Policy priorities for architecture and the built environment - design, planning, skills and international growth

24/03/2015 09:00
24/03/2015 13:00


Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James's Street, London SW1A 1LR


Tuesday 24th March 2015, 9am-1pm


£210 (Plus VAT)
Concessionary places are available - please see our website for details.

Event Description

Following the publication of the second progress report on the implementation and evolution of the Farrell Review, and as the Department for Communities and Local Government considers responses to its consultation on architects regulation and the Architects Registration Board, this seminar will offer a timely opportunity to discuss the emerging challenges and opportunities for UK architecture and the built environment.

The conference will bring together representatives from across the sector - including planning, landscape, architecture, conservation and engineering - to examine priority issues such as the importance of place, planning reform, sustainability, and quality design. They will consider best practice for national and local government in effectively engaging with industry and communities to promote education, outreach and skills - and to widen access to the professional groups involved in the built environment and create a multi-disciplinary workforce, as well as examine how Government can support the sector.

We are delighted that Max Farrell, Partner, Farrells; Clare Devine, Director, Architecture and the Built Environment, CABE at Design Council and Richard Waterhouse, Chief Executive, RIBA Enterprises have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar.

Arthur Acheson, Chair, Ministerial Advisory Group on Architecture and the Built Environment, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Northern Ireland Executive; Matthew Carmona, Professor of Planning & Urban Design, The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London; Patricia Brown, Director, Central and Chair, London Festival of Architecture; Hank Dittmar, Director, Dittmar Associates and Special Adviser, The Prince's Foundation for Building Community; Professor Lorraine Farrelly, Foundation Professor in Architecture, School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading; Noel Farrer, President, Landscape Institute; Ian Mulcahey, Managing Director, Gensler; Ian Gilzean, Chief Architect, Directorate for Local Government & Communities, Scottish Government; Vincent Lacovara, Team Leader Placemaking, Croydon Council and Victoria Thornton, Director, Open-City have also agreed to speak.

Oliver Colvile MP, Acting Chair and Secretary, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Excellence in the Built Environment and Baroness Whitaker, Member, Associate Parliamentary Group on Architecture and Planning have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.

About the Organiser

Westminster Media Forum
The Westminster Media Forum aims to provide the premier environment for policymakers in Parliament, Whitehall and regulatory agencies to engage with key stakeholders in timely discussion on public policy relating to the media. These include media professionals, representatives of the organisations they work in; their suppliers and advisors; interest groups and the voluntary sector; and academics and commentators, along with members of the reporting press.

In planning its programme of events, the Forum regularly consults Parliamentarians, senior government officials, regulators, industry representatives, charities and action groups, professional bodies and academics, local government and others.


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