In Memoriam - Dr. Ira Robinson FCIP (1924-2015)

Posting Date: 
May 10, 2015 - June 5, 2015

Dr Ira Robinson

It is with great sadness that the Institute acknowledges the passing of Dr. Ira Robinson FCIP (Ret.) on April 28, 2015, in Victoria. Dr. Robinson was a founding member of the Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC) in 1958, and was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners in 2002.

Originally from the Bronx, New York, Ira began as an educator in the planning profession when he joined the relatively new School of Community & Regional Planning (SCARP) at the University of British Columbia in 1952. He went on to a distinguished and influential career as a planning academic, retiring as a Professor Emreritus from the University of Calgary some forty years later.

In addition to being one of the handful of founding members of PIBC upon its incorporation in 1958, Ira was also active in the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (formerly AACIP) during his time at the University of Calgary. Both during his academic career and beyond Ira remained active in his flelds of planning expertise - including co-authoring, with Gerald Hodge, Planning Canadian Regions (UBC Press, 2001). Dr. Robinson was a significant contributor and influencer within the planning profession in Canada - something recognized and acknowledged by his induction as a Fellow of CIP in 2002.

More recently, Ira reflected on his life and career - publishing his memoirs, entitled An Urban Life Journey: From the Bronx, NYC to Victoria, BC, in 2011.

He was a true legend, and will be greatly missed. The Institute extends its deep and sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.


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