AESOP was established in 1987 in Belgium as an international association with scientific, artistic and educational purposes and operates according to its Charter.
With over 150 members, AESOP is the only representation of planning schools of Europe. Given this unique position, AESOP strengthens its profile as a professional body. AESOP mobilizes its resources, taking a leading role and entering its expertise into ongoing debates and initiatives regarding planning education and planning qualifications of future professionals. AESOP promotes its agenda with professional bodies, politicians and all other key stakeholders in spatial and urban development and management across Europe.
These aims are achieved through a number of activities:
The administrative and managerial organs of the AESOP are: the General Assembly, the Council of Representatives and the Executive Committee.
The Assembly is the Association’s formal means of consultation. All of the powers of the AESOP rest within the Council of Representatives which is a body elected by Full Members. The Executive Committee holds the managerial and administrative powers of the Association.