Charles Landry

President and Author, Creative Bureaucracy Initiative, London, United Kingdom


Charles Landry is an author, speaker and international adviser on the future of cities across the globe and is best known for popularising the Creative City concept. His book The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators became a movement to rethink the planning, development and management of cities. He invented the concept of the creative bureaucracy and co-authored The Creative Bureaucracy & its Radical common Sense with Margie Caust.  He has chaired multiple urban innovation juries including The European Capital of Innovation Award – iCapitalNew Innovations in the Creative Economy (N.I.C.E.)Actors for Urban Change and chairs the EU High Level Expert Group on Innovating Cities. He is a fellow of The Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin.

He is credited for his attempt to rethink city making through his work on the art of city making, intercultural cities, the psychology of cities, creative bureaucracies and the measurement of creativity in cities – the latter developed with Bilbao and now assessed through in-depth studies of 25 cities. Previously he founded the think tank Comedia in 1978, which pioneered the connection between culture, creativity and city transformation. See