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Guerrilla Tactics 2021: Stop, Collaborate and Listen

This year’s Guerrilla Tactics calls on architects to recognise the power of collaboration for winning work, levelling up their skills, and fostering resilience. It will ask how practices can lift each other up by pooling knowledge and resources without fear of competitive behaviour; how large and small practices can leverage their unique advantages for shared benefit; and how digital relationships can transcend local networks.

What is Guerrilla Tactics?

Guerrilla Tactics is RIBA’s annual creative business conference for small and medium sized architectural practices.

It offers a mix of inspirational conference programming around a changing theme each year, and a wide ranging CPD offer covering all 10 core curriculum topics to enable practitioners to fulfil their CPD requirements.

“Guerrilla Tactics makes being a small practice something to be proud of. You know it’s always going to deliver” - Past delegate

When is it taking place?

Guerrilla Tactics is taking place from Tuesday 9 November to Thursday 11 November 2021.

CPD programme

17 CPD sessions of one hour each will be delivered in two parallel streams with short breaks in between from 9am to 1pm.

Conference programme

The conference sessions will run from 2pm to 4.45pm.

Practice speed mentoring

To be held online on Friday 12 November. Registrations will launch in October on a first come first served basis.

This year’s theme: Stop, Collaborate and Listen

Curated by Creative Directors Rob Fiehn, Mellis Haward and Kyle Buchanan, this year’s Guerrilla Tactics Conference explores collaboration.

The best design processes are facilitated by meaningful collaboration, including with clients and consultants, through public engagement, and by working with other architects. Small practices often develop specialist knowledge. What would happen if we could pool resources and experiences for shared goals? Information about materials, new technologies, zero carbon construction and best business practice should be easily available from our peers, without the need to worry about competitive behaviour. The future is bright for architects if practices can unite to win work or to level-up their skills.

Conference speakers include:

  • Stephen Hill, Public Interest Practitioner
  • Alina White, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio
  • Jane Larmour, Arigho Larmour Wheeler Architects
  • Gurmeet Sian, Office Sian
  • Will Burges, 31/44
  • Peter George, Meridian Water
  • Paul Karakusevic, KCA
  • Owen Pearce, PEARCE+
  • Catrina Stewart, Office S&M
  • Pedro Gil, Studio Gil
  • Lanre Gbolade, Paradigm Network
  • Clare Nash, Clare Nash Architects, author of Design Your Life
  • + more

CPD speakers include:

  • Irene Craik, Director, Levitt Bernstein
  • Dennis Austin, daab design
  • Cheryl Pilliner-Reeves, TEDI-London
  • Jesus Jimenez, White Red Architects
  • Polina Pencheva, Morris + Company
  • + more

Conference programme outline

CPD programme outline

How can I attend?

Watch the livestream to network with other delegates and contribute to the discussion. Or catch up on the event recording in your own time.

Why not join the creative directors - Mellis Haward, Kyle Buchanan and Rob Fiehn - along with some of their guests at one of our networking socials? Attendance is free. Please register in advance.

Ticket prices

  • RIBA Member conference or CPD: £60
  • RIBA Member full package: £100
  • Non Member conference or CPD: £95
  • Non Member full package: £160
  • Student conference or CPD: £30
  • Student full package: £45

A hardship ticket option is available for RIBA Members who are struggling at this time. Tickets are priced at the student rate. Group discounts for practices are available if more than three tickets are purchased.

Please email with your membership number to access the hardship or group rate tickets.

Guerrilla Tactics 2021 is proudly sponsored by NBS.

Frequently asked questions

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For all enquiries please contact

Will the event be recorded?

The sessions will be recorded and made available to registered ticket holders after the event. Please note that some speakers may opt out of sharing their talk.

When will I receive a link to join the event?

Joining links will be shared a few days before the event.

I haven't received a link, what should I do?

Please ensure your email address is correct when inputted into Eventbrite. Check your spam/junk folder. Please email if you require further assistance.

What is the refund policy?

Refunds will be given up to seven days before the event, 2 November 2021.

What is your privacy policy?

The details you provide will be processed in line with the RIBA's GDPR obligations. For information on how we handle your personal data please see our Privacy Policy.

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