Continuing Professional Development

CPD Programme 2013

Following on from the success of the 2012 Core CPD program, the Core CPD program for 2013 has been developed. There are ten different seminars covering subjects in all ten RIBA Core Curriculum areas. They are repeated in 13 different venues across England and Wales. All are welcome and you can attend any of the seminars throughout the year at any of the venues and pay as you book.

In Wales the seminars will take place at Cardiff Metropolitan University, School of Management Building, Llandaff Campus, Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB.

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

Information on the 2013 Core CPD program can be found below.

2013 Programme

14 February -  Design Liability and Contracts

Attending this seminar will provide you with indepth coverage of the following:

Forms of procurement and role of the architect; forms of contract (JCT and NEC)- comparisons and when to use; design liability under the different contractual arrangements; contractor and sub-contractor design; administration of contracts, inspections, quality monitoring, certification, practical completion, collaboration, team working and implications of BIM.

CPD Core Curriculum Topic: Procurement & contracts
Speaker: Sarah Lupton, Partner of Lupton Stellakis Architects

21 March - Designing Inclusive, accessible buildings and spaces

Attending this seminar will provide you with knowledge of how recent changes in regulations, standards and legislation can inform the design process to assist the architect in creating buildings that are accessible and inclusive for all. Areas covered will include: the Equality Act 2010 and changes to the Building Regulations Parts K, M and N affecting accessibility (coming into effect in 2013). Using flow charts and examples, this seminar will demonstrate how legislation, regulation and guidance can be used to support the design process in creating places and spaces that are accessible and enjoyable for everyone- without stifling design freedom or creativity.

CPD Core Curriculum Topic: Access for All
Speaker: Prof. Keith Bright, Director of Keith Bright Consultants Ltd

17 April - Professional Liability and Risk Management

Following a short refresher on the principles of modern professional liability, the program is devoted to the applications of the principles to specific areas of architectural practice, covering: use of letters of intent and the giving of advice on forms of contract and procurement strategies; design liability under traditional employer design and design and build models; liability to client and to third parties by collateral warranty and under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act; liability for contract administration, including certification responsibility and dispute resolution. The emphasis is on a proactive risk management and dispute avoidance through identification and analysis of potential problem areas is provided.

CPD Core Curriculum Topic: External Management
Speaker: Prof. Anthony Lavers LL.B M.Phil PhD D.Litt FRICS Barrister, Counsel in the Construction and Engineering Group at White & Case

9 May - Business Planning and marketing for architects

If you are running an architectural practice, you need to think like an entrepreneur and take control of your business. To be successful, it helps to have a clear development strategy. A written business plan makes decision-making easier. This interactive workshop will cover the following: analysis of your existing practice; how to react to a competitive environment; marketing objectives; financial objectives; the importance of understanding and using your Unique Selling Point; a structured approach to business development. Throughout the session you will be working on practical exercises which lead to a structure for winning new work.

CPD Core Curriculum Topic: Internal management
Speaker: Lucy Mori, K L Mori Business Consulting

12 June - CDM for Architects- practice procedures and competence

This seminar is aimed at providing architects with a clear, unambiguous method of both addressing their statutory duties under CDM 2007 within the practice, and embracing the opportunities to contribute to health and safety through design. The session will also ask how far architects need to go in reducing risk and eliminating hazards, given the other considerations an architect needs to manage, such as planning, aesthetics, budgets etc. Finally you will discuss the latest status on the proposed new CDM Regulations which may be introduced as soon as 2014!

CPD Core Curriculum Topic: Being safe
Speaker: Owen Griffiths, Total CDM Solutions

10 July - Tools for engaging communities in the design process

Community involvement and leadership in the design and planning process are playing an increasingly fundamental role, and now, more than ever before, architects must consider how they can work more collaboratively with communities. Local people, if involved effectively, can be a valuable resource and can make a real difference to the process, costs and outcomes of built environment projects. This seminar will look at the value of community engagement in the design of the built environment and offer a how-to-guide that professionals can use to work collaboratively in the design process.

CPD Core Curriculum Topic: Where people live
Speakers: Sophia de Sousa FRSA, AoU, Chief Executive, The Glass House Community Led Design/ Maja Luna Jorgensen, Strategic Projects Manager, The Glass House Community Led Design 

5 September - Passivhaus myths and realities- a 'get you started' active workshop for architects and designers



This seminar will describe the Passivhaus fundamentals including the importance of good building design to achieve that high level of comfort, with particular reference to examples in Wales. It will explain the pre-requisites, while busting myths such as suitability to climate change, issues with ventilation (can Passivhaus have opening windows?) and whether Passivhaus buildings should always face South. The speaker will also detail the steps to succeed with Passivhaus in the UK and illustrate the things that don't work so well, such as the additional costs incurred when trying to achieve airtightness after construction, dealing with extensive glass surfaces requiring external shading or facing complex designs.  

CPD Core Curriculum Topic: Designing & building it
Speaker: Peter Warm, Chartered Energy Conservation Engineer

9 October - Understanding historic buildings- refurbishment and building performance

Much refurbishment practice is predicted on modeled assumptions of building performance. However, how appropriate are these assumptions with regard to older, solid wall properties that make up much of our historic building stock? Using measured data gathered from a variety of historic building refurbishment projects, this seminar will look at performance both before and after refurbishment as a means to judge both the risks and opportunities associated with retrofitting older buildings to improve their energy efficiency.  

CPD Core Curriculum Topic: Context
Speaker: Dr Caroline Rye, ArchiMetrics Ltd 

20 November - Party Wall etc ACT 1996- Understanding legislation affecting architects in everyday practice

This seminar will outline the provisions of the legislation under the Party Wall etc Act 1996, give information on the interpretation of the Act and discuss the architects' responsibilities and duties when acting as a party wall surveyor. It will cover: overview of the Party Wall etc Act 1996; detailed examination and discussion of sections 1,2,6 and 10 (including delegate involvement, questions and explanations); an example project including serving appropriate Notices and making and Award. This session will require delegates' active participation.

CPD Core Curriculum Topic: Compliance
Speaker: Nicol Stuart Morrow Dip Arch ARIBA

4 December - Building physics and retrofit design

This seminar will explore how the principles of building physics should inform design decisions in retrofit projects. Presentations, with examples drawn from real projects, will address: carbon, energy consumption and measurement; energy movement and thermal transfer; airtightness and thermal bridging; ventilation, moisture and human comfort. The consequences- and potential pitfalls- of particular design strategies will be discussed. A number of short exercises will help attendees develop an understanding of the often complex issues involved.  

CPD Core Curriculum Topic:  Climate
Speaker: Frances Bradshaw, Partner, Anne Thorne Architects/ Robert Prewett, Partner, Prewett Bizley Architects 


You can book for any of the events by downloading the relevant booking form and emailing it to| or by posting it to: 

4 Cathedral Road
CF11 9LJ 

If you have any queries, you can contact the RSAW|, or call 02920 228987. 


CPD Club members: one place per ticket
RIBA/CIAT members: £55 + VAT (£66)
RIBA student members: £15 + VAT (£18)
Others: £80 + VAT (£96)

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 Hannah Corr|.

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