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RIBA North East: Sustainability mastermind - September 2021

Join us for our next sustainability mastermind session where we will host a range of engaging discussions about sustainable design.

Join our sustainability forum on 29 September for the next sustainability mastermind session. We will host a range of engaging discussions about sustainable design, which may include the peer review of current projects on the drawing board. Through polls and interactive discussion groups, you can safely share your skills, thoughts, and experiences.

There are (at least) five ways you can benefit from the sustainability mastermind:

1) Community: Through the sustainability mastermind you get the opportunity to be a part of a community with shared goals. To this end, you’ll have the chance to create new relationships and new friendships.

2) Challenges: Together we will engage with the RIBA 2030 Challenge head-on. We will discuss how it can be applied to your project – whether or not you expect to address all criteria – and we help each other prepare for the RIBA Awards by addressing technical queries or agreeing on common understandings.

3) Learning: We all start somewhere, and the sustainability mastermind recognises that not everyone has a project they want to share, or the expertise to contribute. If you want to sit on the sidelines soaking up all the good ideas and developing new insights that you can apply in your work the next day, that’s fine. The most important thing is that you are interested, stimulated, and willing to engage.

4) Development: If you are already an expert in a specific field of sustainable design then you’ll be aware that you can’t master them all. The sustainability mastermind helps you fill the gaps by strengthening those underdeveloped areas.

5) Practice: With your practice’s approval, you bring a project, part of a project, or even just a construction detail to the mastermind. You set out the context, where you are right now and where you’d like to go. No scheme is too big, and no detail is too small – the mastermind is here to help.

These sessions will be held under the Chatham House rules. Participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, or project may be revealed. This way everyone taking part can learn without risk. The more you contribute the more you’ll get out of the experience.

If you have a project in mind for peer review at this session then please get in touch with us in advance.