RIBA North East acts as a co-ordinating body between chartered architects, allied building professionals and the public in the North East. The overarching aim is the advancement of architecture and the delivery of high standards of design and fitness for purpose within the built environment.
Through the regional office in Newcastle, the RIBA is able to respond effectively to the requirements of local members and the region, providing a vital point of contact between the RIBA and the tiers of regional governance and decision-makers at a local level throughout the north east. By harnessing the knowledge and expertise of those who live and work in the area, RIBA North East is able to promote architecture to a wide audience.
We have four special interest groups that meet on a regular basis here in the North East. These are:
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI):
Led by Regional Council Chair-Elect Grace Choi from Grace Choi Architects. To advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion issues within the profession and wider construction industry.
- Sustainable Futures Group:
Led by Regional Council member Mark Siddall from LEAP and Adam Vaughan from JDDK. To raise the profile of sustainability in the region, to promote the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge initiative and to be a regional advocate for sustainable design.
- Small and Emerging Practice Group
Led by Regional Council member Sarah Stead from Studio Stead. This group supports all small practices in the region and helps share knowledge between them.
- Young Architectural Practitioners' Forum (YAPF)
Led by Regional Council member Andrew Thompson from FaulknerBrowns Architects. The YAPF has been developed primarily to promote and support young architectural practitioners during their first eight years of qualification in the North East region.
Image credit: Hebburn Central by Hufton & Crow.