For more than 20 years, the RSAW Annual Conference has been built around a singular issue or theme related to the practice of contemporary architecture in Wales.
For the 24th conference in 2017, we are taking a different and hugely ambitious approach – to consider how the entire profession will evolve in the next ten years. We will explore the issues that are set to influence and shape architectural practice worldwide, framing them in the Welsh context, with reference to the unique political, economic and geographic conditions of our small but complex country.
For example, the introduction of the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 - described by the United Nations as 'world-leading' - and the National Development Framework offer an opportunity for Wales to use strategic policy to deliver truly visionary action.
In the morning session, creative thinkers from outside the immediate world of practice share their insights into the challenges and opportunities of the next decade, touching on the economy, technology, environment, ethics and social engagement.
The afternoon session will focus on personal views of the next ten years from educationalists and practitioners; we explore examples of current practice, highlighting exemplary client engagement and inspirational projects.
The prime duty of architecture has been described as 'looking forward, constructing new relationships between what exists and what can come into being' (Jeremy Melvin: A manifesto for the next ten years, The Architectural Review/1443/July August 2017).
While we realise we can do no more than trigger discussion and debate in the space of a single conference, we aim to offer a broad view scoping out the challenges which practitioners will need to be aware of to survive and thrive in the coming decade. Will the brave new world of architecture in 2027 have more in common with Shakespeare’s Tempest or Aldous Huxley’s futuristic dystopia?
This conference is co-hosted by Rockpanel, with support from the Design Commission for Wales
9.15am Coffee and registration in exhibition hall
9.45am Welcome - Carolyn Merrifield, RSAW President
9.50am Setting the scene - Conference Chair, Geraint Talfan Davies Hon FRIBA
10.05am Keynote address: The new Wales - Marie Brousseau-Navarro, Director of Policy, Legislation and Innovation, Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales
10.20am Future vision 1: A new agenda? - Dr Roisin Willmott, Director RTPI Cymru & Jen Heal, Design Advisor, Design Commission for Wales
10.50am Future Vision 2: Architecture and the creative digital economy - Professor Ian Hargreaves, Professor of Digital Economy, Cardiff University
11.50am Future Vision 3: A practice for the edge - Dr Rory Hyde, Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism, V&A Museum; author of Future Practice: conversations from the edge of architecture
12.35pm Question panel with morning speakers
2pm Equipping the next generation - Prof Chris Tweed, WSA, Dr Paul Harries, UWTSD & John Carter, CAT
2.30pm Current practice - future plans - Karen Rogers, Canary Wharf Group
3pm Question panelwith afternoon speakers
4pm The Inspiration Hour - Mary Duggan, Mary Duggan Architects
5pm Closing words - Geraint Talfan Davies
5.15pm Conference close
5.30pm Conference cocktails
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