The first elected Mayor of Bristol and the first independent mayor to lead a major city in UK, following a career as an architect, environmental campaigner and social entrepreneur.
George Ferguson is the first elected mayor of Bristol since November 2012 and the only independent to lead a major city in Britain, following a career as an architect, environmental campaigner and social entrepreneur. He is Past President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (2003/5). He founded Acanthus, a UK-wide network of architectural practices, and has a broad variety of experience in urban regeneration, including founding his own theatre and brewery. A co-founder of the UK based Academy of Urbanism (2006), he has broadcast and lectured extensively on the environment, planning and architectural matters in the UK and abroad. Appointed a Commander of the British Empire in 2010 for services to architecture and the community, he also has honorary degrees from the University of Bristol and University of West of England. He led the team that secured Bristol the title of European Green Capital 2015 and is raising the profile of Bristol across the world as one of Europe’s most liveable and creative cities.
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