We can’t stop it raining but we can build to reduce the damage caused by flooding

This Master class brings together leading experts in the field to give you an opportunity to see a wide variety of responses to this change, prototype homes and the latest waterproof technology.

Speakers include the international award-winning practice BACA, recognised around the world for its innovations in flood-resilient architecture and RIBA 2014 Award winning exemplars by 5th Studio and Cowper Griffith. We will look at flood management, the part played by ecology and open space, whether flood plain development should be allowed and the European perspective.

This seminar will be of interest to built environment professionals, local authority decision makers, home owners and those interested in the built environment.


  • Nicholas Falk, Founder director of URBED. Economist, urbanist and strategic planner: The European perspective
  • Craig Elliott, Environmental Agency: Flood management in England
  • Ben Mitchell, Partner, Peter Brett Associates: Floodplain development – to be allowed or not to be allowed?
  • Roger Shrimplin, Architect / Planner: Planning Policy Background
  • Richard Coutts, BACA: The future house BACA
  • Tom Holbrook, 5th studio: Retrofit exemplar – Wildfowl Cottage
  • Chris Cowper, Cowper Griffith; Arboretum – the upside down house
  • Eoghan Sheils, Sheils Flynn Landscape Architects: Blue and green infrastructure – linking water management, ecology and open space around buildings