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RIBA News & Events 2020
Royal Institute of British Architects Exhibition + Talks + Events in London, England, UK
21 Jan 2020
RIBA Housing Design Report Response
RIBA responds to CPRE report on new housing design
Tuesday 21 January 2020 – “As RIBA architects highlight daily and this report emphasises, the design quality of new housing developments is simply not good enough. This is a problem for people who need new homes now. The solutions available to government are clear: increased resourcing, better design skills within local authorities, and a clear planning framework that upholds standards.
It is also vital that permitted development rules, which allow developers to sidestep basic safety and sustainability standards are scrapped. Without these changes, the country will continue to store up further issues for the future.”
Alan M Jones, RIBA President
16 Jan 2020
RIBA News 2020 – architects workload trends
The impact of Brexit uncertainty on construction – RIBA reveals 2019 trends
Thursday 16 January 2020 – The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today published its monthly summary of business intelligence, alongside a commentary on the stand-out trends reported by architects throughout 2019.
In 2019, Brexit uncertainty had a significant impact on the architecture profession and the wider construction industry.
Monthly workload predictions were extremely volatile. In the second half of the year, as the prospect of a no-deal Brexit grew closer, the Index fell; from a 2019 high of +9 in June, to a negative figure for three of the final four months of the year. In October when crashing out of the EU looked like a real possibility, the Index stood at -10, the lowest balance score since 2011.
Architects consistently described heightened client caution: with a reduction in project enquiries; projects being put on hold or failing to move past early design stages; and downward pressure on fees.
The differing levels of optimism between practices in the north and south of the UK was another consistent trend. Architecture practices in London and the South of England were far less positive about their future workloads, a sentiment shared by smaller practices, wherever they were located. Larger practices, and those in the North of England, felt consistently more positive about securing long-term work.
RIBA Future Trends – December 2019 report
In December 2019, the RIBA Future Trends Workload Index sat at -2 – slipping back into negative territory for the final month of the year.
Small practices (1-10 staff) were most negative about future workloads – returning a balance figure of -6 – while medium (11-50 staff) and large-sized practices (51+ staff) remained positive, returning a combined balance figure of +38.
London fell into negative territory (dropping from zero to –18) along with the Midlands & East Anglia who fell from -6 to -13. The South of England held steady at zero whereas practices in Wales and the West and the North of England remained level and positive, returning balance figures of +14.
The private housing sector saw the biggest rise to +2 following three months in negative territory (the longest run since 2009) and the community sector rose slightly to -3. The commercial and public sectors both remained negative, falling back one point each to -5 and -4.
The RIBA Future Trends Staffing Index remained steady, with a balance figure of +2 in December and the anticipated demand for temporary staff in the next three months increased to +2. 22 per cent of practices said they were personally under-employed in the last month, due to a lack of work.
RIBA Head of Economic Research and Analysis, Adrian Malleson, said:
“2019 Future Trends data consistently emphasised the impact of Brexit and political uncertainty on the construction industry. Reports of postponed projects, downward pressure on professional fees and skills shortages were prevalent, alongside a reluctance from clients to invest in building projects.
Larger practices and those in the North of England tended to be more optimistic, suggesting a shift in the focus of activity away from London and the South in 2019. It was also a year which saw an increase in larger firms looking beyond the UK for work.
After an extended period of volatility, and with a new government in place and more clarity on plans to leave the EU, there are glimmers of growing confidence in the profession, with some practices starting to report an increase in enquiries. Our Chartered Practices are resilient and adaptable to challenge. We look forward to presenting their predictions over the coming months.”
14 Jan 2020
RIBA News & Events in 2020
RIBA launches open call to design experimental installation for Architecture Gallery
Deadline for entries: 13 February 2020
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is inviting architects, architecture students and creatives to design a temporary installation at the RIBA’s HQ building in central London, to coincide with the London Festival of Architecture (LFA).
Responding to the Festival’s theme of ‘Power’, the installation will be on show from 28 May through to September 2020.
The ‘Power’ theme is open to interpretation, with no prescribed brief. For example, submissions could take the form of a built installation, a set of architectural sculptures, sound pieces or a film.
Architecture Open is an annual opportunity for creatives at all stages of their careers to develop an artistic and architectural installation. The proposal can be an existing project or idea, however evidence of experimentation, thought-provoking ideas relating to the theme and imaginative thinking around audiences are encouraged. Clear consideration of material and construction methods should also be expressed, especially in relation to best practice in sustainability. Architects and architecture students are welcome to develop collaborative ideas with artists or designers.
RIBA Head of Exhibitions & Interpretation, Marie Bak Mortensen, said:
“In its five-year history, the RIBA Architecture Gallery has commissioned architects and designers to present their ideas in critically acclaimed exhibitions, including Assemble, Pablo Bronstein, APPARATA, Giles Round, Sam Jacob Studio and Pezo von Ellrichshausen. The 2020 theme of Power is a pertinent and broad one which will no doubt encourage a range of responses, and I look forward to seeing the breadth and quality of the proposals submitted this year.”
The project budget is £25,000 plus a £4,000 design fee (excluding VAT).
The project is open to all RIBA Members, Chartered Practices and architecture students (for whom membership is free).
3 Jan 2020
Delivering Sustainable Housing and Communities Event
Date: Wednesday 29th January 2020
Location: Central London, England, UK
Join the Westminster insight’s Delivering Sustainable Housing and Communities Forum, which will feature key figures from government, energy and local authorities.
The forum will discuss innovative new methods in the planning, designing and building of sustainable housing stock that meets the environmental needs of future generations.
Hear from RIBA 2019 Stirling Prize Winners, Mikhail Riches Architects, who will be sharing insight into their pioneering project for Norwich City Council which delivered almost 100 highly energy-efficient homes.
• (Chair) Barry Goodchild, Professor of Housing and Urban Planning, Sheffield Hallam University
• Lord Best, Social Housing Leader, House of Lords
• James Harris MA MSC, Policy and Networks Manager, Royal Town Planning Institute
• Lesley Rudd, Chief Executive, Sustainable Energy Association
• Mikhail Riches Architects *RIBA 2019 Stirling Prize Winner*
• Emma Fletcher, Chair, Swaffham Prior Community Land Trust
• Anthony Probert, Programme Manager, Bioregional
• Stewart Clements, Director, Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC)
• Dr Steffie Broer, Director, Bright Green Futures
• Rene Sommer Lindsay, Urban Designer and Strategic Advisor, R|S|L|ENT
• Simon Tilley, Director, Hockerton Housing Projects
We will also explore how innovative new materials, systems and technologies will contribute to meeting 2050 net-zero targets.
What you will learn:
• Explore regulations, planning and future funding for sustainable housing development
• Discuss the role of planning and design for a resilient homes future
• Deliver on carbon reduction targets for housing in line with 2050 net-zero targets
• Review practical case studies which are contributing to the achievement of a more sustainable housing environment
View the full agenda
Secure your place
Wednesday 29th January 2020
08:30 – 13:25
VHGV1O-1241058 for 1 delegate place (10% off)
VHGVZO-1241058 for 2+ delegate places (20% off)
Codes will expire at 9pm, 9th January 2019.
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