About the region

RIBA Yorkshire Housing Group

The RIBA Yorkshire Housing Group is not currently active as we await the RIBA Future Homes Commission report which is due in October 2012.

The Housing Group exists to:

Bring back design quality into a central role in mass housing design. 

Engage allied organisations in the delivery of housing.

Demonstrate the advantages that chartered architects can bring to:

  • place making skills
  • creation of sustainable communities
  • inclusion and Accessibility issues in a changing population
  • maximising the value of good design
  • resolution of the conflict of the myriad of guidance

Emma England, RIBA Yorkshire
John Orrell, DLA
Robin Parker, NPS
Nick Brown, Architecture 2B
Ian Collins, COG Architecture
Robin Machell - West & Machell
Helen Forman - HCA 
Sonia Wetham - Accent
Trudie McCormick - Southdale
Andrew Weaver - Strata Homes
Eric Appleton - HY Consulting

RIBA Yorkshire - 0113 389 9870
email: riba.yorkshire@riba.org  

The Riba Yorkshire, Domestic Bliss conference was held on 14 September 2010 in Leeds. The conference provided a unique opportunity for architects and professionals from other disciplines to come together and debate current practices and the future of housing design and construction in the formative years of the 21st century and in light of the recent economic downturn. The tone of the conference was upbeat and optimistic about the future for housing design and construction with a strong emphasis on the increasingly important sustainable requirements for housing. This was in spite of the recent hard times endured by all in the construction industry and the reality that the combination of recession, deficit and new coalition government means that the business environment is irreversibly altered from the pre-recession construction boom. Both the speakers and members of the audience raise a range of timely and often poignant issues during the debate.

Please see below for the full summary of the day.


Inclusion Group 

The RIBA Yorkshire Inclusive Design Group exists to:

Raise awareness of the case law, current and impending legislative requirements to the architects within the region. 

Equip architects to undertake inclusive design by advising on the best practice guidance available.

Educate architects on inclusive design; raising understanding, awareness and implementation of inclusive design by:

  • Provision of CPD
  • Breakfast update seminars
  • An inclusive design forum
  • Articles and advice notes 

Jane Simpson - Jane Simpson Access

tel: 01484 413000 / 537407
web: www.janesimpsonaccess.com

Yorkshire Conservation Group

The RIBA Yorkshire Conservation Group exists to:

  • Promote best practice in architectural conservation.
  • Encourage the development of specialist knowledge through training, CPD, events and visits.
  • Facilitate networking between members and with other conservation bodies.

Keith Knight - Dean Knight Partnership


tel: 01904 658482
email: kk@deanknight.co.uk

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