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Conference

Smart Practice Conference 2019: New Ways of Working

Explore how digital design and fabrication shape architectural practice, examine if Integrated Project Insurance offers a panacea for procurement, and hear how collaboration creates business opportunities for small practices.

Smart Practice, RIBA’s annual national conference for practitioners, has a forward-looking, strategic focus. It is designed to appeal to architects working in practices of different scales across sectors.

The intention is to provide a highly informative and insightful day out of the office. The conference aspires to give practitioners the head space, the fuel and the ideas for moving things on and continual improvement – at the project and the practice level.

This year's theme of New Ways of Working will explore opportunities in modular design and construction, how digital design and fabrication shape architectural practice, innovative procurement models and how a culture of collaboration creates business opportunities for small practices. Attend to hear from some of Europe and the UK's most forward thinking architects and clients.

Morning Programme: Collaborative Practice

10.00
Welcome

RIBA President, Alan Jones

10.10
Keynote: Punching Above Your Weight Through Collaboration
Tomas Stokke, Co-founder, Haptic Architects

10.35
Collaboration - How to Get It Right

Q&A with Tomas Stokke chaired by Lucy Carmichael, RIBA Director of Practice

10.50
Coffee break

11.15
Disrupting the Procurement Landscape? Lessons on Integrated Project Insurance from the Derby Museum Silk Mill

Presentations by project architect Irena Bauman, Bauman Lyons; client Hannah Fox, Derby Museums; project manager Gareth McGill, Speller Metcalfe; procurement consultant Kevin Thomas, IPInitiatives; and construction lawyer Katie Saunders, Trowers & Hamlins Manchester.

11.50
A Procurement Model Promoting Collaborative Working?

Panel discussion on IPI chaired by Russell Curtis, Founding Director, RCKa. Panellists: Irena Bauman, Hannah Fox, Gareth McGill, Kevin Thomas, Katie Saunders

12.10
Building Communities
Jan Kattein, Founder, Jan Kattein Architects

12.35
Participatory Practices

Q&A with Jan Kattein chaired by Lucy Carmichael

12.50
Networking Lunch

Afternoon Programme: Digital Design and Fabrication

13.50
Keynote: Reinventing Material Practices in Architecture

Prof. Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Centre for Information Technology and Architecture, KADK Copenhagen

14.30
Learning from the Product Designer Mindset
Bruce Bell, Founder, Facit Homes

14.55
New Ways of Working
Q&A chaired by Lucy Carmichael, RIBA Director of Practice

15.10
Coffee break

15.35 
Client Strategies in Design for Manufacture and Assembly
Russ Edwards, Design & Technical Director, Lendlease; Tim Carey, National Product Director, Willmott Dixon

16.00 
Balancing Standardisation and Customisation in Modular Housing
Presentations by Amber Beare, Design Manager, Urban Splash Modular; Wilf Meynell, Director, Studio Bark; and Carl Vann, Partner, PTE

16.25 
Opportunities in Offsite

Panel discussion chaired by Holly Porter, Founding Director, Surface to Air. Panellists: Russ Edwards, Amber Beare, Wilf Meynell and Carl Vann.

16.50
Closing Remarks

Lucy Carmichael, RIBA Director of Practice

17.00
Finish

Read insights shared by our speakers

Ticket prices (including VAT):

  • RIBA Member: £95
  • Non-Member Price: £140
  • Student: £50

This conference is RIBA CPD Certified and is worth 6 hours of structured CPD.

FAQs

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For all enquiries please contact thomas.egerton@riba.org or call 0207 307 3749.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, please bring your printed ticket to the event as proof of purchase.

What is the refund policy?

Refunds will be given up to 7 days before the event, 24 September 2019.

Please note this event will be filmed and photographed.*

*The film and photos from the event will be included in a delegate resource pack which you will be sent following the event to recap on your learning. The film and photos will also be used in the promotion of future RIBA events and by the RIBA for communications purposes. Should you wish not to be filmed or photographed, please notify staff on the day of the event at the registration desk and we will observe your request.

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