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RSAW Spring School 2018 - Watermarks
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Watermarks: architecture in a fluid world

For our 2018 Spring School programme, the Royal Society of Architects in Wales invites you to explore the world of bluespace, aquatecture and waterfront masterplanning with the help of inspirational practitioners from across Europe who are influenced and inspired by the power and possibilities of the most fundamental element: water.

The RSAW Spring School returns this year on Friday 11 May 2018, with the theme 'Watermarks'.

This spring conference will once again be held in the intimate surroundings of Portmeirion Village, North Wales and features a full day of 'inspiration hour' lectures presented by leading practitioners of aquatecture and waterfront masterplanning from across Europe.

The conference will provide delegates with an opportunity to examine and learn from projects that tackle regeneration, manage flood risks, and stimulate the senses, while also being given the opportunity to engage in question and answer sessions with the designers behind these schemes.

Please note that although the Spring School itself is to be held on Friday 11 May, delegates can also book to attend an optional Welcome Dinner on Thursday evening, and/or a Reception Dinner on the Friday evening including overnight stays on Thursday and Friday at the wonderful Portmeirion Hotel.

Outline Programme:

Thursday 10 May

Welcome reception and supper for speakers and early delegates from 7:30pm; private dining room, Portmeirion Hotel

Friday 11 May

Spring School registration from 10am (programme runs 10:30am to 5:15pm); Hercules Hall (Town Hall)

Spring School reception and dinner for delegates, guests and speakers from 7.30pm; Ricardo Pearce room, Castell Deudraeth

Saturday 12 May

Self-guided tours to nearby Plas Brondanw gardens or to Blaenau Ffestiniog by steam train


Alfonso Femia and Simonetta Cenci - Ateliers Alfonso Femia AF517

Jandirk Hoekstra - Advisor and Landscape Architect; H+N+S Landschapsarchitecten, Amersfoort

Geraldine Holland - Baca Architects, London

Dr Jessica Lamond - Associate Professor in flood risk management; University of the West of England

Jane Davidson - Pro Vice-Chancellor for Sustainability and Engagement; UWTSD, Swansea

Pierre Wassenaar - Director, Head of Technology and Innovation; Stride Treglown Architects, Cardiff

To book tickets to the Spring School, or any of the package options mentioned above, please download and complete the booking form (available from the link below in English and Welsh) and return it to Alternatively please feel free to call us by phone to discuss booking and payment options.


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