Best time slots for additional CPD

We at RIBA West Midlands always like to hear what times and formats are most convenient for our members and everyone else attending our events. What is your preference when it comes to additional CPD events? It would be great if you could take some time to vote in the poll below or leave us other feedback!

Policy update

The policy environment for architects and the construction sector overall is changing swiftly with the advent of new frameworks, legislation and regional structures. The National Planning Policy Framework (draft stage), The Localism Bill and Neighbourhood Planning, the recently published Housing Strategy, as well as the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships within the regions, and the upcoming Mayoral referendums are bound to have a significant effect on regional business and the planning environment.

The RIBA is engaging with Whitehall, as the recent HomeWise campaign, the creation of the Future Homes Commission and the news of RIBA being consulted on housing design by Government illustrate. We at RIBA West Midlands are also working to keep abreast of local policy developments and build links with local Government and business on behalf of our members.

Recently we have been involved in supporting a Property & Construction LEP Forum and lobbying for a stronger involvement of architects and the construction sector in the work of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership. We are also being consulted through the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce on the powers and responsibilities of a possible Mayoral system after the referendum in 2012, and are due to attend a briefing with the leader of the opposition, Ed Milliband.

What counts most in all this are your views and feedback – in changing times your opinion needs to be heard. To find out more or to get involved with helping to shape the new legislative and political frameworks, get in touch with our West Midlands office in Birmingham.

If you are interested in the topic of Localism you might also want to attend RIBA West Midlands’ Localism Breakfast Briefing in January, and register for the Planning Portal’s ‘Planning for Growth’ conference.

BAApp Walking Architecture

The BAApp Walking Architecture is finally ready to download! With the BAApp Walking Architecture you can experience the best of Birmingham’s architecture in real time as you’re walking the city – for free.

If you haven’t done so already, download BAA’s and RIBA West Midlands’ brand new iphone app in the app store. You can also check out the current library of buildings and tours on the sister website Walking Architecture.

RIBA Forum Debate

Regulation of the architectural profession, and particularly protection of function and title, are a hotly contested topic – especially now in economically tough times for the construction sector – and so it didn’t come as a surprise that this week’s debate on aforementioned topic was not for the faint-hearted!

After an introduction by host and RIBA Regional Chair, Anthony Clerici, our two debaters, Alun Nicholas of Amcanu’n Uchel and Philip Singleton of Facilitate Urban took to the stage to argue for and against protection of function, before handing over to the audience.

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Boughton House Estate Tour

BAARIBA West Midlands and Landscape Institute Midlands’ tour of Boughton House Estate last Sunday was a great success and well-attended! Enjoy some of the views in the gallery below.

Grand Designs Live

RIBA West Midlands very much enjoyed this year’s Grand Designs Live show at the NEC Birmingham and so did the local architects who took part in the ‘Ask an expert’ stand, which was booked up and buzzing most of the weekend. RIBA chief executive Harry Rich also attended on Saturday and presented RIBA’s new HomeWise campaign to improve the quality of newly built housing to the general public, alongside George Clarke. Kevin McCloud also made an appearance at the ‘Ask and expert’ stand where he gave a free consultation to two lucky competition winners!

Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to the RIBA West Midlands’ new blog! As time goes by we hope that this will be place where you can find out about our work in the regions, including our events, tours and exhibitions and let us know your opinions and ideas.

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