Editor of The Community Planning Website ( which is based on his popular Community Planning Handbook (Earthscan, 2000). 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 gained a First in Architecture, Planning, Building and Environmental Studies and a Diploma in Development Planning from University College London.

Nick has facilitated numerous community engagement events in the UK and overseas and directed local regeneration initiatives, including the Hastings Urban Conservation Project in the early nineties and its conversion to an independent development trust (Hastings Trust). He now devotes most of his time to providing advice on engagement strategy to organizations in the public, private and voluntary sectors and producing good practice guidance in books, presentations or on websites.

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Nick Wates can be contacted through the Spatial Effects website.