Continuing professional development

Core CPD Programme 2013

The RIBA's national programme of CPD comprises ten practical seminars covering subjects in all ten RIBA Core Curriculum areas. RIBA CPD Programme seminars are current, relevant and cost effective, providing you with an opportunity to build your professional competence

In the Eastern Region events will take place in Cambridge. Events will run on Thursday afternoons, from 2 - 4.30pm.

We hope this flexible approach will give you more opportunity to build your professional competence and develop your personal skills.

The 2013 CPD brochure is available for download:


2013 Core CPD Programme


Procurement and contracts: Design liability and contracts 

Thursday 24 January

The seminar will cover the following: forms of procurement and role of the architect; forms of contract (JCT and NEC) - comparisons and when to use; design liability under the different contractural arrangements; contractor and sub-contractor design; administration of contracts, inspections, quality monitoring, certification, practical completion, collaboration, team working and implications of BIM

Speaker: Sarah Lupton, Partner of Lupton Stellakis Architects


Climate: Building physics and retrofit design

Thursday 21 February

This seminar will explore how the principles of building physics should inform design decisions in retrofit projects. The consequences - and potential pitfalls - of particular design strategies will be discussed and a number of short exercises will help attendees develop an understanding of the often complex issues involved.

Speakers: Frances Bradshaw, Partner, Anne Thorne Architects; Robert Prewett, Partner, Prewett Bizley Architects



Compliance: Party Wall etc ACT 1996 - Understanding legislation affecting architects in everyday practice 

Thursday 18 April

This seminar for architects and associated professionals will outline the provisions of the legislation under the Party Wall Act 1996, give information on the interpretation of the Act and discuss the architects' responsibilities and duties when acting as a party wall surveyor.

Speaker: Nicol Stuart Morrow, Dip Arch ARIBA



Where people live: Tools for engaging communities in the design process

Thursday 16 May

Community involvement and leadership in the design and planning process are playing an increasingly fundamental role, and now, more than ever before, architects must consider how they can work more collaboratively with communities. This seminar will look at the value of community engagement in the design of the built environment and offer a how-to-guide that professionals can use to work collaboratively in the design process.

Speakers: Sophia de Sousa FRSA, AoU, Chief Executive; Maja Luna Jorgensen, Strategic Projects Manager, The Glass-House Community Led Design



Being safe: CDM for architects - practice procedures and competence

Thursday 20 June

This seminar is aimed at providing architects with a clear, unambiguous method of both addressing their staturory duties under CDM 2007 with the practice and embracing the opportunities to contribute to health and safety through design.

Speaker: Owen Griffiths, Total CDM Solutions Ltd



Internal managment: Business planning and marketing for architects

Thursday 18 July

If you are running an architectural practice you need to think like an entrepreneur and take control of your business. To be successful it helps to have a clear development strategy, while a written business plan makes decision-making easier. This interactive workshop will include practical exercises which lead to a structure for winning new work.

Speaker: Lucy Mori, K L Mori Business Consulting



Access for all: Designing inclusive, accessible buildings and spaces

Thursday 12 September

This seminar will show how recent changes in regulations, standards and legislation can inform the design process to assist the architect in creating buildings that are accessible and inclusive for all. It will demonstrate how legislation, regulation and guidance can be used to support the design process in creating places and spaces that are accessible and enjoyable for everyone - without stifling design freedom or creativity.

Speaker: Prof Keith Bright, Director of Keith Bright Consultants Ltd



Designing and building it: Passivhaus myths and realities - a 'get you started' active workshop for architects and designers

Thursday 17 October

This seminar will describe the Passivhaus fundamentals including the importance of good building design allied to comfort levels. It will explain the pre-requisites, whilst busting myths such as suitability to climate change, issues with ventilation and whether Passivhaus buildings should always face south. The speaker will also detail the steps to succeed with Passivhaus in the UK and illustrate the things that don't work so well.



External management: Professional liability and risk management

Thursday 7 November

Following a short refresher on the principles of modern professional liability, the programme is devoted to applications of the principles to specific areas of architectureal practice. The emphasis is on proactive risk management and dispute avoidance through identification and analysis of potential problem areas.

Speaker: Professor Anthony Lavers, LLB MPhil PhD DLitt FRICS Barrister, Counsel in the Construction and Engineering Group at White & Case.



Context: Understanding historic buildings - refurbishment and building performance

Thursday 21 November

Much refurbishment practice is predicted on modelled assumptions of building performance but how appropriate are these assumptions with regard to older, solid wall properties that make up much of our historic building stock? Using measuring data from a variety of historic building refurbishment projects, this seminar will look at performance both before and after refurbishment as a means to judge both the risks and opportunities associated with retrofitting older buildings to improve their energy efficiency.

Speaker: Dr Caroline Rye, ArchiMetrics Ltd




SmartLIFE Low Carbon Centre

Kings Hedges Road





You can book for any of the events online by following the below links to log in as a member or guest:

Once logged in (you may need to register first) click on Events booking on the left hand menu. On this page, click on CPD to bring up the list of CPD events. Tick the ones you want to book and click on the Book button at the bottom of the page. Then follow the instructions to confirm your booking and pay by credit card. You will then receive an email confirmation.

More details of the event and directions to the venue will be emailed out the week before the seminar.

Alternatively, download the relevant booking form and post it along with your cheque to:

Jayne Ransom, RIBA East, The Studio, High Green, Great Shelford, Cambridge CB22 5EG 

A minimum of ten working days' notice should be given for any cancellations. Substitutions are permitted at any time.

If you have any queries, please call Jayne Ransom on 01223 566285 or email



CPD Club members: one place per ticket

RIBA/CIAT Members: £55 + VAT

RIBA Student Members: £15 + VAT

Others: £80 + VAT

The CPD Club brings down the cost of attending the events and offers additional benefits. For more information on the CPD Club go to the CPD Club page or email  


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