The West Midlands is a diverse and vibrant region. It sits at the heart of England and covers an area of 12,998 square km, over 80% of which is rural. It covers the counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire as well as the metropolitan boroughs.
The region includes the second largest urban area in the country, covering Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country, as well as some of the most remote countryside in areas like the Welsh Marches.
The West Midlands is famous as the birthplace of the industrial revolution and historically, employment in the West Midlands was dominated by manufacturing, including such famous brands as Rover, Jaguar, Wedgewood, JCB and Cadburys.
The West Midlands has a diverse professional population of around 1,400 architects in 400 practices which provide a rich and dynamic resource for the community.
RIBA West Midlands is committed to delivering services to RIBA members to enable them to work effectively as professionals, and to promote architecture, good design, and public interest in the built environment.
We do this through:
- The promotion of the RIBA Awards for architecture which give public recognition to examples of outstanding design.
- The publication of our monthly email bulletin.
- Our annual CPD programme, which from 2010 we have run in conjunction with RIBA East Midlands.
- Our series of member based working groups which work with the regional forum.
- The network of seven branches across the region, which provide a comprehensive range of exhibitions and presentations open to members and the public, with an impressive range of international speakers and home grown talent to inspire and inform.
To find out more about RIBA West Midlands join us at:
www.birminghamarchitecture.co.uk and www.linkedin.com