The future of European architectural education

The Lithuanian Embassy in London, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) are hosting a conference on the future of architectural education in Europe on 9 September 2013 to coincide with the Lithuanian EU Presidency.

The conference ‘Recognition of Professional Qualifications in the EU: Challenges and Opportunities’ will be held at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, W1. The event, which features a special focus on architects, coincides with the opening of an exhibition about the evolution of Lithuanian architecture, also at the RIBA.

The conference will be opened by the Minister for Trade and Investment, Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint; the Lithuanian Minister of Environment and Urban Planning Valentinas Mazuronis and RIBA President Stephen Hodder. Representatives from the European Commission, the Architects Council of Europe, the UK Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Construction Industry Council (CIC) will share views on whether impending legislative changes will empower or challenge the movement of architects within the Single Market.

The Lithuanian Ambassador Asta Skaisgiryte Liauškiene said: “Lithuania strongly supports the deepening of the Single Market which is one of the greatest achievements of the European Union. During our Presidency we will aim to achieve the maximum progress in implementing the modernisation of the Professional Qualifications regulations. We are delighted to work with RIBA and UK Department for Business, Innovation & skills to raise the relevant questions at the conference in London.”

RIBA President* Stephen Hodder said: “Our upcoming conference is a great opportunity for those interested in the future of architectural education in the UK and EU to join the debate and hear direct from those responsible for implementing the upcoming reforms.

“I’m also delighted that the Lithuanian Embassy in London has chosen 66 Portland Place as the venue to host their exhibition on the history of Lithuanian architecture. I look forward to exploring this unique exhibition exploring Lithuania’s rich architectural history.”

Conference: Recognition of professional qualifications in the EU: challenges and opportunities

Exhibition: Parallels - Lithuanian Architecture: Three Eras, Three Faces

This exhibition features the aesthetic and ideological development of Lithuanian architecture in three eras: era of independence between the two World Wars, era of Soviet occupation and finally, the era after 1990.

 10 September – 11 October 2013

 Gallery One, 66 Portland Place, London W1

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Notes to editors

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  • The Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council focuses on three main goals: Credible, Growing and Open Europe. The country is in charge of more than 1500 meetings in Brussels and Luxemburg and more than 200 high ranking events in Lithuania. It Is expected that there will be 20 000 guests arriving in the country. In the United Kingdom, the Embassy is organising conferences on the EU Single Market, Banking Union, Translatlantic relations and Energy Security, as well as various cultural events with a focus on architecture, design and jazz. Visit or follow us at
  • *Stephen Hodder’s Presidency of the Royal Institute of British Architects commences on the 1 September 2013.
  • The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members. Visit or follow us at 
  • The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is the department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. BIS also protects consumers and reduces the impact of regulation. Visit or follow us at