Continuing professional development

RIBA Yorkshire CPD Local Extras Programme 2013

In addition to the Core Programme of CPD, we plan additional events locally to offer a wider range of opportunities for members to meet their CPD requirements.

If there are any subjects that are not covered by the Core Programme or Local Programme, that you are interested in, please contact|


Blow Your Own Trumpet - Communicate Effectively To Win Work

Wednesday 2 October 2013, Leeds

In the current economic climate and the competitive nature of the industry, more than ever, we need to demonstrate to clients what differentiates us from our competitors. The way you communicate via your website and social media presence are powerful tools and are the first impression that many potential clients get of you and your company. Are they working as hard as they can for you?

Once a potential client has made contact, or you've been invited to pitch for a job, are your personal communication skills good enough to win you the job ?

These two seminars will highlight how to attract the attention of potential clients through digital communication (and marketing techniques, and then how to convert this interest into a new job by using personal communication techniques to win the pitch.

  • Digital communication: make an impact with your website and make the most of social media
  • Personal communication: how to impress and win the pitch

More information|  If you are interested in attending please email us|


Keeping out of trouble: how to prevent common problems that lead to complaints


07 November 2013, 14:00 - 16:30, The Orangery, Wakefield

 Speakers on behalf of the Architects Registration Board will present advice on how to prevent common problems that lead to complaints

  • Architects Code of Conduct and Practice;
  • how to prevent complaints before they arise;
  • dealing with Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Case studies will be used to examine where architects have gone wrong in the past and how their mistakes can be avoided.

Speakers: Elaine Stowell & Simon Howard, The Architects Registration Board


RIBA Fees Calculator Workshop

21 March 2013: The Orangery, Back Lane, Wakefield WF1 2TG 

2 – 5pm (registration 1.30pm)


 The computer-based RIBA Fees Calculator, which is free for all RIBA Chartered Members, is designed to assist the smaller practice in preparing fee proposals that help their client better to understand the process and professionalism involved in the architects' service.

For many years many architects relied on showing their clients a standard RIBA fee scale graph to demonstrate the legitimacy of their percentage fee proposals. Introduced in the 1970s, these do not represent or convey the range and complexity of the present-day architect's services.

The RIBA Fees Calculator aims to ensure that architects charge appropriately for their services and are able properly to serve their clients' needs. This has been developed by the RIBA in consultation with the RIBA Small Practice group, as a beta version using MS Excel software.

At the workshop, Stephen Davy, architect, will detail all the benefits of the RIBA Fees Calculator, explain why it was introduced and more importantly tell you how to use it to optimise your practice earnings. He will show you how you can use the calculator to help clearly to demonstrate your value to your clients. We will work through a practical example, so we recommend that you bring a laptop with you to the seminar.

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Understanding Education Funding Agency (EFA) baseline design standards and how they affect the design of future schools

14 May 2013: Integreat Plus, 71-75 Columbia Place, Leadmill Road, Sheffield - 9-10:45am

The key objective of the EFA baseline design standards was to deliver a better education environment within tight cost constraints for the purposes of the Priority Schools Building Programme. In these financially challenging times, the new cost plan requires schools to cut construction cost by nearly a third compared to Building Schools for the Future programme and meet lower energy and carbon emission targets.

This breakfast seminar will summarise these new performance guides and design solutions with a focus on:

  • daylighting;
  • acoustics;
  • thermal, ventilation and comfort;
  • fire safety;
  • structures. 

Speakers: Alan Fogarty, Director Cundall; Andrew Bissell, Director Light4.

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