Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Management

BIG MEET 9 – Leadership in place-making: beyond beauty

2 April 2019

BIG MEET 9 will focus on the complex question of local leadership in place making. In particular, as we gear up to produce more housing as a nation, we need to be careful that we are creating real places and communities rather than isolated and unsustainable estates. This will require a clear vision within local authorities and backing from Central Government to prioritise quality in design rather than development for development sake.

The agenda for the day will explore the national picture, examine the key components of placemaking, discuss the latest research evidence, and explore how localities are rising to meet the challenge.

BM9 will also host the launch of “Place Value and the Ladder of Place Quality“, a Place Alliance guide for decision making about the built environment, supported by the Design Network.

Through the Ladder of Place Quality, the report presents a simple tool for architects, planners, councillors, developers and citizens to quickly assess and advocate for high quality places when making policy, project or investment decisions that affect the built environment

Confirmed speakers: Matthew Carmona, Prof of Planning & Urban Design at UCL and Chair of Place Alliance – Dan Roberts, Senior Specialist in the Planning, Enabling & Development at Homes England – Frederic Saliez Deputy Director at the Brussels Liaison Office of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) – Katja Stille, Director at Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design – Carmen Mateu-Moreno, Future Place Project Manager at RIBA – Amy Harrison, Head of Learning and Participation at The Architecture Centre Bristol – Julie Tanner, Panel Manager at Creating Excellence – Esther Kurland, Director Urban Design London

More speakers to be confirmed.

Further details and bookings here

ICON 2019 Conference

ICON 2019 Conference: New Perspectives: Contemporary Conservation Thinking and Practice

12- 15 June 2019

#Icon19 provides the platform we need to engage with the latest developments in conservation of cultural heritage – to exchange knowledge, network with colleagues new and old, to support each other in our professional development and promote professional standards of conservation across the UK!

The Conference theme will explore the latest research, practical applications and innovative thinking across the sector.

Owing to popular demand, #Icon19 also features a greater variety of ancillary events than ever before!

Every registration includes a free ticket to the Opening Reception at Ulster Museum for a wine and a canape reception the evening of Wednesday, 12th June, and of course full access to two full days of seven parallel conference sessions at Belfast Waterfront.

In addition – join us for our all of the exciting events happening during our visit!

  • Full programme of tours of Belfast and the surrounding area during the day on Wednesday 12th JuneWatch this space!
  • Conference tour options will include:
  • A special reception for international delegates on Tuesday 11th June, aboard the historic SS Nomadic at Titanic Belfast – open to one and all! If you’re coming from afar, look out for your special discount code to register! If you’re coming from closer to home, please come along to mix and mingle and help us welcome our international colleagues!
  • Icon’s Formal Triennial Conference Dinner at Belfast City Hall on Thursday 13th JuneBooking now! Be seen – and feel free to bring your friends and family!
  • Tours of Belfast for friends and family on Friday 14th June, while you’re in the second day of sessions. Watch this space – booking opens soon!
  • Unwind in style at our Steam Jazz Night on Friday 14th June – feel free to bring your friends and family! Booking now
  • Regional excursion on Saturday 15th JuneWatch this space- booking opens soon!

There’s not a moment to lose! Register now and get in on all the action.

Protecting our Heritage Assets: Community involvement in recording and regenerating local heritage

19 March 2019
Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA

Tickets £35-155 from

As local authorities’ resources are further constrained, many are looking to local communities and experts for support in preparing heritage-related materials.  Ranging from undertaking conservation area appraisals, surveying for Heritage at Risk registers, drawing up evidence to support local lists of assets, communities are stepping into these roles with considerable success. This seminar is an opportunity to hear more about how this can be done and how to manage expectations.

This seminar will be of interest to local authority officers and councillors, civic and amenity societies, and consultants with an interest in planning, urban design, community action, and heritage management.


9.30am Tea and coffee on arrival
9.45 Welcome, Louise Thomas, HTVF Director
10am Networked Heritage, Oluwaseun Soyemi, Heritage Lottery Fund
10.30am Undertaking a Conservation Area Appraisal, Susy Shearer, local historian/ community engagement specialist, Windsor Neighbourhood Plan Forum
11am Q&A followed by tea and coffee
11.30am Telling your place’s story for the community and visitors, Rafi Ilivitzky, TrailTale
12pm How local authorities can use volunteers, Richard Tuffrey, former Design and Conservation Principal, High Peak Borough & Staffordshire Moorlands Council
12.30 Q&A
1pm Lunch
1.45pm Toolkits to support greater involvement, Louise Thomas, HTVF
2.15pm Introduction to workshop: Getting help on a community-led heritage project, Benjamin Parker, Heritage Trust Network
3.30pm Tea and coffee
3.45pm Peckham Coal Line – What community-led visions can do, Colin Sterling, Peckham Coal Line Steering Group
4.15pm Discussion
5pm Close

Kindly sponsored by Trailtale

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Working Together for Disaster Relief Conference

8 February 2019

How can the private sector better work with the humanitarian sector in pre- post-disaster reconstruction and development to reinforce local ownership and support localisation ?

This one-day conference is an opportunity for the private and humanitarian sectors to meet and consider how to work together to support and develop local capacity for longer term sustainability and resilience. It will take the form of presentations about current and proposed initiatives and collaborative workshops discussing various issues related to collaboration between humanitarian, governmental, academic, and private partners.

With the impact of climate change becoming increasingly apparent, humanitarian partnerships with private sector companies are set to the rise. This conference is focused on sharing information about, identifying and promoting effective ways for the private and humanitarian sectors to better collaborate to promote outcomes which support and reinforce localisation.

Attendance is free for the humanitarian, NGO and charity sector, with only a modest fee for private sector partners. It takes place at BRE, one of the world’s leading built environment research and testing organisations, with a mission to improve the built environment for all. BRE is also the developer of QSAND, on behalf of IFRC, which is the freely available shelter and settlement sustainability and resilience tool to aid disaster reconstruction. BRE’s demonstration facilities include a life-size, walk-through humanitarian shelter, which will be available for viewing during the conference..

Further details here

Destination High Street: restoring vibrancy to Scotland’s towns

7 November 2018

This conference, organised jointly by the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) and the Scottish Civic Trust (SCT) will explore the challenges faced by Scotland’s high streets and smaller town centres. Speakers will examine projects and schemes aimed at regenerating high streets and the conference will bring together experts on the subject tackling the issue from a range of perspectives. This is a rare chance to hear from people working at the cutting-edge of practice and policy.

Further details and bookings here