ArchitEx Conference Programme

The programme for the conference this year will focus on larger architectural practices, contractors and developers on day one by looking at design innovations, place making, housing and the pipeline of development in the region. 

Day two offers more practical advice for smaller architectural practices who are looking for ways to win more work and develop partnerships and better working relationships with clients.

Tuesday 15 November

10:00 - 11:00 Opening session

Max Steinberg CBE, Chief Executive, Liverpool Vision

Planning, designing and building Liverpool's Future
Mark Kitts, Assistant Director, Liverpool City Council

Joining up the dots... Making sense of connectivity
Kate Willard, Chair of the Board, The Atlantic Gateway

Download Mark's presentation here

11:00 - 12:00 Innovations in Building Design

This session will explore the technical and creative developments that are pushing the boundaries in the built environment. Hear from those at the forefront of architecture, learn more about the latest trends and gain an insight into visions for the future of building design. This session will include a look at the latest innovative materials, products and technologies.

Chair: Mick Goode, Chair, RIBA North West and Director, Croft Goode Architects

Design and construction is a social process; 3 ideas to bring people and process together
Martin Watson, Partner and Director of Operations, Brock Carmichael Architects

KEYNOTE: Ellen van Loon, Partner, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)

Download Martin's presentation here

12:00 - 12:30 Coffee break and exhibition time

12:30 - 13:15 Place Making and Urban Design for a Northern Powerhouse

This session will hear from key figures in planning, who will present the latest thinking and practice in urban design and discuss strategies for creating successful places in the North West for the benefit of communities and commerce.

Chair: Mick Goode, Chair, RIBA North West and Director, Croft Goode Architects

Housing Growth - an urban opportunity
John Sampson, Associate Director, URBED

Transforming cities through placemaking
Andy Roberts, Partner and Head of Urban Design, Planit-IE

The Uniqueness of the North - creative collaborations and the celebration of place
Andy Thomson, Partner, BCA Landscape

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13:15 - 14:30 Lunch and exhibition meetings

14:30 - 15:15 Development Landscape in the North West

Developers from both the private and public sector will present their plans and project pipelines over the next five years, within the North West. Hear from the people leading some of the region's projects on what they need from the industry, and what they believe is critical to the success of their schemes. 

Chair: Peter Roberts, FCIOB, MAPM, The Chartered Institute of Building

Greater Manchester developments
Chris Findley, Assistant Director Planning, Salford City Council and Planning Lead, Greater Manchester

The future development landscape
Phil Mayall, Development Director, North West, Muse Developments

15:15 - 16:00 Coffee break and exhibition meetings

16:00 - 17:00 The Future of Housing

This session will examine the latest thinking in housing design and sustainability, including discussion on issues around the emerging PRS market. 

Chair: Julian Brooks, Network and Programme Manager, Good Homes Alliance

Three approaches to estate regeneration: Refurbishment, Reinforcement and Remodelling
Alex Ely, Principal, Mae

PRS and housing generation rent
Adam Darby, Associate - Director, Assael Architecture

Case Study: Shortlisted for Stirling Prize with Trafalgar Place, Elephant and Castle, London
Philip Marsh, Founding Director, dRMM

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17:00 Networking Drinks Reception

A chance for speakers, exhibitors and attendees to network and discuss the issues covered throughout the conference sessions.

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Wednesday 16 November

10:30 - 11:30 A How to Guide of Practice Essentials

Hear from experts on business and management essentials to achieve sustained success in your practice. Presentations and panels in these sessions will cover advice on marketing and getting noticed by clients, practical tips on how contracts can help you work more effectively.

CHAIR: How to run a practice and have a work/life balance
Lisa Raynes, Founder & Director, Pride Road Ltd

Creating smart contracts
Sarah Fox, Author, 500-Word Contract(TM)

Branding and marketing your practice
Paul Iddon, Managing Director, Agency Spring

The Business of Architecture: Do you really have a strategy?
Briony Lumb, Director, Briony Lumb Associates

11:30 - 11:45 CDM 2015: A practical guide to the Principal Designer role
Damini Sharma, Managing Director, OM Safety Solutions Ltd

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11:45 - 12:45 Understanding what clients want

Nigel Ostime, Chair of the RIBA Client Liaison Group will present the results of the RIBA Working with Architects Client Survey 2016 - the first such survey to be carried out in the construction industry.

Nigel Ostime, Chair of the RIBA Client Liaison Group and Project Delivery Director, Hawkins\Brown

The client’s perspective
Cathy Mocke, Design Director, Select Property
Lisa Raynes, Founder & Director, Pride Road Ltd

12:45 - 14:00 Lunch and exhibition meetings

14:00 - 16:00 Design and Delivery

Hear from leading architects in the North West who will draw on case studies and award-winning projects to share how they go about delivering their vision; with practical advice on how to deliver on time, on budget and with the client on side. 

Chair: Ged Couser, Architect Director, BDP

Creative working relationships
James Sibson, Architect, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Creating better spaces for learning
Eleanor Brough, Associate, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

Delivering Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool
Ged Couser, Architect Director, BDP

Private House, Cumbria
Simon Erridge, Director, Bennetts Associates

Designing to make a difference through a collaborative approach
David Duvall, Director, Denovo Design

Download Eleanor's presentation here

End of conference

Apply for your free pass to attend the conference

If you are an architect, planner, specifier, contractor, surveyor, engineer or construction manager, you are invited to attend this conference free-of-charge.

The conference will offer you CPD points through the CPD Certification Service. There will be people scanning badges into the conference theatre this year to prove your attendance. Please ensure that your badge is scanned should you wish to receive the CPD certificate for the time you spend at the event.

There is a charge of £495 for the two-day event for suppliers wishing to attend, unless you are exhibiting. Passes for exhibiting companies are free-of-charge for all staff and you will be given a separate link to register your staff. If you have any queries then please contact Jo Tyler, Event Director -

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