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Talks and lectures

YAPF | Skills for Success: Innovation | 2019

Join us to explore digital, business, sustainability and material innovation through workshops, seminars and lectures with a diverse range of engaging speakers from different disciplines, sectors and regions.

Event 1: Digital Innovation

Date: Tuesday 8 October 2019

Speaker: Paul Swaddle, Head of Technical Solutions, NBS

NBS will host this YAPF - exclusive training session, providing an overview of NBS Chorus, the cloud-based collaborative specification platform for the construction industry. Specification development is an important skill for all professionals in practice, helping you to work efficiently and keep up with construction standards.

This session will help you to get started using the NBS Chorus platform and see how it can form part of a successful project workflow.

Venue: NBS, The Old Post Office, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST

Time: 18:00 to 21:00


Event 2: Sustainable Innovation

Date: Thursday 24 October 2019

Speakers: Toby Smith - Associate Architect Hewitt Studios, Bath and Jonathan Hines – Managing Director Architype, Edinburgh

Join us to hear from Architype and Hewitt Studios to discuss a number of their recent projects, focusing on the sustainability aspects of the schemes and what knowledge they can share to inspire our projects of the future.

Architype are AJ100 Sustainable Practice of the Year 2019 and Hewitt Studios won BD Sustainability Architect of the Year in 2014.

Venue: The Core, Newcastle Science Central Management LLP c/o The Core Newcastle Helix, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5TF

Time: 18:00 to 21:00


Event 3: Business Innovation

Date: Thursday 7 November 2019

Speaker: Mark Green, Director, greenhouse

Mark Green, Director of ggreenhouse will be leading a Business Innovation workshop. Having previously worked as a commercial lawyer, he is now director of a successful leadership and organisational consultancy. With a PhD published on how the introduction of new design practices drives organisational change.

Mark will be leading a workshop on how to facilitate innovation within the office across all levels. This workshop will explore stakeholder relationships and how to take opportunities to influence these and deliver innovation.

Venue: Ryder Architecture, 14-18 Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3NN

Time: 17:30 to 20:00


Event 4: Material Innovation

Date: 21 November 2019

Speaker: Rebecca Gill, Engineer, ARUP and Amin Taha, Groupwork

"To do more and more with less and less until eventually you can do everything with nothing.” – Buckminster Fuller.

In a world where resources are increasingly scarce join Amin Taha, Director at Groupwork and Rebecca Gill, Engineer at ARUP for an evening of lively talks and discussion where we will look at exemplar projects using materials in new and innovative ways from technical and design perspectives.

After the event we’ll be celebrating the success of the Skills for Success series with a wrap party.

Venue: TBC, Newcastle upon Tyne

Time: 17:30 to 20:00