Practice Action - AD Masterclasses

Practice Action - AD Masterclasses

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Practice Action is a series of Masterclasses and Conversations developed jointly by Architects Declare and ACAN in partnership with RIBA.

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Practice Action builds on themes from the AD Practice Guide and aims to provide architecture professionals with the practical skills and confidence to pursue more sustainable and regenerative practice models.

The series is designed to assist small and medium practices and those within the practice who are looking to effect change. We’ve brought together experts from across the industry to get you up to speed. Sessions promise to be informative, interactive and fun.

Architects Declare is providing this series of 5 Masterclasses and ACAN is providing a series of 5 Conversations to complement these. We recommend signing up to both Masterclasses and Conversations.

The series will be worth approximately 15 hours of CPD. Each Masterclass takes place on Zoom from 2.00 - 3.30pm:

  • Friday 6th May: Climate Literacy - ENDED
  • Friday 10th June: Understanding Impact - ENDED
  • Friday 8th July: Working with the Client Brief
  • Friday 5th August: Collaboration and Learning within practice
  • Friday 16th September: Closing the Loop

You can book each Masterclass individually for £50 per person.

Zoom links and other details will be provided to participants ahead of the Masterclasses.

Masterclass 1: Climate Literacy - Friday 6th May

This session helped participants to assess existing levels of climate literacy against the Climate Framework – an industry-recognised tier system for climate literacy. Hosted by Zoe Watson, Sustainability Specialist at Levitt Bernstein, and led by industry expert, Mina Hasman, Sustainable Practice Director at SOM.

Masterclass 2: Understanding Impact - Friday 10th June

This session helped practitioners to measure and reduce their impact, developing an understanding of the relative impact of project and business carbon footprints, reporting against your scope 1-3 emissions, how measure project impacts through carrying out early-stage life cycle assessments and improve understanding of best practice metrics and targets recommended by the industry.

Hosted by Craig Robertson (Associate & Head of Sustainability at AHMM), with speakers Joe Jack Williams, (Associate and researcher at Feilden Clegg Bradley ), Ben Hopkins (Associate atBennetts Associates) and Jess Hrivnak (Sustainable Development Adviser with the RIBA).

Don't forget to sign up to ACAN's follow-on Practice Action Conversation: 'Transforming Practice - Where to start?' on 23rd June (19.00- 20.30).

Masterclass 3: Working with the Client Brief - Friday 8th July

Learn how to work with your client to develop a project brief which successfully achieves sustainable or regenerative outcomes. Understand how to set up an effective workshop to challenge any weaknesses in the brief and ensure you overcome typical barriers during the development and delivery process.

Get tips on how to develop in-house office champions and how to galvanise support within your design team. Learn to develop a compelling business case demonstrating clear value to your client.

Speakers & host:

Mina Hasman, Sustainable Practice Director, SOM

Sarah Williams, Chair of the RIBA client advisor group

Register using the Select a Date button for this informative CPD on Friday 8th July 14:00 - 15:30.

Don’t forget to sign-up to ACAN’s follow-up conversation ‘Co-creating with Clients’ on 21 July.

Masterclass 4: Collaboration and Learning within practice - Friday 5th August

This masterclass will help you foster a culture of collaboration and learning within practice. Learn how to grow climate literacy and share expertise. Get expert advise on how best to galvanise action within our design teams and how to draw on what is successful already.

Round Table Speakers & host:

A round table discussion and Q&A with various Heads and Sustainability Leads representing small, medium and large practices, as well as an experienced solo practitioner.

Register using the Select a Date button for this informative CPD on Friday 5th August 14:00 - 15:30

Don’t forget to sign-up to ACAN’s follow-up conversation ‘Common ground with colleagues’ on 25 Aug.

Masterclass 5: Closing the Loop - Friday 16th September

Learn how to develop a successful feedback loop looking at types of building evaluation including details on setting up the scope for stage 7. Learn about what to measure and how to engage other members of the team with the process. Gain an understanding of how your clients and practice benefit from such appraisals.

Speakers & host:

Judit Kimpian, Architect and Environmental Policy expert, UCL

Diana Dina, Head of sustainability & regenerative design, Haworth Tompkins

Anna Pamphilon, Director of Pamphilon Architects

Register using the Select a Date button for this informative CPD on Friday 16th September 14:00 - 15:30

Don’t forget to sign-up to ACAN’s follow-up conversation ‘Reflective Practice’ on 27th Sept.

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