Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – All

Fit for purpose? Big data reveals the construction knowledge gap

21 September 2017

Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners hosts the launch of ‘Fit for Purpose’, a major Designing Buildings Wiki report at The Leadenhall Building.

The construction industry is changing, and so is the world around it. Buildings are becoming more complex, the supply chain more fragmented, and everything is moving online. Is the framework of knowledge that underpins the industry still fit for purpose?

Designing Buildings Wiki, the construction industry knowledge base, has undertaken the first ever comprehensive mapping of construction industry knowledge. ‘Fit for Purpose’ is the product of analysing 6 million pieces of data, tracking professionals from every part of the industry and at every level. This has generated remarkable visual maps giving never-before-seen insights into how construction knowledge works as well as how it fails.

In the wake of the Edinburgh schools defects and the Grenfell Tower tragedy, this timely report suggests the way the construction industry creates and shares knowledge needs to change, or more mistakes will be made.

The report will be launched by architect Dr Gregor Harvie, co-founder of Designing Buildings Wiki. Mark Farmer, author of ‘Modernise or Die’ will offer his own perspective on the state of the industry and the work we all have ahead.

Event details:

  • Arrive from 6:00pm. Allow 10 minutes for a bag check and ID check. You must bring ID with you, such as a bank card.
  • 6:30pm, welcome from the hosts, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners.
  • Introductions by David Trench CBE FCIOB, project manager and chair of Designing Buildings Wiki.
  • The industry context by Mark Farmer, author of ‘Modernise or Die’.
  • Report launch by Dr Gregor Harvie RIBA, co-founder of Designing Buildings Wiki.
  • Q&As.
  • Drinks and networking.
  • 8:00pm close.

Book early here as places are limited and available on a first come first served basis.

SCT CONFERENCE 2017: 50 Years of Conservation Areas

27 November 2017

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations and recognising that the Civic Amenities Act was passed in 1967, the Scottish Civic Trust’s next annual conference, in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland and The Institute of Historic Building Conservation, will tackle the theme of “Fifty years of conservation areas” – what has been learned, what has been lost, and what are the threats and opportunities in the future.

The conference will take place on Monday 27 November at the Trades Hall, Glasgow.

Watch this website for information on booking tickets.

In the meantime, click here to send us an email to express your interest in attending.

National Urban Design Conference 2017

7 – 9  September 2017

The National Urban Design Conference is run as non-profit making event to which everyone is welcome.

Practitioners from all disciplines are encouraged to attend: urban design is nothing if it is not multi-disciplinary.

There are well over 70 speakers and session chairs, all giving their time freely.

Download the brochure for details. Heavily subsidised public sector rates.

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Sapperton Symposium: Architectural History and Arts and Crafts in the Cotswolds

28 September 2017

A one-day symposium exploring the arts and crafts, architectural history and heritage of a Gloucestershire parish.

At this inaugural symposium, a programme of talks from acclaimed experts in conservation, heritage and arts will provide a unique insight into the Arts and Crafts design movement and how it fundamentally shaped the Cotswolds that we see today.

Delegates will see first-hand the impact of the movement and as well as explore the social and ethical context from which it arose.

The combination of talks and presentations will provide space in which to network with like-minded academics and professionals from the arts, heritage and conservation sectors.

Find out more about the programme and bookings here…



3 October 2017 Back to the Future flyer

The IHBC’s London Branch is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civic Amenities Act 1967, which established Conservation Areas, by looking ahead against a ‘background of reduced local authority expenditure and continuing uncertainty over funding’, in our ‘Back to the Future’ conference on 3 October, in London’s Royal College of Physicians.

The conference will cover a wide range of issues, including:

  • How are conservation areas perceived:
    does expectation match reality?
  • How can we protect their special character from inappropriate development?
  • What is the potential for post-war designations and how to engage communities?

This conference will be of relevance to conservation officers and other heritage professionals, town planners, urban designers, engineers, surveyors, architects, and archaeologists and as usual, we intend the presentations to be of nationwide interest, not solely London-focused.

Once again the venue will be Sir Denys Lasdun’s Grade I listed Royal College of Physicians (1960–64); an award-winning conference venue.

To find out more visit the website at