RIBA City CPD Club 2020 Gateshead Day 2

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City CPD Club Gateshead Day 2

We have updated the 10 mandatory RIBA CPD Core Curriculum topics in response to the skills our members need to practice architecture, now and in the future. The ten Core topics will help you maintain competence, update your knowledge, acquire new skills, future-proof yourselves and your businesses and deliver socially purposeful architecture.

The RIBA City CPD Club 2020, an innovative schedule of seminars and workshops covering the 10 mandatory topics, is designed to help you achieve your annual CPD requirements.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: policy, strategy and delivery in business

Diversity and Inclusion relies on the principle of equity, is underpinned by legislation and delivers social and business value. This interactive seminar will enhance your understanding of ED&I whilst also providing greater awareness of its legal and business case and will help you identify tools to review and update your strategy and discuss initiatives for impact.

This session will provide an introductory overview which will enable you to make a difference within the context of both small and large organisations. Providing an improved understanding of the tripartite nature - knowledge, behavior and attitude, you will be able to explore and prioritise actions and identify a pathway to measurable and sustained improvement. In detail, this seminar will discuss:

  • UK Equalities legislation; the implication for individuals and businesses

  • Business value and wider benefits

  • Inclusive leadership

  • Assessing your context

  • Unconscious Bias

  • Formulating a strategy

  • Policies

  • Difficult conversations and workplace culture

Speaker: Teri Okoro, TOCA
Dr Teri Okoro is director of TOCA, a design and project management consultancy. Dual qualified as an architect and chartered project professional, she is a fellow of both RIBA and APM, the Chartered Body for the Project Profession. Teri sits on the Diversity and Inclusion Panel of the Construction Industry Council and has over twenty years’ experience of leading on diversity and inclusion in practice and strategically at board level. An inclusion influencer and strategic change advocate, she authored APM’s thought leadership paper on diversity and inclusion as well as writing and presenting extensively in the UK and internationally.

Core Curriculum topics

1. Architecture for social purpose
2. Business, clients and services
3. Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

Embedding sustainability into the RIBA Plan of Work

This seminar will provide guidance on how to develop and manage sustainability strategies for construction projects, using the RIBA Plan of Work, from inception to operation. The approach to setting sustainability objectives, with a focus on outcomes, will be applicable to both new build and refurbishment projects. Reference will be made to the recent review of the RIBA Plan of Work to show how architects and other professionals can establish project sustainability goals, implement a sustainability strategy, review the handover process and monitor intended outcomes. Examples will be given for evaluating energy/carbon targets, climatic design, resilience, water/waste management, material sourcing and wellbeing factors.

This session will be delivered by a member of the RIBA Sustainable Futures Group that has been working on the integration of sustainability into the Plan of Work and will include case studies and an interactive session. Whole life evaluation of projects will be considered and the training will be relevant to projects and developments of various sizes.

Speaker: Gary Clarke, Wilkinson Eyre

Gary is head of sustainability at the architectural practice, Wilkinson Eyre. He has worked on a wide range of projects leading teams in sustainable design and assessment of environmental outcomes. He chairs the RIBA Sustainable Futures Group and recently chaired the BSRIA Soft Landings Group. His teaching roles have included lecturer in architecture and environmental design at Robert Gordon’s University Aberdeen, lecturer in architecture and sustainable design at University of Edinburgh and acting as research associate at Herriot Watt University Edinburgh.

Core Curriculum topics

1. Sustainable architecture
2. Design, construction and technology
3. Business, clients and services

Business resilience: managing a business in uncertain times

A successful firm of architects needs to balance the delivery of high-quality architecture with the careful management of the business. In times of uncertainty, the fast pace of modern practice can sometimes make it difficult to see the big picture and consider future opportunities and threats.

This seminar will provide you with helpful and practical tips on running a successful practice and is targeted at both experienced and less experienced practitioners.

Whether the practice wishes to grow, move into new sectors, or simply maintain its current operation, this interactive session will explain why a plan is important, covering the following:

Internally focused concerns: operational factors

  • Your business and future aspirations

  • Understanding your strengths and the possible threats

  • Impact on working capital and cash flow at times of growth and recession

  • Using practice data to maximise profit

  • Your business plan, implementation and monitoring

  • Your office team, using unique skills

  • Planning for uncertainty, considering resilience

Externally targeted issues:

  • Understanding your markets and trends, maintaining a competitive edge

  • New sectors, diversification of service, opportunities and risks

  • Increasing your profile, targeting changes in perception

  • Getting the message out there and using social media

Implementing and monitoring the plan

  • This CPD will focus on “How you can achieve your targets and build in resilience”, using case studies with an interactive exercise and helpful tips

Speaker: Peter Farrall, University of Liverpool
Peter is an architect with 25 years’ experience as a partner at a small multidisciplinary firm of architects and quantity surveyors, Design Group Chester (DGC). In 2015, he became a full-time member of the academic staff at Liverpool University School of Architecture, where he is responsible for delivering practice management lectures and running the fourth year of the MArch programme. Prior to joining DGC, Peter worked for a number of larger practices in the North West. He is closely involved with the RIBA, President Emeritus of the Liverpool Architectural Society, and has served on the National Council.

Core Curriculum topics

1. Business, clients and services
2. Procurement and contracts
3. Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

Other booking options

For more information on these or other topics included in the RIBA City CPD Club 2019 programme, please see programme page or booklet.

Core/City (PAYG) 

  • Cancellations are acceptable in writing up to 10 working days of the event, please contact regional officefor cancellation requests

  • Substitutes are permitted at any time*, please contact regional office for substitution requests

  • If the RIBA has to postpone or cancel the event the booker is entitled to a full refund of the ticket price only, no compensation will be given for travel costs

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