CPD from the RIBA

RIBA Design Review CPD

Are you looking to sit on a design review panel or develop your skills to chair a panel?

Do you want to gain an insight into how best to present your scheme at design review?


Complete a full day training session aimed at architects, planners, landscape architects and other built environment professionals. 

Dates and venues

  • Sheffield 20 November
  • London 29 November
  • Plymouth 4 December
  • Oxford 10 December

The training is based around the recently updated industry standard best practice guidance to delivering Design Review, Principles and Practice.

Outline programme

The event will provide an insight into what a design review panel is looking for from the perspective of the reviewer. It introduces the principles of design review and techniques for those who wish to sit on a design review panel, either as a panel member or as the chair. 

The event includes presentation skills and proven design review techniques. It demonstrates how to provide constructive criticism as a panel member and gives an overview of the role of Panel Chair. This includes bringing together the opinions of the panel, managing conflicts and making sure that the final report accurately reflects the panel discussions.

The event includes the ten principles of design review, covering the revised RIBA/RTPI/LI/CABE guidance and includes an understanding of the NPPF and the localism agenda. 

Learning outcomes

  • learn how design review works and how panels operate
  • learn how to be more constructive in your comments and deliver criticism and praise where needed
  • take part in a mock design review
  • learn how to assess a site and its context to help inform your comments. The day is interactive and will include, weather permitting, a visit to a local site.

Delegate feedback from the pilot

'The mock design review exercise was, for me, very useful as it showed me how to improve my skills and competences as an architect in order to deliver better design solutions.'

'Choice of speakers was excellent. Good opportunity for debate. Good to see outputs from local design review.' 

'The overall day was well presented – each part was necessary to deliver the whole picture.'


The session will be run by Barry Shaw and Ben van Bruggen. Ben and Barry are independent advisers on architecture, town planning and urban design.

Barry Shaw set up the Kent Architecture Centre in 1995 and was a key player in establishing CABE from the Royal Fine Art Commission. Barry was subsequently responsible for setting up the South East Regional Design Review Panel, in partnership with the RIBA, which followed the CABE model but adapted it for the needs of a large region. He has wide experience of design review in the UK and overseas.

Ben van Bruggen qualified as a town planner and urban designer and has 18 years of planning and urban design experience in the public sector, government agencies and private practice. He joined CABE as deputy to the Director of Design Review in 2001. Ben helped the NHS and the Home Office to set up their own internal design review panels. Ben remains active on the Home Office design review panel is currently writing the Home Office's Design Panel protocol.

Delegate fee

£95 + VAT for to site visit, refreshments, lunch, learning materials and RIBA Design Review CPD Certificate.

Booking your place

Numbers are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first book and pay basis.
Please complete the attached booking form and email it to cpdclub@riba.org. You will be contacted by the hosting office who will confirm availability and take payment. Alternatively telephone the hosting region to book your place.

Terms and conditions

  • Refunds will be made for cancellations received up to 28 working days before an event.
  • Substitutions can be accepted at any time.
  • Booking confirmation along with map/directions will be sent to you once we have received your booking form and payment.

The RIBA currently hosts two of the Design Council CABE affliated Design Review Panels with PlacesMatter! in the North West and North East Design Review and Enabling Service (NE DRES) in the North East.

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