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RIBA Future Leaders 2023

Future Leaders provides early career professionals with a comprehensive introduction to leadership through industry-specific training. Live sessions on key soft skills are delivered by an experienced coach, communication experts and thought leaders, while delegates also benefit from the invaluable applied knowledge and experience of leading UK architects.

Future Leaders is a three-part programme, consisting of two in-person conference events and a separate on-demand CPD course from industry experts which is curated and recorded, especially for Future Leaders 2023.

The face-to-face conference will reinforce the key themes of the on-demand content and bring it to life in interactive sessions with live business actors, exercises, polls, and input from industry experts and thought leaders, hosted and led by Debra Stevens, Leadership Coach.

Course introduction and networking morning

The Future Leaders 2023 opening event will take place in the Florence Hall at RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London on Wednesday 6 September.

Covering topics such as what is Leadership, and setting SMARTER goals, the opening event programme of introductory workshops will set delegates on their learning path and explore key objectives for the course. Delegates will experience an interactive learning environment which will encourage delegates to actively engage with the key themes.

On-Demand CPD modules

Our on-demand CPD modules will be split into three themes:

  1. Learning to Lead
  2. Leading Teams
  3. Leading Business

Each theme includes three hours of CPD learning delivered by experienced leaders in architecture and introduced by our Future Leaders Leadership Coach, Debra Stevens.

Learning to Lead

Our first module introduces delegates to the principles of leadership, developing the leadership mindset and creating a culture to promote collaboration, enthusiasm, and creativity.

Delegates will hear from Anna Parker from Intervention Architecture, Betty Owoo from Be First, along with Salasi Setufe MBE, and Gurmeet Sian from Office Sian.

Leading Teams

Leading Teams encourages delegates to start thinking beyond their own experiences of leadership, and to consider their teams, from evaluating personal behaviours to develop an effective and empathetic leadership style, to boosting team productivity and creating a positive culture that influences and is influenced by leadership style.

In this theme, delegates hear from Damion Burrows from DMBA Architecture, Carlo Magni from EPR Architects, and Dav Bansal and colleagues from Howells.

Leading Business

Our final on-demand theme explores the leadership of architectural practices, and how to balance priorities to differentiate, grow and succeed.

Delegates will hear from Olaide Oboh from Socius, Tom Taylor from Dashdot, and Rebecca Ball from HLM Architects.

Closing workshop afternoon and speed mentoring

Our course closes on Tuesday 24 October with an afternoon of interactive workshops, discussions and a chance to interact with the speakers who have led the on-demand modules along with delegate networking opportunities.

Embedding the learning from our three themes, this final event will allow delegates to reflect and expand their thinking about the conference themes. Leadership coach Debra will lead interactive workshops to encourage group collaboration and discussion and will close with final thoughts from some of our speakers.

Finally, to close the day, we invite all delegates to enjoy our drinks reception and speed mentoring session. Sign up on the day for a chance to have a one-to-one conversation with leading architects, directors, and industry professionals. Mentors will share insights from their lived experiences to offer personal support and advice.


The quickest, easiest and cheapest way of securing your space is to purchase a block booking ticket, which grants you access to both live events and all nine hours of on-demand Future Leaders 2023 CPD for a discounted price. RIBA Members receive more than 40% off tickets.

What our previous delegates have thought:

"I enjoyed the architects’ talks, which were uplifting and showed practical, relatable applications of good leadership."

"Lots of practical tips, alongside insight from experienced practitioners about what to hang onto, and what to prioritise, overall really inspiring."

"A good mixture of very pragmatic solutions that can be applied immediately and wider thought provocations to consider for the future."

"I loved the diversity of the event and the ability to share thoughts with peers."

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