Public Spaces and the Role of the Designer: a symposium for practitioners

Wren Room Royal Institute of British Architects 66 Portland Place London

June 20 2017 - June 20 2017

This symposium is part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded research project, and is convened by Professor Susannah Hagan and Dr Neal Shasore of the Department of Architecture, University of Westminster, and hosted by the RIBA Research Department.

It will address the often ignored importance of design and designers in the production of (civic) public spaces, and examine the role of the architect in London during the mid-20th century, and the much more complex present, with a view to understanding possible futures for architects, urban and landscape designers, planners and councillors in this very important area of design.


Speakers include:

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  • New research applicable to current practice challenges: Thought leadership useful for specialist practices and larger practices with public realm design services.
  • Hear from panels of academic experts and specialist practitioners.
  • Identify and discuss models – procurement, contractual, collaborative design, and so on – that describe typical design and delivery of public space under the current political and planning regime.
  • Form potential plans of action for better professional collaboration between bodies like the RIBA and RTPI to champion better design and smoother delivery of public space.
  • Benefit from a ‘takeaway’ pack of learning materials for further CPD, including: Annotated bibliography.
  • ‘Takeaway’ pack of learning materials for further CPD including an annotated bibliography.