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Smart Practice Conference 2019: New Ways of Working

Explore how digital design and fabrication shape architectural practice, examine if Integrated Project Insurance offers a panacea for procurement, and hear how collaboration creates business opportunities for small practices.

Smart Practice, RIBA’s annual national conference for practitioners, 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 out of the office. The conference aspires to give practitioners the head space, the fuel and the ideas for moving things on and continual improvement – at the project and the practice level.

This year's theme of New Ways of Working will explore opportunities in modular design and construction, how digital design and fabrication shape architectural practice, innovative procurement models and how a culture of collaboration creates business opportunities for small practices. Attend to hear from some of Europe and the UK's most forward thinking architects and clients.

Download the full programme. (Tim Carey, Willmott Dixon, will no longer be able to speak due to unforeseen circumstances). 

Morning Programme: Collaborative Practice


RIBA President, Alan Jones

Keynote: Punching Above Your Weight Through Collaboration
Tomas Stokke, Co-founder, Haptic Architects

Collaboration - How to Get It Right

Q&A with Tomas Stokke chaired by Lucy Carmichael, RIBA Director of Practice

Coffee break

Disrupting the Procurement Landscape? Lessons on Integrated Project Insurance from the Derby Museum Silk Mill

Presentations by project architect Irena Bauman, Bauman Lyons; client Hannah Fox, Derby Museums; project manager Gareth McGill, Speller Metcalfe; IPI facilitator Kevin Thomas, IPInitiatives; and construction lawyer Katie Saunders, Trowers & Hamlins Manchester.

A Procurement Model Promoting Collaborative Working?

Panel discussion on IPI chaired by Russell Curtis, Founding Director, RCKa. Panellists: Irena Bauman, Hannah Fox, Gareth McGill, Kevin Thomas, Katie Saunders

Building Communities
Jan Kattein, Founder, Jan Kattein Architects


Chaired by Lucy Carmichael

Networking Lunch

Afternoon Programme: Digital Design and Fabrication

Keynote: Reinventing Material Practices in Architecture

Prof. Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Centre for Information Technology and Architecture, KADK Copenhagen

Chaired by Lucy Carmichael, RIBA Director of Practice

Learning from the Product Designer Mindset
Bruce Bell, Founder, Facit Homes

Chaired by Lucy Carmichael, RIBA Director of Practice

Transforming UK Construction Funding Opportunities
Simon Hart, Innovate UK 

Coffee break

Client Strategies in Design for Manufacture and Assembly
Russ Edwards, Design & Technical Director, Lendlease

Balancing Standardisation and Customisation in Modular Housing
Presentations by Amber Beare, Design Manager, Urban Splash Modular; Wilf Meynell, Director, Studio Bark; and Carl Vann, Partner, PTE

Opportunities in Offsite

Panel discussion chaired by Holly Porter, Founding Director, Surface to Air. Panellists: Russ Edwards, Amber Beare, Wilf Meynell and Carl Vann.

Closing Remarks

Lucy Carmichael, RIBA Director of Practice


Read insights shared by our speakers

Ticket prices (including VAT):

  • RIBA Member: £95
  • Non-Member Price: £140
  • Student: £50

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


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For all enquiries please contact or call 0207 307 3749.

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, 24 September 2019.

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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