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A series of events specifically for those involved with building housing. These sessions provide an opportunity for those working in, or with, home-building local authorities and housing associations, to share ideas, experiences and learn about best practice. To subscribe to our Building Homes network please get in touch.

Thu 10/12/20, Half Day, 9.45am–12.45pm
Zoom
Related Events: Building Homes

The world of housing funding is complex and ever changing. We will examine current funding routes and requirements including what the White Paper proposals might mean for housing funding.

Speakers include:

  • Valerie Conway and Debbie Lloyd, Development Consultants, David Lock Associates
  • Rachael Hickman, Head of Housing Delivery and Compliance, GLA
  • Roland Karthus, Director, Matter Architecture
  • Steve Partridge, Director, Savills
  • Yolande Barnes, Chair, Bartlett Real Estate

This session is only open to our Building Homes Members.

Thu 28/01/21, Half Day
Zoom
Related Events: Building Homes

For those involved in public housing, delivery and management, to share ideas, lessons learnt and best practices. This session will discuss challenges in designing outside areas – recycling and refuse, safety, vehicle management and space design.

Wed 24/02/21, Half Day
Zoom
Related Events: Building Homes

Housing is only ever as good as the people who design and deliver it. This session will provide tips on how to get the best from your partners and consultants.

This session is only open to our Building Homes Members.


Tue 16/03/21, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Building Homes

Proposals that never leave the drawing board are of no help. We will look at  how best to ensure your homes are completed and used.

This session is only open to our Building Homes Members.

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Thu 05/11/20, 9.45am–1pm
Zoom

Whether you are working with existing communities or new residents, we will talk through how best to consider the needs of the people who will live near or in the housing you are building.

Speakers include:

  • Catherine Greig, Founder & Director, Make:Good
  • Andrea Jung, Development and Design Manager & Public Practice Associate, LB Newham
  • Arman Nouri, Regeneration Engagement Manager & Public Practice Associate, LB Enfield 
  • Sophia de Sousa, Chief Executive, The Glass-House Community Led Design 
  • Dinah Bornat, Director, ZCD Architects
  • Matt Griffiths-Rimmer, Director of Communications and Partnerships, Hadley Property Group

We can offer non-members wishing to attend places for the following costs; £30 for individuals, £125 for groups of five and £260 for groups of ten. Get in touch to book your place. 

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Thu 22/10/20, Half Day AM, 9.45am–12pm
Zoom
Related Events: Planning

This seminar explores the experience of setting up a Design Review Panel, how this works alongside  wider quality management process and how this has supported great places, hearing from organisations developing housing who have established a panel.

Speakers include:

  • Tom Sykes, Quality & Design Team Lead, Commercial Development, Transport for London
  • Chloë Phelps, Head of Design and Commercial, Deputy CEO, Brick by Brick
  • Jade Huang, Design Advisor, Design South East 
  • Ben Hull, Strategic Design Manager, LB Newham
  • Kathy MacEwen, Design Review Consultant

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Thu 16/07/20, Full Day
Zoom
Related Events: Building Homes

At the heart of any good scheme is a deep understanding of context. We will look at how to develop and use this knowledge to inform your work.

This event includes a Building Homes discussion in the afternoon.  Your booking will include both morning and afternoon sessions and you are welcome to attend either or both of these.

This session is only open to our Building Homes Members.


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Thu 16/07/20
Zoom
Related Events: Building Homes Network

For those involved in public housing, delivery and management, to share ideas, lessons learnt and best practices.

This event follows the Understanding Sites & their Potential event in the morning. Your booking will include both morning and afternoon sessions and you are welcome to attend either or both of these

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Thu 04/06/20, 10am–12pm
Related Events: Building Homes

Everyone wants a high quality home in a good neighbourhood. This session will look at how to tell if your scheme will deliver this.

Agenda

Overview: Critical aspects of housing quality and current challenges from a practical perspective – Sadie Morgan OBE (DRMM)

Design Quality Challenges: Perspectives from Borough, Architect, Developer, Housing Association and Community – Elliot Kemp (GLA), Anisha Jogani (LB Croydon), Irene Craik (Levitt Bernstein), Selina Mason (Lendlease), Luke Riley (Swan Housing), Steve McAdam (Soundings) and Kruti Patel (Metropolitan Workshop)

Panel Discussion: Housing Quality in changing times

This event is an introductory session to the Building Homes series. We’re offering complimentary places to anyone who wants to find out more about the series and what we're exploring and discussing over the next 10 months.

If you are not already a subscribing member please get in touch to book your place. 

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A specialist series of events tailored for anyone involved in using, participating or managing design reviews to share ideas, updates and best practice with panellists and panel managers.

Tue 09/02/21, Half Day
Related Events: Design Review

Many reviews look at similar issues. In this session we will share experiences and the type of advice given.

This session is only open to our Managing Design Review Members.

Wed 31/03/21, Half Day
Online
Related Events: Design Review

For anyone involved in using, participating or managing design reviews to share ideas and updates.
Past Event

Wed 23/09/20, 2–4.30pm
Palestra
Related Events: Design Review

An opportunity to discuss the implications of the White Paper on Design Review

Speakers include:

  • Paul Dodd, Urban Design London
  • Chris Lamb, Design South East
  • Chris King, Place Services
  • Trovine Monteiro, Built Environment Manager, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning
  • Deborah Denner, Frame Projects

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Thu 28/05/20, 4–5pm
Related Events: Design Review

For anyone involved in using, participating or managing design reviews to share ideas and updates. Come and contribute to ideas about how UDL can provide more information about Design Review in London on their website.

For any Councillor who has an interest in placemaking and design; these sessions share knowledge, discuss topical issues and present emerging policy and research.

Thu 04/02/21, Half Day
Online
Related Events: Councillor's Network

For any Councillor who has an interest in placemaking and design; these sessions share knowledge, discuss topical issues and present emerging policy and research.
Past Event

Tue 20/10/20, 9.30am–12pm
Zoom
Related Events: Councillor's Network

How does the planning white paper affect Councillors? A round-table discussion on the potential impact of Planning for the Future in our neighbourhoods and the role of the planning committee.

Non-members wishing to attend please email us to reserve your place.

Past Event

Tue 09/06/20, 10am–12pm
Related Events: Councillor's Network

This network event will share latest research, guidance and best practice, with a briefing on how boroughs are managing streets to support their Covid-19 responses. 

Agenda

Understanding how people use changed streets and design options to support best behaviour - Deborah Saunt (DSDHA)

Design considerations for different types of school streets - John Dales (Urban Movement) 

TfL School Guidance - Rachel Buck (TfL)

National Covid-19 response guidance for local authorities, Neil Manthorpe

Brixton Town Centre & Working with BIDs - Joel de Mowbray (LB Lambeth)



For members in the first 10 years of their career our network events offer a chance to meet and learn from other inspiring young practitioners.

Tue 26/01/21, Half Day
Online
Related Events: Young Practitioner's Network

For members in the first 10 years of their careers to meet and learn from other inspiring young practitioners.
Past Event

Thu 22/10/20, Half Day, 2–4pm
Zoom
Related Events: Young Practitioner's Network

For members in the first 10 years of their career; to meet and learn from other inspiring young practitioners.

In this session we will be looking at the Planning White Paper proposals and what skills and experience young planners may need in order to successfully apply them.

Speakers include:

  • Joe Dale, MHCLG
  • Christopher Waller, London Borough of Redbridge 
  • Lauren Kehoe, London Borough of Hounslow
  • Marissa Looby, GLA
  • Fabrizio Matillana, LB Enfield
  • Robbie Kerr, ADAM Architecture
  • Amanda Rashid, LB Hounslow

Non-members wishing to attend please email us to reserve your place.

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Wed 24/06/20, 10–11.30am
Related Events: Young Practitioner's Network

We’ll be hearing from a range of industry professionals about how being creative in this period of uncertainty is supporting them and their practice.

Speakers include

  • A miniature memoir from an artist in lockdown - Hanna Benihoud, Freelance artist and architect
  • Working with the local community to reallocate street space for people as we come out of lockdown - Jemma Hall, LDA
  • Hubbub’s research into Covid-19 impact on the way we get around, what we eat and how we can build back better - Sarah Divall, Hubbub


For those who want to learn the basics of good design, either because they find themselves in a new role where they need to learn about design, or because they want a refresher session.

Thu 11/03/21, Full Day
Online
Related Events: Intro Level Courses

Explaining the main issues involved in designing great streets and public spaces.
Past Event

Thu 26/11/20, Full Day
Zoom
Related Events: Intro Level Courses

This introductory session is a must for all teams involved in designing, managing or assessing our built environment.  It will set out what urban design is and why it is so important to our communities, as well as the principles behind creating great places investigating replicable and exemplar case studies.  This event is a useful refresher or for those just starting out on understanding how our places work, look and feel.  

Past Event

Thu 17/09/20, 9:45 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 15:30
Zoom

Looking at the fundamentals of designing great homes and neighbourhoods.

Speakers include: 

•    Eleni Sathi, Associate, Hunt Thompson Associates
•    David Birkbeck, Design for Homes
•    Mellis Haward, Archio
•    Mark McGechan, Director, RM_A Architects
•    Paul O'Neill, Director, Bryden Wood (Architects)

Learning outcomes:

•    Understand the key characteristics of good housing design

•    Looking at three levels of development:
1.    Wider - Being able to relate a development to the wider neighbourhood – knitting the development into the wider context
2.    Site - Understanding how parts of a development work together – outside spaces, semi private and private spaces, tenure/mixed use and housing types plus common areas inside buildings
3.    Home - Identifying aspects of good design in the home environment.

•    Examining two case study examples looking at all levels

•    Breakout discussions on all three aspects and learning from key feedback (suggest look at Housing Design awards videos and drawings).

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Tue 12/05/20, 9.45am–12pm
Related Events: Intro Level Courses

An opportunity to learn what urban design is and the basic principles behind creating great places.

Agenda includes:

National Design Guidance, Esther Kurland, UDL

Street design basics, Paul Dodd, UDL

Housing design fundamentals, Susan May, UDL

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Round-table conversations on specific projects, policies or issues. These smaller session will be an opportunity to talk to others facing similar challenges and learn from each other.

Tue 02/03/21, Half Day
Online
Related Events: Focus Groups

Round-table conversation on delivering capital programmes. This small session will be an opportunity to talk to others facing similar challenges and learn from each other.

Thu 25/03/21, Half Day
Online
Related Events: Focus Groups

Round-table conversation on managing markets. This small session will be an opportunity to talk to others facing similar challenges and learn from each other.
Past Event

Tue 17/11/20, 2–4.30pm
Zoom
Related Events: Focus Groups

This session will look at how we plan for, design and deliver useful public spaces in new developments. We will start by unpacking new research on what people want from public space by Max Farrell of the LDN Collective and Tony Leach and Dr Meredith Whitten of Parks for London before discussing the challenges faced in delivering these aspirations. We will then present ideas on how these challenges can be met in the future and use case studies to illustrate where best practice has already achieved great spaces.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Meredith Whitten 
  • Tony Leach, Chief Executive, Parks for London
  • Max Farrell, LDN-Collective
  • Marie Burns, Landscape Architect
Past Event

Thu 23/04/20, Half Day
Related Events: Focus Groups

Round-table conversation on managing regeneration in central London. This small session will be an opportunity to talk to others facing similar challenges and learn from each other.

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