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Conference Programme – Tuesday 25th April


09:00 - 09:30


09:40 - 09:45

Introduction from Conference Chair

09:45 - 10:00

Keynote Speech: Opportunities to ease London’s housing crisis, Andrew Boff

Andrew Boff, Chair of the London Assembly Housing Committee and Member of the London Assembly Planning Committee will discuss potential opportunities to ease London’s housing crisis. London is delivering less than half (and maybe only a quarter) of the new homes needed annually. This is putting increasing pressure on affordability for many Londoners. There are numerous REASONS given as to Continue Reading »

10:00 - 10:20

Brick, 2017 and beyond with Andy Batterham, Ibstock Building Products

  • Andy Batterham Head of Group Technical Services - Ibstock Building Products
10:20 - 10:40

Brick, ceramics and future architecture

Architects are reinventing the language of brick, and architectural ceramics such as terracotta and faience.  Meanwhile, enlightened manufacturers are building on the resurgence in ceramic art, whilst digital fabrication and traditional crafts merge. When architects, artists, manufacturers and engineers combine, the synergy leads to an expansion of architectural creativity. Alexis has spent his career working at the sharp end of Continue Reading »

10:40 - 11:00

Brick & Ceramics Panel Debate

11:00 - 11:20

Coffee Break

11:20 - 11:40

FRP Composites with David Kendall, Optima Projects

11:40 - 12:00

FRP composite materials in Architecture and Civil Engineering with Luke McEwen, Gurit

12:00 - 12:20
BFG, Composites UK, Optima Projects

Composites Panel Debate

12:20 - 12:40

Cross-Laminated Timber Modular Housing

A revolution in UK housing is underway with L&G’s CLT modular housing system.  The process will be a BIM-driven, highly-automated, truly modern, mass-production facility which will contain the UK’s first CLT manufacturing facility.  CADCAM technology will be embraced at a level yet to be seen on these shores to deliver timber homes, houses, apartments etc. from a factory in Yorkshire Continue Reading »

12:40 - 13:00

Timber structures for large buildings with Andrew Waugh, Waugh Thistleton

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20
Legal & General, Timber Trade Federation, Waugh Thistleton Architects

Timber Panel Debate

14:20 - 14:40

Glass: the space and light continuum

Bruce Nicol of Dow Corning will be discussing glass in architectural terms. Space and light are the two vital ingredients utilised in creating great pieces of architecture. It is glass is the key material that allows other construction materials to be manipulated to suit the project’s requirements. Ultimately, the seminar will offer an answer to the question: what has glass meant and what Continue Reading »

14:40 - 15:00

Structural design innovation in glass architecture with Tim Mcfarlane, Glass Light and Special Structures

  • Tim Macfarlane Managing Director - Glass Light and Special Structures
15:00 - 15:20
Dow Corning, GLaSS, Glass & Glazing Federation - GGF

Glass Panel Debate

  • Russell Day Deputy Director of Technical Affairs - Glass & Glazing Federation (GGF)
  • Tim Macfarlane Managing Director - Glass Light and Special Structures
  • Bruce Nicol Senior Business Development - Dow Corning
15:20 - 15:40

Coffee Break

15:40 - 16:00

Steel enabled applications in the built environment: a material for the 21st century with Jonathan Clemens, Tata Steel

  • Jonathan Clemens Head of Marketing - Construction and Infrastructure - Tata Steel
16:00 - 16:20

Steel Buildings – Design & Construction

16:20 - 16:40
Peter Brett Associates, Steel Construction Institute, Tata Steel

Metal Panel Debate

16:40 - 17:00

Structurally integrating different materials to enhance functionality from Vladimir Marinov, Arup

As designers we have become adept at understanding and exploiting the primary characteristics of the materials we use. Traditional materials still form the basis of our toolkit but they have their limitations. New materials bring us new forms, strength and flexibility. So how can we refine our separate approaches to design combinations of materials that enhance each other’s fundamental qualities Continue Reading »

17:00 - 17:15

Constructing our future, by Vinesh Pomal

  • Vinesh Pomal RIBA Presidential Ambassador for Young Architects; Architect - Levitt Bernstein
17:15 - 17:45

DEBATE: Article 50 and Architecture: how will you be affected?

The biggest meeting of architects since Article 50 was officially triggered will discuss the pro- and anti-Brexit arguments in a Question Time format.

17:45 - 20:00

Evening Networking Reception

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