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RIBA Smart Practice Conference 2018, Value-Added: Making Design Quality Count
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RIBA Smart Practice Conference 2018

​The RIBA Smart Practice Conference 2018 places the focus on design quality, emphasising the discernible benefits of better measuring and demonstrating it and, in so doing, effectively communicating the value that architects bring to clients and the wider public.

Value-Added: Making Design Quality Count

The RIBA Smart Practice Conference 2018 places the focus on design quality, emphasising the discernible benefits of better communicating its value to clients and the wider public.

View the full RIBA Smart Practice Conference 2018 programme.

Value-added products or services are worth more because they have been improved or had something added to them. The value that architects bring to a project is synonymous with design quality. This encompasses build quality, performance, outcomes and safety, as well as design itself. How can we, though, as a profession get better at measuring, demonstrating and communicating the design value that architects bring to buildings and cities?

This event will focus on the very human benefits of high-quality spaces for occupants, highlighting how they can be expressed and evaluated through social value. It will also underline the opportunities that architects have to more accurately assess and communicate the benefits of design quality to clients and the public, whether it is through a better understanding of clients and their business models or by providing the right professional services. The final session will place a spotlight on design quality and delivery, accenting how high standards can be retained through procurement and the valuable contribution that architects can make to the construction industry.

Keynote speaker: Neil Gillespie, Director of Reiach and Hall Architects

Welcome from: RIBA President Ben Derbyshire

Speakers include:

  • Claire Bennie, Director of Municipal
  • Paul Bulkeley, Design Director of Snug Architects
  • Gavin Heaphy, Construction Director, University of Cambridge
  • Kay Hughes, Director of Khaa, and Petra Marko, Co-founder of Marko&Placemakers, co-collaborators on VeloCity, winner of the National Infrastructure Commission’s Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition
  • Jaimie Johnston, Director and Head of Global Systems, Brydenwood
  • Tomas Millar, Founding Director of Millar + Howard Workshop
  • Maria Alessandra Segantini, Director and Principal, C+S Architects
  • Dr Jenny Thomas, Head of Built Environment at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Social value PechaKucha will include presentations from:

  • Nicola Bacon, Social Life
  • Jateen Lad, Jateen Lad Architect
  • Will Mawson, MawsonKerr
  • February Phillips, 5th Studio
  • Matthew Springett and Fiona MacDonald, Matt + Fiona

Session chairs:

  • Lucy Carmichael, Director of Practice
  • Tom Foggin, RIBA East Chair
  • Flora Samuel, RIBA VP for Research
  • Dale Sinclair, RIBA Champion for Collaboration and Technical

Closing Summary from: Caroline Buckingham, RIBA VP Practice and Profession.

View the full RIBA Smart Practice Conference 2018 programme.

Ticket prices (including VAT):

A special Early Bird rate is available from 21 June – 23 August.

  • Early Bird - RIBA Member: £90
  • Early Bird - Non Member: £115
  • Standard rate - RIBA Member: £115
  • Standard rate - Non-Member Price: £145
  • Student: £50

This conference is RIBA CPD Certified and is worth 6 hours of structured CPD.

The 2017 Smart Practice Conference theme was ‘New Opportunities’ and explored where the emerging openings for practices might lie. The sessions throughout the event highlighted the steps that individuals and practices can make to optimise on business development. View the delegate resource pack to see the learning outcomes from the event.


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
For all enquiries please contact Chantal Nunes at or call 0207 307 5359.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes, please bring your printed ticket to the event as proof of purchase.

What is the refund policy?
Refunds will be given up to 7 days before the event, 27 September 2018.

Please note, this event will be filmed and photographed.*

*The film and photos from the event will be included in a delegate resource pack which you will be sent following the event to recap on your learning. The film and photos will also be used in the promotion of future RIBA events and by the RIBA for communications purposes. Should you wish not to be filmed or photographed, please notify staff on the day of the event at the registration desk and we will observe your request.

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