Events & Courses 2018-07-12T11:16:17+00:00

RIBA Business planning: building resilience in your practice
Are you looking for a more structured approach to growing your business by developing a business plan? Would you like to improve your business skills? This seminar will enable you to develop your business plan, with tips to make the plan relevant for your business and the financial know-how to support growth and will aim to empower you to improve your business skills.

An effective business plan defines your business objectives, goals and the action plan for success. It is a living blueprint for running and growing your business, referred to regularly to ensure you are on course to meet goals, financial targets and operational milestones.

This seminar will enable you to develop your business plan, with tips to make the plan relevant for your business and the financial know-how to support growth and will aim to empower you to improve your business skills.

This seminar will cover:

  • How a company vision can instill a sense of purpose and improved team engagement
  • The most practical Business Plan format and components
  • Best practice for defining goals and the common mistakes
  • Breaking down goals into quarterly, monthly and weekly objectives
  • The identity shift required by you to prioritise these critical planning skills
  • Importance of a cashflow forecast and case studies of how to use one to make important numbers-based decisions. Critical strategies for practices to improve cashflow will also be explained
  • Practical, time-efficient planning for practice owners, starting with financial and marketing plans. The marketing plan being a major oversight for too many practices
  • How to regularly measure results and the three most important KPIs any practice needs to measure that directly impact commercial performance.


Parag Prasad, London Business Coaching
Parag, managing director of London Business Coaching and certified ActionCOACH business coach, has coached more than 40 architecture practices to tangibly improve commercial performance and develop their teams.

He’s been running seminars for 10 years and spoken about business skills in the profession at numerous RIBA events including Guerrilla Tactics and the Future Leaders programme, helping to deliver the goal of empowering architects to improve their business skills.

Chris Williamson, RIBA Vice President International said the following about Parag Prasad: ‘When I was appointed the RIBA Ambassador for Business Skills in 2015 I knew Parag and his team could play a big part in delivering our ambitious vision for our profession.

‘Numerous case studies and the RIBA Client Survey have stressed the importance of the measurable commercial improvements achieved when architects learn business skills and are coached on their application by an experienced coach. Parag’s coaching has worked for Weston Williamson and London Business Coaching are an essential resource for our profession.’

Course fees
RIBA/CIAT members £65 + VAT
Non-RIBA members £92 + VAT

Core Curriculum
1. Business, clients and services

How to book
Numbers are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first book and pay basis. Book your place on this course using this Eventbrite link. For alternative booking methods, contact relevant regional office.

​Looking to consolidate your skills and knowledge in the new Principal Designer role?
Need some training to give you the confidence in your skills?

  • 2 August 2018, 10am to 5pm
  • RIBA, 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD
  • ​0207 307 3606 ​ | ​ ​ 
  • receiptMember – £195+VATSince the Health and Safety Executive’s CDM 2015 Regulations came into effect in 2015, the RIBA has been offering a range of half, one and two day courses on the Principal Designer role. These are the only Principal Designer Courses offered by the RIBA.RIBA’s accredited Principal Designer course define and provide adequate ‘skills, knowledge, experience’ to a professionally agreed standard. To show awareness and capability to deliver this role there is an industry expectation for professionals to demonstrate attendance and knowledge attained. Following completion, an attendance certificate will be issued showing that you attended the RIBA-accredited course.You will also be given the opportunity to participate in an online exam, after which successful delegates will be issued an exam result certificate. Alongside your attendance certificate, this could be useful should a client, stakeholder or external body require evidence that you have the industry standard skills, knowledge and understanding of the principal designer role.Course content and structure
    The interactive 6-hour course is divided into two sessions. The morning session focuses more on practicalities of CDM Regulation, whilst the afternoon session explores case studies provided by course leaders, as well as your own ongoing projects.

    This course is designed and developed by Paul Bussey and Tony Putsman, and will be delivered by both speakers.

    Paul Bussey, AHMM
    Paul is an RIBA chartered architect with over 30 years’ experience, working within both large and small practices both in the UK and abroad. Paul is currently Technical Consultant at, the Stirling Prize 2015 award winning practice AHMM Architects. He has developed a technical expertise in the application of all types of building related legislation and constructional guidance.

    In parallel he provides CDM, Principal Designer, Fire Strategy Engineering and Inclusive Design services as well as Quality Management and Project Compliance Services. He sits on various HSE, RIBA and CIC Health and Safety expert committees and is an IMaPS member of the Association for Project Safety.

    Paul was part of the CITB/HSE Industry Guidance team for Designers under CDM 2015, and has authored ‘CDM 2015: A Practical Guide for Architects and Designers’ (RIBA Publishing).

    Tony Putsman, Xenophon Project Services Limited
    MICE, C.Eng., AIEMA is a qualified civil engineer and experienced Project Manager. For the past 40 years, he has worked across all the major sectors of the Construction Industry, moving from a hands-on, project delivery role into a training and development specialist, and is a leading advocate of team-based risk management.

    He set up his own risk management consultancy in 2002 and is currently working with clients in the energy, rail, off-shore, house building & refurbishment sectors, promoting a strategic approach to project risk management through enhanced collaborative working. He is co-author of ‘Practical guide to using the CDM Regulations 2015 – Teamwork not Paperwork’ (ICE Publishing).

    Tony is a professional trainer and a member of the ICE Health & Safety Expert Panel. He has represented the ICE on the CIC Health & Safety Panel since January 2013, and has been vice chair since July 2014 and sits on the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC).

    Seminar fees

    • RIBA/CIAT members £195 + VAT
    • Non-RIBA members £275 + VAT

    Core Curriculum

    1. Health, safety and wellbeing
    2. Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

    Courses in the RIBA Principal Designer Series will provide you with knowledge and guidance to enhance your existing skills, knowledge and understanding as ‘designers’, enabling you to assume the Principal Designer role on ongoing projects. For more information on other courses in RIBA Principal Designer Series, click here.

    For more information on course content and 2018 programme contact RIBA CPD Manager, Mona Devereau or call 0207 307 3848.