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RIBA and the British Plastics Federation launch national academic lecture series on Smart Materials


13 January 2011

Press office contact:

Mina Vadon
T: +44 (0)207 307 3761
E: mina.vadon@riba.org

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has partnered with the British Plastics Federation (BPF) to deliver a lecture series on Smart Materials across ten UK schools of architecture during 2011.

The British Plastics Federation (BPF), the trade association for the UK plastics industry, is the principal sponsor of the RIBA Smart Materials Lecture series, which will follow a half-day symposium format, comprising lectures by different speakers. Following the success of the RIBA climate change lecture series, which was also delivered across schools of architecture in the UK, the Smart Materials lectures intend to contribute to a sophisticated debate about their importance and usage in construction.

The RIBA has commissioned Bob Sheil, Director of Technology and Computing at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), to deliver a lecture on the theme across the ten schools of architecture, with other lecturers in the field chosen by each university.  

Speaking today, David Gloster, Director of Education at the RIBA, said

'We are delighted to have the support of the British Plastics Federation to deliver a series of lectures on a topic that we think is extremely relevant for the architectural curriculum. Smart materials have provided significant recent developments in design and construction, and the RIBA intends to be at the forefront of research and practical applications of new technologies.'

Peter Davis, Director General of the British Plastics Federation, welcomed the initiative by saying,

'Smart materials, including plastics, can play a significant role in the construction industry with their potential to mitigate the effects of global warming. We are delighted to be able to discuss this and other key issues with architectural students and academics.'

The first lecture takes place at De Montfort University on 21 January 2011.

Notes to editors

1. For further press information, journalists please contact Mina Vadon in the RIBA Press Office on 020 7307 3761 or email mina.vadon@inst.riba.org

2. The British Plastics Federation (BPF) is the leading trade association representing the United Kingdom’s plastics industry. Founded in 1933, it is the oldest plastics federation in the world. Its membership covers raw material and machinery manufacturers together with manufacturers of semi-finished and finished plastics products, recyclers and service providers to the sector.

3. The following lectures have been confirmed:

  • 9 February 2011: Sheffield University
  • 11 February 2011: Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
  • 16 March 2011: Birmingham City University
  • 28 October 2011: University of Westminster 


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