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Built Environment Summit

The 2021 Built Environment Summit is a global conference hosted by the RIBA in partnership with Architects Declare.

In partnership with Architects Declare, RIBA presents the Built Environment Summit 2021.

The Built Environment Summit is a global event taking place on 28 and 29 October following the publication of the Built for the Environment report and ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, which starts on 1 November.

This event is essential for anyone working in the built environment: architects, engineers, surveyors, construction, and demolition. It is only by coming together and addressing this as a collective that we can make real change, both within our specific activities and at a national and global level.

Today 38% of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to the built environment. The summit is a call to action, bringing together professionals from across the international built environment sector to address the urgent need to drive changes in behaviour to reduce carbon emissions.

We cannot meet the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C temperature rise limit above pre-industrial levels without transforming the way we plan, design, build, operate and adapt our built environment.

Over two days, speakers from across the globe, appearing both physically and virtually, will lead topical discussions, explore and share innovative practice, and encourage interdisciplinary thinking to tackle the crisis and provide inspiration to drive significant change in behaviour.

In the lead-up to COP26 the summit will demonstrate the importance of cross-industry collaboration to harness political support and embolden governments to work with the sector to decarbonise construction. The time for change is now.

Who can attend?

The Built Environment Summit is for:

  • anyone working in the built environment who is concerned about our impact on the climate change
  • any level of expertise, from students to directors

The content is of equal relevance to all activities and to all sizes of practice and business.

What will I get out of it?

Attending the Built Environment Summit will give you:

  • genuine insight and learning about how we individually and collectively can make a change
  • networking and conversation opportunities with other people in the built environment sector – all architecture is a collaborative effort
  • an ability to feed into national and international proposals to government on how the industry needs to change to make a positive impact
  • CPD points

Bring the whole team to make a real impact and change in how you work.

What if I'm not sure I have time to attend the full event?

All content will be available for delegates to watch after the event, so book your tickets, come along or tune in, and catch up afterwards on what you missed.

View the full programme and purchase your tickets now.


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International partners

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Read the Built for the Environment report.

If you are a RIBA Chartered Practice, sign up to the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge.

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