'New Professionals for the Built Environment' - a one day conference

New Professionals for the Built EnvironmentThe Royal Academy of Engineering’s four Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Centres' free one-day conference supported by the RAEng and CIBSE. 

The conference will be held on Friday the 13th of November 2015 10:00-16:30 at the Royal Academy of Engineering, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DG. Please register here to attend.

This event is to bring together representatives from different organisations across the architectural and engineering professions, including outreach bodies, universities, professional institutions and industry, who all contribute to and influence the recruitment, education, development and retention of young built environment professionals. This conference will highlight the shortage of built environment professionals with sustainable design skills and ​debate how to ​significantly increase their number to substantially reduce the environmental impact of the construction industry.

​The day will be chaired by Peter Bonfield​ ​OBE FREng, the Chief Executive Officer of the BRE Group of companies.

There will be an open debate in the morning led by an Expert Panel, which we are pleased to announce will include:

Bruce Arnold, Engineer and Director of Inspexions, Chairman of the IMechE Construction and Building Services Division.
Elrond Burrell, Associate Architect at Architype and public speaker on sustainable design.
Andy Ford, Professor of Building Systems Engineering at South Bank University, Fellow and Past President of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.
Lynne Sullivan OBE, Architect and founding Partner of SustainableBYDesign, Chair of the RIBA Sustainable Futures Group.
Emilia Targonska, Graduate Mechanical Engineer at Hoare Lea and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers Graduate of the Year 2014.
Alison Watson, Director of Class of Your Own and writer of numerous workshops for secondary schools which introduce professional construction skills to young people.
Jane Wernick CBE, Structural Engineer and Director of Jane Wernick Associates which is part of Engineering HRW, First Woman of the Built Environment 2013.

This panel discussion will fuel the afternoon workshops, which aim to make links across the different organisations and address the following issues:

  • How can we increase A-level students’ awareness of ‘Building Physics’ and 'Sustainable Design for the Built Environment’ and recruit them into Further/Higher Education?
  • What are the key skills industry requires to deliver sustainable design and how can education providers help?
  • How can professional organisations, accreditation bodies and industry work together to encourage and support courses that produce graduates with multidisciplinary understanding and skills in sustainable design?
  • With less than 50% of Engineering graduates staying in the Engineering field and less than 50% of registering Architecture students achieving chartership how can we work together to retain graduates in this specific field?
  • What CPD activities and research would bring about a significant improvement in the performance of our built environment to meet UK climate targets.