Events and Projects

Events and projects

RIBA Yorkshire organises a number of events and projects that promote architecture and the quality of design in the region, and encourage public participation.

Through a series of events, exhibitions and competitions the RIBA Yorkshire team works with RIBA members, partners and a broad range of audiences to respond to current issues, while creating new opportunities for RIBA members to participate and come together. We also engage with members of the public with events and activities which celebrate architecture.


HS2 Debate - The Fast Train South is a Strain Not a Gain

Over 200 professionals from across Yorkshire and Humber attended a unique HS2 debate in Leeds on Thursday 27 June, where they voiced their opinions and concerns on the controversial proposed HS2 high speed rail route from Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester.

Held at The Rose Bowl, HS2 Debate - The fast train south is a strain not a gain was chaired by Alan Whitehouse, BBC Look North's former Transport Correspondent.

It was hosted by the Presidents from five leading professional bodies in the built environment field, including RIBA, RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors), RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute), LI (Landscape Institute) and ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers).

Four guest speakers put thought provoking cases forward, with two speaking in favour of the high speed rail route, whilst the other two spoke against HS2.

In the lively debate that followed the main speakers, questions ranged from how the money could otherwise be spent; the credibility of the government to deliver large-scale projects; the desperate need for investment in the north to be more equal to that in London and SE; did the claims that were made for HS1 (the Channel Tunnel link) during the planning stage now stand up to scrutiny and many more.

It is interesting to note how the debate influenced the audience. Bearing in mind that voting for the motion was a vote against HS2, the figures were:

                 Before debate        After debate

For                    71                      70

Against              71                      68

Abstentions        19                      21


While this may appear on the surface inconclusive, it is worth noting that there has been very little debate about this significant project outside parliament and where it has taken place this has been solely within the confines of committees and technical study groups. This was a major public professional hearing of the issues.


Love Architecture Festival 2013

21 - 30 June Nationwide

The Yorkshire Region held over 50 events for the Love Architecture Festival between 21 and 30 June.

The Regional launch of Love Architecture Festival was at the opening of the newly re-furbished City Screen, York by Panter Hudspith, with a screening of The Fountainhead and an exhibition of contemporary York architecture from the York Architectural Association. 200 people enjoyed the reception, talk, exhibition and film.

For Lego enthusiasts, and let us be honest who isn't one, the Sheffield Society of Architects held a 'Challenge an Architect' Lego building competition in the Lego shop in Meadowhall, Sheffield.

Leeds City Art Gallery and Aedas partnered and held a Family Activity Day, as did DLA Architects and The Hepworth, Wakefield. 

On a sunny day, architects and families congregated on Whitby beach for the infamous 'Whitby Sandcastle Challenge'. Most Ambitious, Tallest Structure, Peoples Choice and Best Architects Team were all prize categories.


Pushing Boundaries, Yorkshire. Phil Coffey, Coffey Architects

Celebrating innovation and creativity in the fields of architecture and design, the Pushing Boundaries series aims to bring to Yorkshire individuals who are helping to shape the future of architecture and the world around us.

RIBA Yorkshire were delighted to host a talk by BD Young Architect of the Year 2012 Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects. Phil discussed the practice’s approach and working methods and showcased some of their inspiring and beautiful projects which include:

  • AD++ House, York – RIBA Regional Award, Yorkshire 2012
  • BFI Reuben Library, London - BD Small Project of the Year 2012
  • St Patricks School Library & Music Room, London - RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2011

To learn of his work and motivation was fascinating, especially when delivered in such an inspiring, engaging and often amusing manner.




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