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 lecture is named in honor of Ibrahim Jammal, who with his wife, Viviane, established the endowed lecture.  Dr. Jammal founded the University at Buffalo Department of Planning and served on its faculty for more than 30 years.  Dr. Jammal is widely regarded as a major force behind the study of globalization within the field of planning, and the School of Architecture and Planning celebrates this legacy each spring with the Jammal Lecture in planning.

Jonathan Richmond, 2014 Ibrahim and Viviane Jammal Fellow in International Planning

Jonathan Richmond.

Jonathan Richmond, 2014 Ibrahim and Viviane Jammal Fellow in International Planning

A scholar and advisor on transportation and governance, Jonathan Richmond's greatest current concerns are about stemming the corruption that destroys chances of effective growth taking place in many of the world's developing countries. He also seeks to build better governance by harnessing the enthusiasm and integrity of the younger government workers who generally have high ambitions for their countries, hate corruption, and wish to move their nations forward.

Richmond was recently transport adviser to the Governments of Mauritius and then Bangladesh. He has also advised the Governments of Singapore and Dubai, as well as the leadership of Los Angeles on transportation issues. He was New South Wales Department of Transport Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney, with roles in government advising as well as teaching.

Affected by the damaging effects of corruption, he is now turning his career to teaching and practice in the area of building good government. He helped edit a recent manual on corruption control for the German development agency, GIZ, has appeared on panels on corruption at the invitation of the World Bank, and was invited to Manila to address the ADB on ways of moving from corruption to effective governance.

A graduate of the London School of Economics and a British Fulbright Scholar at MIT, where he received Masters and Doctoral degrees, Richmond has held teaching positions at a number of universities including the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, where he worked on curriculum reform to make educational content more appropriate for Asian students, with results published in the International Education Journal.

Previous Jammal Lecturers

  • 2013: Qing Shen, professor and chair, Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington
  • 2010: Susan Fainstein, professor of urban planning at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and a leading figure in the field of urban planning
  • 2009: Faranak Miraftab, professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and an expert in international development and contemporary urban politics
  • 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