RIBA launches Future Leaders Programme for aspiring architects

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced details for a series of new seminars dedicated to the up-and-coming architects poised to take the leap into senior roles in practice.

The RIBA Future Leaders programme will help provide vital training and skills for architects to enable them drive the future direction of their profession.

Three afternoon seminars, held in March, May and July at RIBA, 66 Portland Place will tackle major topics that all future leaders will need to engage with:

15 March – Social Purpose

  • How can architects take the lead in projects with a social purpose?
  • How can practices lead in Corporate Social Responsibility?
  • Includes interactive sessions with leaders from Architecture Sans Frontières UK, UN Global Compact and the Social Value Portal.

10 May – Improving Outcomes

  • How do leaders of practices explain the importance of design quality to clients?
  • How can practices lead in Post Occupancy Evaluation to do so?
  • Includes keynote session with Sherin Aminossehe, Head of Government Property Profession in the Government Property Unit at the Cabinet Office.

5 July – Future Proofing

  • How to lead in securing your business against future challenges and take fullest advance of coming opportunities?
  • What lessons can large practices learn from small practices? How do we engender closer collaboration?
  • What are the major challenges facing the future leaders of the architecture profession? Includes keynote session with Daniel Susskind, Lecturer in Economics at Balliol College, University of Oxford, speaking about the future prospects of the architecture profession and professionalism.

Each seminar programme will take the form of three sessions which develop specific hard and soft skills:

  • Project and Practice Leadership – A presentation contextualising the seminar theme followed by three short presentations on leadership skills used on projects and in practice.
  • Professional Leadership – Interactive workshop followed by discussion and debate on professional leadership facilitated by RIBA staff.
  • Leadership in Context – Keynote presentation from a figure outside but close to the architectural profession to offer thought leadership and different styles of leadership.

RIBA President Jane Duncan said:

“Our bespoke seminars have been tailored to suit the exacting needs of architects on their way to the top.

“If you or someone in your studio is ambitious and determined to progress in our profession, I recommend joining the RIBA Future Leaders programme.”

For further information and tickets visit: www.architecture.com/FutureLeaders2016