June Meeting – 6 June 2017

If you do want to get involved ‘behind the scenes’ of the WSCA, help and ideas are always welcome.

We meet for a drink and a chat, normally once a month, but do get in touch for more information.

Following on from the successful Biophilic design lecture at the Hive and the launch of the Worcestershire Architecture Awards, we will be finalising arrangements for the awards and exhibition as well as planning for events later in the year.

Our next meeting is Tuesday 6th June at 7.30 at Bolero Bar and Kitchen in Worcester.

Worcestershire Architecture Awards

The Worcestershire Architecture Awards will be launched this year! We are in the process of finalising the details so keep an eye on our website and twitter feed, as well as email updates, for more information. If you are a local artist, or know one, and would be interested in making some bespoke awards for this first landmark year, please get in touch (mail@ribaworcestershire.co.uk)! It could be sculpted from clay, or honed from timber – we are open to ideas!

Biophillic Design Seminar: Tuesday 9th May

Biophillic Design Seminar: Tuesday 9th May in the ‘Studio’ at the Hive, Worcester. Arriving from 18.15 for an 18.30 start. The seminar will be 45 minutes, plus questions. Afterwards we will convene in a local pub for a sociable drink! Please email mail@ribaworcestershire.co.uk if you plan to attend.

“Biophilia (meaning love of nature) focuses on human’s innate attraction to nature and natural processes. It suggests that we all have a genetic connection to the natural world built up through hundreds of thousands of years of living in agrarian settings. It is a term popularized by American psychologist Edward O Wilson in the 1980’s, when he observed how increasing rates of urbanisation were leading to a disconnection with the natural world. With high rates of migration to urban settings in the developed world and soaring rates in developing countries – Biophilia is of ever increasing importance to our health and well-being in the built environment. Biophilic Design uses these ideas as principles to create a human centred approach that when applied improves many of the spaces that we live and work in today, with numerous benefits to our health and well-being.

Oliver Heath is an industry recognised expert in the field of sustainable architectural and interior design. With strong media and presentation skills, he has also presented television programmes since 1998. As a qualified Domestic Energy and Green Deal assessor he frequently acts as a media spokesperson for the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Energy Saving Trust and the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP). He is a regular speaker at Ecobuild and Grand Designs Live. He is a trusted voice of authority in interior design having written 3 books.”

April Meeting – Finalising Design Awards

Our next get together will be on Tuesday 4th April at 7.30pm at Bolero Bar & Kitchen. At that meeting we are going to review the ‘briefing’ document for the competition, and we are looking to send a draft out in advance for comment – if you would like to attend please email mail@ribaworcestershire.co.uk.

It’d also be good to make some progress on our ‘logo’ so we can put this on the brief. Please could you bring any ideas you have along, then we can review these and hopefully choose one.

We have made contact with the Guildhall as a potential exhibition venue and will report on this. We will also decide who we are going to invite to do judging.

We can also have a general discussion if there is anything else anyone wants to raise. There are a couple of visits in the pipeline that the Chair will table.

March Meeting – Planning the Worcestershire Architecture Awards

RIBA Worcestershire Society of Chartered Architects are meeting again on Tuesday 7th March at 7.30pm at Bolero Bar & Kitchen on Foregate Street in Worcester.

The main focus of the WSCA this year is to run a local awards programme.

The Manchester Society of Architects already runs a successful awards scheme (http://www.the-msa.co.uk/ma-awards/).

The Worcestershire Awards will help us to raise the profile of architects and architecture locally. We’re really excited about this initiative and this next meeting is to pull together the categories, eligibility criteria and programme etc.  Come along with some thoughts to help us get this off the ground this year.

If you can’t come along to the meeting, watch out for the awards scheme going live this spring!

Don’t forget, if you know someone who is interested in becoming a member of the RIBA at any level and hasn’t yet got around to it, if you ‘refer’ them for membership (https://www.architecture.com/RIBA/JoinTheRIBA/Membership.aspx) and they join, you will receive a £25 bookshop voucher! The more people we get involved, the better.


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