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RIBA at MIPIM 2023 blog

Read blogs from the RIBA delegation about their time at real estate conference MIPIM 2023.

17 March 2023

The Royal Institute of British Architects is at MIPIM in Cannes, France from 14 to 17 March 2023. This real estate event brings together the most influential players from all international real estate industry sectors. We’re hosting nineteen RIBA Chartered Practices, which you can find at the RIBA Space in the London Stand.  

Find out more about RIBA at MIPIM 2023.

Our delegation is led by Chair of the RIBA Board of Trustees Jack Pringle, RIBA Chief Executive Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick MBE, and RIBA President Simon Allford

MIPIM 2023 (Photo: RIBA/Jing Jing)

Tuesday 14 March 2023 

RIBA Chair of the Board of Trustees Jack Pringle said: 

"MIPIM is back. Sunshine is on the Croisette and there’s a full house at the conference.

This morning I popped into the London Stand, which has the amazing London model back, to see the RIBA team. All good.

Then to the Newcastle stand to represent RIBA on a debate on the 15 minute city. Many of you will remember Carlos Moreno’s recent lecture at RIBA HQ 66 Portland Place, which I chaired. The debate with Erin Peart, chair of RICS North East Board, and Jonathan Seebacher, Ryder Architecture, was lively. I think this sustainable, healthy idea is attractive and has legs. Just need some planning reform to enable it.

And back to the RIBA stand to meet the team and the showcased architects before the official opening.

There is a great atmosphere here. Why don’t you join us next year?"

Jack Pringle speaking on 15 minute cities at the Invest Newcastle stand. (Photo: RIBA)

Wednesday 15 March 2023 

RIBA President Simon Allford said: 

"We are 36 hours in and I am enjoying the sunbathed exhaustion that is MIPIM. From landing, I went straight to the Columba D'or to enjoy dinner surrounded by the works of the great artists of the 20th century. Unlike their successors - the savvy artists of the 21st century - these young tyros exchanged their work for wine and food - a lesson for us architects.

Next morning, with a horde of architects and clients in tow, we visited Maison Boulle. This incredible residence of Jo and Tom Bloxham is an essay in both their architect Antti Lovag's pursuit of an idea (he is also buried on site) and the need for extraordinary patrons.

Today I have been meeting the practices that have joined RIBA at the London Stand - a great opportunity for practices of all scales to engage with each other and meet new patrons. I met national journalists too, who were interested in carbon, the Marble Arch inquiry, and more. I highlighted that the race to net zero is an opportunity for architecture."

Wednesday 15 March 2023

RIBA Chair of the Board of Trustees Jack Pringle said: 

"Up with the lark (well, sort of) to meet RIBA Chartered Members on our stand along with President Simon Allford and our new Chief Executive Valerie Vaughan-Dick. I was struck by the exciting young practices participating and their terrific work.

Then we went to an auditorium where Valerie was talking about “A safer more equitable sustainable built environment”. Her back story is very moving. She talked about how her education in inequality came from her father telling her how Caribbean immigrants were shut out of rental accommodation by racism and had to buy their own homes to establish themselves. Wonderful to have her on board as RIBA continues its work to create a fairer built environment for people and the planet.

Lunch at a pavement cafe with my daughters and business partners Maxine and Frankie. Great to be able to represent our practice Studio Pringle as well as RIBA at the conference.

A great day was well spent talking about architecture, societal issues, and the economy."

Jack, Valerie, and Simon at the RIBA Space in the London Stand. (Photo: RIBA)

Friday 17 March 2023

RIBA Chief Executive Valerie Vaughan-Dick said: 

"This was my first MIPIM.

The President, Chair of Trustees, and I presented at a number of panel events, and I had the opportunity to speak on the main stage on priorities for RIBA around safety, training, diversity, and climate change.

I found MIPIM a good way to showcase the work of RIBA, the creativity and expertise of our chartered practices, and to interact with members. Our team attending engaged in new opportunities that we could pursue to benefit members, as well as having significant meetings with international organisations, promoting collaboration across the built environment.

This was a great opportunity to learn, build on existing partnerships, and to share experiences and information."

Learn more about the programme of events at MIPIM 2023.

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