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President's Debates: Robots Are Tomorrow's Architects
Tue 28 February 2017, 18:00 – 21:00 GMT
The traditional, combative art of debate makes a welcome return to 66 Portland Place with this new series of President’s debates.
The second in the series, proposes the motion Robots Are Tomorrow’s Architects, invites speakers to argue both sides of a 21st century debate about the future of architecture.
Advances in technology have long been recognised as a threat to manual labour. But now skilled jobs, including those in architecture, are at risk. Can we adapt to this new digital age or will we face the rise of the robots?
Professor Flora Samuel, Chair of the RIBA Research and Innovation Group, will ‘referee’ a lively debate.
For the motion we have Dale Sinclair, RIBA's Ambassador for Collaboration and Technical, a Director of AECOM and CIC Board member; and Alastair Parvin, Co-founder at WikiHouse Foundation.
Against the motion are Edmund Fowles, Feilden Fowles and Gillian Lambert, AOC Architecture, who will advocate the value traditional methods of design and the in-depth thought processes that architects contribute to every project.
After hearing from the speakers it will be you who has the final word, with comments encouraged from audience members and an audience vote to close the debate.
The President’s Debate is free of charge, but we would appreciate a donation to the Student Hardship Fund to help make architecture accessible to all (suggested donation £5).
You can register in advance now or just turn-up at the door (first-come basis if not pre-registered). We have a maximum capacity of 100 (which we easily achieved at the first debate), so we urge you to register to secure your place.
The debate will start at 6.30pm with drinks served from 6pm.