For many years architects have claimed to be engineers of social change. They argue that a well designed school will result in children getting better examination results, and that a good hospital will help patients recover more quickly.
On the grand scale they claim that good urban design can improve the quality of life for whole cities, resulting in less crime, and healthier lifestyles for everyone.
But is it true?
Is all the ‘evidence’ anecdotal, or is there real data that proves that good design makes a difference? This conference will examine the impact architects can make. And it will debate some of the new ideas that are emerging to make towns and cities safer, greener and more attractive places to live and work.
The speakers include many leading international architects, and social and political leaders addressing real design challenges. There are also experts on social change, sustainability and diversity issues.
The whole programme has been designed to encourage networking between delegates and speakers, and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
The theme of the conference ties in with the theme of the 10th International Architecture Biennale, which will be taking place in Venice at the same time. Indeed, as part of the fee for attending the RIBA conference all delegates will receive a complimentary ticket to the Biennale exhibition.
Special deal for group bookings. Buy 9 tickets and get the 10th ticket free
Getting there - Venice is well served by a number of budget airlines, with direct flights from London, Bristol, East Midlands, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Bournemouth and Manchester. Typical fares are around £100 return. We have reserved accommodation in a number of nearby hotels at specially discounted rates.