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Smart Practice Conference 2017: New Opportunities
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Smart Practice Conference 2017: New Opportunities

This year’s Smart Practice conference highlights how a proactive approach to seeking out business opportunities can reap benefits for individuals and their practices.

In times of economic and political uncertainty, the ability of practices to seek out new areas of opportunity is paramount. As doors close, it is essential to nudge new doors open. How might you go about kickstarting this process? How can you best go about evaluating both your personal and practice’s strengths, as well as identifying potential new areas of work?

This year’s Smart Practice Conference sets out to provide the ignition for business development, while also focusing on some of the strongest emerging sectors, such as infrastructure and housing, and how they are being fueled by devolution and new transport links. It will highlight new delivery systems, such as offsite delivery, custom build and CLT and how an engagement with new technologies can provide the possibility of offering new areas of expertise.

Smart Practice 2017 is taking place in a city that reeks of opportunity – Bristol. It is one of the UK’s most culturally vibrant and burgeoning cities. As home to leading practices and schools, Bristol and Bath are long-established centres of architectural and engineering excellence. Bristol was named the best place to live in Britain by the Sunday Times Best Places To Live Guide 2017.

Keynote speaker: Jan Knikker, Partner for Development at MVRDV

Other speakers include:

  • Isabel Allen, Design Director of HAB Housing
  • Simon Bayliss, Managing Partner, HTA Design
  • Keith Brownlie, Director of Brownlie Ernst and Marks (BEaM)
  • Peter Clegg, Senior Partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Jason Collard, Managing Director, Studio HIVE
  • Isabel Dedring, Director and Global Transport Leader at Arup
  • Simon Gathercole, Partner, Allies and Morrison
  • Chris Knight, International Trade Advisor, Department for International Trade (DIT)
  • Sarah Park, Associate Director at Holistic
  • Phil Rose, Managing Director of Clarity Leadership
  • Robert Sargent, Director, Stride Treglown
  • Paul Smith, Councillor and Cabinet Member for Housing at Bristol City Council

MC for the day: Melissa Mean, Head of Arts at Knowle West Media Centre.

The conference will be opened by RIBA President Ben Derbyshire. View the programme here.

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Tickets Prices:

Early Bird tickets are no longer available

RIBA Members £105
Non-Members £135
Student £45

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