Over the last few years, the RIBA has developed a series of academic lectures in association with other partners and schools of architecture.
On 18 March 2011, and as part of the Peter and Muriel Melvin Debates, the RIBA organised and hosted a debate on issues such as architectural conservation, reconstruction, and heritage. Speakers included Francis Golding (Chair), Paul Finch, Eric Parry, Niall McLaughlin, Margaret Richardson, Edwin Heathcote, Catherine Croft, and Owen Luder.
On 20 May 2011, for the second of the Peter and Muriel Melvin Debates, the RIBA organised and hosted a debate considering architecture and the law, including how architects balance innovation and risk. Speakers included Margaret Bickford-Smith QC, Alfred Munkenbeck, John Barber, David Jones, Andrew Morris, Sir Peter Coulson and Robert Hogarth.
At a time when higher education is facing significant changes which may limit opportunities for professional study, this debate, held at the RIBA in September 2011 considered architectural education in a global context. Speakers included Simon Allford (Chair), Neil Spiller, Vittorio Lampugnani, David Dunster, Jo Noero, Julio D Dávila, Adriana Cobo, David Gloster and Kate Heron.
This debate was part of the Peter and Muriel Melvin debate series.
The Royal Gold Medal and President’s Medals Crit
On 10 February 2011, Royal Gold Medallist David Chipperfield joined a panel chaired by RIBA President Ruth Reed, that comprised Professor Peter Blundell Jones (University of Sheffield) and Dr Marcos Cruz (The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL) that critiqued the winners of the President's Medals Student Awards 2010.
Between January 2009 and November 2010, the RIBA organized a series of conferences in 20 schools of architecture throughout the UK, addressing the issues of Climate Change. Michael Pawlyn, founder and director of Exploration, was commissioned by the RIBA to deliver a lecture on this issue.