James K Thorp, Symposium Live Blogger

James K Thorp, Symposium Live Blogger

This week the fourth annual RIBA Research Symposium will be held at the institute’s headquarters at Portland Place, London. The theme for 2009 is ‘Changing Practices’, taking an introspective look at the profession and providing an opportunity for debate on the challenges and opportunities that architectural practice faces now and in the future.

Throughout Thursday, I will be live blogging the Symposium for ribablogs.com, with live updates and information on the wide variety of presentations from the speakers, along with a record of the debate that ensues.

The day will be arranged into four sessions:

Session 1 – The Evolution of Practice – An examination of the history of the profession with presentations from Simon Pepper (University of Liverpool), Tatjana Schneider (University of Sheffield) and Albena Yaneva (University of Manchester). This session looks at the changing nature of public sector practice, architects that have expanded the field of architecture beyond buildings, and the reconnection of practice and meaning.

Session 2 – Organization of Practice – A review of how practices are structured and managed with presentations from Jim Saker (Loughborough University), Keith Bradley (Feilden Clegg Bradley) and Harriet Harriss (Oxford Brookes University). This session looks at the concept of adaptability of buildings, the evolution of a leading practice, and how architectural principles can be applied to other disciplines.

Session 3 – Ideology of Practice – An exploration of the ideologies and belief systems that have shaped architectural practice with presentations from Jonathan Charley (University of Strathclyde), Liza Fior (muf) and Stephen Hill (Beyond Green). This session aims to critically examine the myths and assumptions of architectural practice, and looks at the role of the professions in the leadership challenges of a sustainable world.

Session 4 – Future of Practice – Looking at alternative deployment of architectural intelligence with presentations from Christian Derix (Aedas), Robert Webb (Quiet Revolution) and Indy Johar (00:/). Covering a range of topics including the use of computer simulation to transmit design experience, the architecture of energy (including a parable about clever monkeys), and Community Generative Urbanism.

In addition to the sessions above, the Symposium will hear an opening address from Ruth Reed (RIBA President), a keynote speech from Anne Lacaton (Lacaton and Vassal) and a presentation from Jeremy Till (University of Westminster).

As an architecture student at the Manchester School of Architecture who has just completed an eventful year out in architectural practice in one of the most challenging periods for the profession, I am particularly excited to be involved in this year’s RIBA Research Symposium. With a personal interest in the widening role of architects in areas such as climate change, social issues and political decision-making, the day is certain to be informative and insightful for someone in the process of entering the profession, as well as established practitioners.

Return to ribablogs.com throughout Thursday 24th September for the latest updates on the Changing Practices Symposium.

For bookings and further info visit: http://www.architecture.com/WhatsOn/Conferences/2009/ResearchSymposium2009.aspx

About James Thorp
Part 2 student at the Manchester School of Architecture.

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  1. Henry Amos

    September 24, 2009

    Will there be video casts/transcripts available in the future too?

  2. Bethany

    September 29, 2009

    Hi Henry,

    The video presentation by Jonathan Charley should be available by the end of this week on architecture.com/research

    The transcripts need to be written, edited and illustrated, but they will also be published on our webpages early 2010.

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