No. 617

Winners of 2011 RIBA President's Awards for Research announced  

RIBA Future Trends Survey Results for September

Opportunities for growth the priority for new Green Construction Board

Guerrilla Tactics - 9 and 10 November 2011 

Future Leaders Alumni – 9 November 2011- Networking To Generate Business

Chartered Practice Newsletter – Autumn 2011

Events supported by Practice Department

Winners of 2011 RIBA President's Awards for Research announced

The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced the winners of the 2011 RIBA President's Awards for Research which reward and encourage outstanding research in architecture.

This year, the RIBA President's Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis was awarded to Milinda Pathiraja of the University of Melbourne; Tatjana Schneider and Jeremy Till from the Universities of Sheffield and Westminster were awarded the RIBA President's Award for Outstanding University-located Research; and the RIBA President's Award for Outstanding Professional Practice-located Research was awarded to Joanne Denison and Chris Halligan from Stephen George & Partners.

For further details, please see the press release. 

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RIBA Future Trends Survey Results for September

In September 2011 the RIBA Future Trends Workload Index was -10, down from +2 in August. The RIBA Future Trends Staffing Index also fell, down from -3 in August 2011 to -7. Fifteen per cent of practices expected staff levels to drop, although the number expecting an increase rose slightly. Large practices – those with more than 51 staff – are more inclined to feel able to increase permanent staffing levels over the next quarter than small and medium-sized practices. The number of architects reporting that they personally had been underemployed during the last month increased.

Commenting on the latest figures Adrian Dobson, RIBA Director of Practice, said:

'The September results for the Future Trends Survey show that confidence about overall future workloads in the next quarter for UK architects remains fragile, but some of the anecdotal evidence submitted to the RIBA Future Trends Survey suggests that key niche markets including high-end bespoke housing, conservation works and certain healthcare sectors remain very resilient and some large practices continue to report renewed activity in the commercial sector. If UK economic production continues to stagnate, the Government may introduce some fiscal stimulus in 2012, which may include bringing forward some infrastructure capital spending. This could open up opportunities, for example, for practices with expertise in the transport and energy sectors.

A number of practices have reported that they have an urgent need to recruit candidates who are experienced in the application of BIM technologies, and this is clearly an important skill in a tight employment market.'

To participate in the RIBA Future Trends Survey, contact the RIBA Practice Department on +44 (0)20 7307 3749 or email practice@riba.org. The survey takes approximately five minutes to complete each month and all returns are independently processed in strict confidence by the RIBA's partner, the Fees Bureau. More information on the survey results.

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Opportunities for growth the priority for new Green Construction Board

Grasping the opportunities for growth presented by a sustainable construction and property sector will be the main priority for the new Green Construction Board, which held its first meeting on 24 October 2011. The board, which is co-chaired by Business Minister Mark Prisk and Chief Executive of Lend Lease (EMEA) Dan Labbad, will be focused on taking a unified approach to the problems facing the industry and setting out an action plan to combat them. More information...

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Guerrilla Tactics - 9 and 10 November 2011

Coming up on 9 and 10 November is Guerrilla Tactics, the RIBA's annual CPD day and business development conference. Held at the Institute's HQ, 66 Portland Place, London, Guerrilla Tactics provides architects with a great opportunity to attend quality core CPD seminars and brush up on their business and marketing skills. To see the full programme and to book tickets, see Guerrilla Tactics 2011.

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Future Leaders Alumni – 9 November 2011- Networking To Generate Business

Only two weeks left to book this 3-hour workshop which will illustrate the professional and personal benefits of networking inside and outside the company and will cover topics such as: why networking is essential; the importance of building an internal and external company network; feeling comfortable 'working the room' and planning a networking strategy.

More information...

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Chartered Practice Newsletter - Autumn 2011

The Autumn newsletter for RIBA Chartered Practices is now available. This edition focuses on aspects of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and provides a range of opinions and analyses of this important subject. Also included are updates on CDP Core Curriculum and RIBA Conferences 2011. 

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Events supported by Practice Department

RIBA South/South East presents What is the case for adopting BIM?, a half-day event on Building Information Modelling (BIM). Tuesday, 22 November, 2011. 1.45 – 5.45pm, Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront. 

For full details and to book, email adam.turner@riba.org

A New Era – An Introduction to BIM
12 December 2011, BRE Watford

This one day course will give you an objective and realistic understanding of the benefits that can be gained by employing Building Information Modelling (BIM) in construction. It will explain what BIM really is in relation to CAD and other approaches, the need for interdisciplinary collaboration and introduce the way in which systems operate in order to achieve these benefits. It will cover issues of interoperability of systems, legal issues, standards and guidance.

Examples from overseas will briefly be discussed in terms of lessons to be learned. This course will be of value to those who wish to learn about the real benefits beyond the simply graphical and visual aspects of BIM that are often concentrated upon.

RIBA members get a 20% discount if they use the discount code BIM20 when booking online.
For more information and to reserve a place visit the BREEAM website.

UK-GBC Event: Green Deal Consultation Full-Day Workshop
The UK-GBC Green Deal Full-Day Workshop, the second event in the UK-GBC Green Deal Series, is timed to coincide with the Government's consultation on the Green Deal and ECO.

Wednesday 30 November:

  • 8.30am - registration
  • 9.30am - start
  • 4.30pm - finish.

Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford Street, London SE1 9NH                      Cost: £50 UK-GBC Members/£100 Non-Members (includes refreshments and lunch).

  • Keynote address from Greg Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change
  • Extended Q&A session with senior DECC officials - Tracy Vegro, David Purdy and Dan Monzani
  • Responses to Green Deal proposal from leading industry figures
  • Three detailed interactive workshops on Green Deal assessments, instalments and finance
  • 'Communicating the Green Deal' presentation
  • Case studies from organisations preparing for the Green Deal 

Book your place


Future Cities is one of the potential candidate areas for a Technology and Innovation Centre. The Technology Strategy Board is exploring whether or not establishing a TIC is the best strategy for supporting this area, and if so building the business case for establishing one. Full details.

To this end the Modern Built Environment KTN and the Technology Strategy Board are running two consultation workshops to explore the challenges and opportunities in Future Cities and developing a business case for a TIC. Workshops will take place in Bristol on 3 November and Manchester on 14 November.

Register here for the workshop.

Restoration 2011 - Yorkshire's Heritage at Risk - challenges and opportunities
This conference will explore the challenge of repairing and bringing back into sustainable
re-use Yorkshire's derelict historic buildings. It will focus on funding and include speakers from funding organisations and inspirational case studies from those projects that have unlocked the funding keys and include workshops on the producing Feasibility Studies and Options Appraisals to secure that funding.

Thursday 24 November 2011, 10am - 4pm, Hospitium, Museum Gardens York
Cost: RIBA members £65.00

Contact: Keith Knight Convenor RIBA Yorkshire Conservation Group
Bookings through Chris Wilson Tel: 01904 540920, cwilson@tailormadeconferences.co.uk.