Continuing professional development

Core CPD Programme 2014

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 both Cambridge and Chelmsford. Events will run on Thursday afternoons, from 2.00 - 4.30pm.

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

The 2014 CPD brochure is available for download:


2014 Core CPD Programme


Clear communication: how to get your message across

Thursday 23 January - Cambridge

Thursday 10 July - Chelmsford

Clear, concise, user-friendly communication is vital to successful business and project outcomes. Never more so when the going gets tough and people are not seeing eye to eye. Whether you are talking to clients, contractors, other consultants, the wider design team or planners, when lack of clarity raises its head and the heat gets turned up, you need a powerful set of transformative skills to get the conversation back on track to achieve the results you need.

Speaker: Richard Fallon, Partner, Communicate Now


Leading the team with the RIBA Plan of Work 2013

Thursday 20 February - Cambridge

Thursday 8 May - Chelmsford

This seminar will describe how the Plan facilitates greater consideration of these themes. It will set out how to effectively generate and use practice or project documents for different types and sizes of projects and will demonstrate how the tools developed in parallel can be harnessed to make your projects more efficient.

Speaker: Dale Sinclair BArch MArch RIBA RIAS, Director, Dyer


Managing Client expectations: the architect's liability and the management of risk 

Thursday 3 April - Cambridge

Thursday 2 October - Chelmsford

This seminar will address the challenge of meeting clients' expectations and the mechanisms through which the architect is able to manage their liability. It will explore the obligations and rights of the architect and the client as defined within the terms of engagement.

Speaker: Dyfed Griffiths RIBA BSc(Hons)Arch, Dipl.Arch(Birm), University of Bath


Sustainable Design + low carbon technologies = what do architects need to know?

Thursday 1 May - Cambridge

Thursday 23 October - Chelmsford

Why do some renewables not perform as well as they should? Why is biomass often a bad idea and why don't most renewables make sense unless in a building with a highly-performing fabric? Why can incentives such as Feed in Tarriffs (FIT) act as perverse incentives? Why is energy efficiency 'the first renewable' and why should we not waste even 'clean' energy?

This seminar, applied to the architect's day-to-day practice, will discuss the above questions, dispel myths and look at the fundamental issues in relation to the specifying of low carbon and renewable technologies as part of a sustainable design strategy.

Speaker: Sofie Pelsmakers DipArch MScArch MRes ARB RIBA, Architecture for Change (AfC) and doctoral researcher, UCL Energy Institute.


Changes and challenges for Building Regulations

Thursday 19 June - Cambridge

Thursday 4 September - Chelmsford

This seminar will look at providing architects, contractors and consultants with a detailed understanding of how the Building Regulations are changing and the effects of the revised energy efficiency requirements.

Speaker: Stephen Barnshaw, Head of Technical Services, jhai


Asbestos and other nasty surprises

Thursday 17 July - Cambridge

Thursday 27 November - Chelmsford

Even the best designed project can come 'unstuck' by the discovery of asbestos, damp rot or other nasty surprises. In this seminar, learn how to avoid disruption to your project and stay safe - plus how to minimise expensive liabilities should it all go wrong.

Speakers: Emma Davies, Regulatory Senior Associate, Manches LLP; Edward Colclough, Construction Associate, Manches LLP


Design intent to reality: closing the building performance gap

Thursday 11 September - Cambridge

Thursday 27 February - Chelmsford

This seminar will explore how a building is commissioned, designed, operated and experienced by its occupants and ulitmately will outline actions for securing better building performance in reality - for the client, its occupants and in terms of energy performance. The speaker will look at the role of the Soft Landings Framework for achieving better briefing, design, handover and building performance in use, and also cover approaches to conducting building performance evaluation, monitoring and feedback. Finally, this session will consider the concept of 'new professionalism' and what all this really means for architects.

Speakers: Adrian Leaman and Bill Bordass, The Usable Buildings Trust (UBT)


CDM Regulations: tools and expert advice for architects and designers

Thursday 16 October - Cambridge

Thursday 20 March - Chelmsford

As an architect or designer, are you asked to go beyond your role with regard to the inclusion of health, safety and buildability into your projects? Are you required to complete large risk assessment databases covering all risks for clients and CDM-C's which have no apparent purpose or relevance to practicing architects of contractors or the project? Does the CDM-C on your project simply request your risk assessments and then tells you that they are unacceptable because you have only put control measures and not eliminated hazards and risks at source?

This seminar, which explores these dilemmas largely created by our own industry, but also a result of the legal profession's requirement for paperwork to prevent civil or criminal prosecutions, will geive delegates added confidence and the tools to provide proportionate and practicable CDM information.

Speaker: Paul Bussey RIBA RMaPS MIFireE, Associate Technical Consulting, Scott Brownrigg


Accessible housing: what makes good practice?

Thursday 6 November - Cambridge

Thursday 12 June - Chelmsford

Britain has finally woken up to the fact that, like many other parts of the world, we have an ageing population. Due largely to medical advances, better diet and living conditions, and changing attitudes to disability and ageing, we are working and living longer. This session will take a fresh look at why accessibility is such an important issue and the key role that designers play in ensuring that new homes are fit for purpose, now and over the long term.

Speaker: Julia Park BSc BArch, Head of Housing Research, Levitt Bernstein


Integrating building services in historic buildings: developing harmony or creating contradiction

Thursday 4 December - Cambridge

Thursday 30 January - Chelmsford

This seminar will describe how to approach the integration of modern building facilities and services in historic buildings. It will analyse the possible strategies and constraints that apply, highlighting what is important whilst considering major factors such as artefacts, buildings and people.

Speaker: Alex Baines CEPH, BREEAM AP, GradEl, Head of Sustainability and Building Physics, CBG Consultants



SmartLIFE Low Carbon Centre
Kings Hedges Road

Michael Ashcroft Building
Anglia Ruskin University
Bishop Hall Lane
CM1 1SQ 


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 call RIBA East on 01223 566285 to book by credit card over the phone or 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: £59 + VAT

RIBA Student Members: £15 + VAT

Others: £85 + 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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