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Conference

RIBA Smart Practice Conference 2020: Confronting the Climate Emergency

This year's two day Smart Practice Conference, Confronting the Climate Challenge, aims to provide you with the knowledge, tools and resources to meet the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge targets and position your practice at the forefront of the green recovery.

If there is one positive legacy of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is the understanding that fast and radical change is possible when societies are faced with a clear and imminent threat. The global Climate Emergency requires no less radical and profound action for change. As countries around the world are finding their way to a ‘new normal’, the climate agenda has to play an integral role in shaping an environmentally and socially resilient built environment.

Architects have a responsibility and an opportunity to take a leading role in addressing the climate crisis and implement net zero strategies now in order to achieve the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge targets. We need to re-think approaches to design and collaboration, adopt performance-based targets and gain a deeper understanding of whole-life impacts.

The 2020 RIBA Smart Practice Conference: Confronting the Climate Emergency, will introduce participants to key concepts and tools for assessing the impact of design and material choices, showcase best practice and pioneering approaches, and support practices seeking to position themselves at the forefront of the green recovery.


Wednesday 30 September

Virtual Conference Day 1 (13:00 - 18:00)

Sessions include:

  • The RIBA Climate Challenge
  • Design Principles for Net Zero
  • Cradle to Cradle Design
  • Optimising Operational Energy Performance
  • Retrofitting Suburbia
  • More TBC

Speakers include:


Virtual Speed Mentoring (19:00 - 20:15)

A sustainability speed mentoring follows the conference online, where you will be afforded the opportunity to pair up with highly respected mentors for three 20 minute one-on-one conversations. More information will be announced closer to the event.


Thursday 1 October

Virtual Conference Day 2 (13:00 - 18:00)

Sessions include:

  • Learning from Projects
  • Interactive Whole Life Carbon Assessment Workshop
  • Marketing your Sustainability Credentials
  • How to Talk to Your Client
  • Optimising Structures in the Design Process
  • Design for Performance
  • Introducing a Roadmap for Change
  • More TBC

Speakers include:


Virtual Speed Mentoring (19:00 - 20:15)
  • A sustainability speed mentoring follows the conference online, where you will be afforded the opportunity to pair up with highly respected mentors for three 20 minute one-on-one conversations. More information will be announced closer to the event.

Ticket Prices:

RIBA Member 1 Day (30 September or 1 October): £25

RIBA Member 2 Days: £40

Non Member 1 Day (30 September or 1 October): £35

Non Member 2 Days: £55

Student 1 Day (30 September or 1 October): £15

Student 2 Days: £20

A hardship ticket option is available for RIBA Members who are struggling in the current economic climate. Tickets are priced at the student rate. Please email thomas.egerton@riba.org to access the discounted ticket.


What is the Smart Practice Conference?

The RIBA’s annual national conference for practitioners, Smart Practice has a forward-looking, strategic focus. It is designed to appeal to architects working in practices of different scales across sectors.

The intention is to provide a highly informative and insightful day. The conference aspires to give practitioners the headspace, the fuel and the ideas for moving things on and continual improvement – at the project and the practice level.

This year both days will be held online. You will receive a link to watch the event 1 day before the event is due to begin and again at 10am on the day of the event.

This conference is RIBA CPD Certified and each day is worth 4 hours of structured CPD.


FAQs

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
For all enquiries please contact thomas.egerton@riba.org

Will the event be recorded?
Yes, the event will be recorded. If you choose to share your video or audio during the event you consent to being recorded

What is the refund policy?
Refunds will be given up to 7 days before the event, 23 September 2020

Can I change the day I want to attend?
Yes, you can edit the day via Eventbrite. Please do not edit the day after Sunday 27 September. Please email thomas.egerton@riba.org for any last minutes changes

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