Events & Courses2018-12-29T09:53:48+00:00


This seminar will explore the daily ethical dilemmas faced by architects, from employment decisions to selecting projects and specifying materials. You will have the opportunity to reflect on these ethical issues, discuss them with fellow professionals and decide how and why to take an ethical stance in today’s world.

30 January 2019
2pm to 4:30pm
Newton Building, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
0115 828 4226 ​ | ​
Member – £46+VAT

Business of architecture: exploring ethics in practice
Architects face ethical dilemmas on a daily basis, from employment decisions to selecting projects and specifying materials. Whilst there is an increasing awareness of these challenging and sometimes complex issues, there are few opportunities to reflect and discuss them with fellow professionals and decide how best to take an ethical stance in today’s world.

The seminar will cover:

  • Your people: HR and employment best practice
  • Your projects: better projects: better outcomes
  • Your clients: how to influence the decision makers
  • Your supply chains: people and products
  • Social value: defining and improving your impact
  • Community work: how to work directly with community groups and consider varied perspectives
  • The UN Sustainable Development Goals: a framework for ethical practice

The speakers will explore the topics above through practical scenario workshops, which will present examples from practice to encourage dialogue and debate. Some of the tools and materials available to support ethics, ethical decision-making and ethical practice will be explored and you will be guided through the significant evidence base around why it’s important for you and your practice to engage with these issues today. The speakers will challenge and discuss the evidence and data which currently mounts to a strong business case in favour of ethical and sustainable practice.

This session is for architects working in small, medium and large practices; those working both nationally and internationally. It will explore a broad evidence-base and scalable steps towards ethical practice.

Alasdair Ben Dixon, Collective Works
Alasdair is a founding partner of Collective Works and trustee of Architecture for Humanity UK. He has long held a commitment to finding a better way for architects to balance the needs of the wider community with the needs of their clients and stakeholders. During his career, he has advised on ethical issues within a large established practice, an architectural charity and in the day to day running of a small practice. He has been recognised for his work and is now contributing to the RIBA Commission on Ethics and Sustainable Development as well as speaking on topics such as responsibility and social value. Alasdair is also a fellow of the RSA.

Carys Rowlands, Royal Institute of British Architects
Carys Rowlands is a barrister and the Head of Professional Standards at the RIBA. Carys’ work for the RIBA involves professional standards, professional conduct issues, dispute resolution and ethics in architecture. Carys has written publications in collaboration with the UN Global Compact titled The UN Sustainable Development Goals in Practice and Ethics in Architectural Practice and has supported the RIBA Ethics and Sustainable Development Commission throughout 2018. Carys has also overseen the Institute’s external work on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and continues to lead the RIBA’s engagement with the work being undertaken across the industry, aiming to eliminate modern slavery in construction. Carys is passionate about raising standards of professionalism and driving forward ethical practice through debate and discussion.

Core Curriculum topics

  1. Architecture for social purpose
  2. Health, safety and well being
  3. Business, clients and services

How to book


This seminar will demystify the regulations and help you understand how to apply health and safety design risk management on your projects. CDM should be utilised as a collaborative tool, developing the design and construction process to enhance health and safety in the built environment, ensuring that we consider design implications through reductive steps.

12 February 2019
6pm to 8:30pm
Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD
0207 307 3606 ​ | ​
Member – £46+VAT

CDM 2015: your essential guide to Designer duties

You, as architects, are best placed to manage the health and safety risks of your designs on the construction workforce and must apply practical knowledge in design risk management. The speaker will aim to demystify the regulations and help you understand how to deliver your duties. CDM should be utilised as a collaborative tool, developing the design and construction process to enhance health and safety in the built environment, ensuring that we consider design implications through reductive steps. This forms an integral part of the review process; it is not a ‘bolt-on’ considered after design decisions have been made.

This seminar will illustrate how CDM can add coherency in the consideration of design implications, while also adopting a ‘practicable’ approach to risk. This will give you, as Designers, an appreciation of your obligations within CDM 2015 and provide guidance on how to critically examine your work, giving proportionate consideration to avoiding, reducing and controlling hazards.

This seminar will cover:

  • Background to the passing of the CDM legislation and it’s development to today
  • Other relevant construction legislation of which you should be aware
  • The CDM process timeline on projects
  • CDM 2015 Duty Holders and their obligations
  • CDM as a creative and collaborative process
  • CDM as the management of risk, rather than of health and safety
  • Considering the hierarchy of risk
  • The differences between ‘safety’ and ‘health’
  • The definition of ‘Designer’ as described under CDM2015
  • Understanding the Designer’s duties with regard to hazard and risk
  • Practical guidance in the understanding of hazards to consider in the design process


Peter Waxman, Multiplex CDM
Peter Waxman, director of CDM at Multiplex Construction, has been a RIBA Chartered architect for nearly 30 years, and has undertaken the coordination of CDM for over nineteen years. He has delivered more than 200 successful CDM projects and he has extensive experience in providing CDM workshops to architects and other construction professionals. Peter is a Technical Member of IoSH and an incorporated member of the APS (2015). He also holds a further master’s degree in Art and Architecture. Peter is a member of the RIBA Health and Safety Expert Panel and the APS’ London Regional Committee.

Alan Mead, Multiplex CDM
Alan has over 17 year’s post-qualification experience and has been responsible for the delivery of professional health and safety advice and CDM services to a range of public and private Clients. Alan joined Multiplex in July 2015 and provides CDM advice to Principal Designers and Clients on a number of projects. Previously, Alan worked for Capita Symonds in a similar role. He is a chartered member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health, an incorporated member of the Institute of Building, an incorporated member of the APS and is registered with Occupational Safety and Health Consultants.

Core Curriculum topics

  1. Health, safety and well being
  2. Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance
  3. Business, clients and services

Seminar fees

  • RIBA/CIAT members £46 + VAT
  • Non-RIBA members £92 + VAT
  • RIBA student members £15 + VAT

How to book
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