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Happy New Year from Barbara Griffin-Wright, Chair, RIBA East Midlands

Barbara Griffin-Wright, Chair, RIBA East Midlands, welcomes members to another exciting and varied programme of events in the region for 2020.

07 January 2020

Welcome to another exciting and varied programme of events in the East Midlands region for 2020. With a strong regional council, RIBA regional team, dedicated branch presidents and members, it is going to be an interesting year ahead.

My hope is to further develop the fruitful synergies that exist between practice, research and education, benefitting members and the wider community alike, through successful initiatives such as Love Architecture, the Urban Rooms and community workshops as well as the great work being done with Architecture Schools, including the highly successful student mentoring programme.

The planned programme also includes region wide initiatives around my manifesto’s key themes that strengthen the regional conversation around important issues in architecture:

Collaborative practice

  • Launch of RIBA ‘collaborative practice’ contract
  • Research in practice conference

Supporting small practices

  • Small Practice clinics, featuring expert advice on common issues
  • Why use an Architect marketing campaign

Education and the profession

  • RIBA Compact – an agreement between RIBA, Schools of Architecture, Chartered Practices and architecture students, during professional practice
  • Apprenticeships, Schools of Architecture and Student engagement programme

Ethics and sustainable development

Wellbeing in the profession

  • Events and activities targeting architects in practice and students

Community engagement

  • Nottingham and Lincoln Urban Rooms
  • Learning and Careers programme

RIBA East Midlands Regional Chair, Barbara Griffin-Wright

Reflecting on my involvement with the RIBA, I originally got involved to:

  • Develop a real world professional network that involved meeting people who I may work with and create opportunities for myself and others in the future
  • Give something back to the community that I live in and give my time to inspiring people of all ages about the world that we live in
  • Actively participate in improving what the RIBA has to offer in the region

These were personal reasons but they might inspire you to get involved. Without a doubt the passion and dedication of those involved from council, branch, schools and members is the reason why we are going from strength to strength in the East Midlands and hopefully you can participate in some way by attending an event or contacting your branch president to see how you can become more involved.

RIBA East Midlands Housing Exemplars exhibition and talks, during Love Architecture Festival 2019 © Keith Cooper
Students and mentors during a site visit last year. ©Leonard Design

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