Events & Courses 2018-08-13T16:36:18+00:00


​Do you have a passion for conservation architecture? Do you want to develop specialist knowledge, skills and connections in the field? Are you interested in taking a route onto the RIBA Conservation register?

11 October to 19 October 2018
16 Brewhouse Yard, Clerkenwell, EC1V 4LJ
0207 307 3606 ​ | ​
Member – £545+VAT
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The RIBA Conservation Course is an important step on the ladder towards a specialism in conservation. It will provide you with a framework of knowledge and understanding to support your decision making process on projects and enable you to apply for recognition of your skills within the RIBA and other Conservation Accreditation Schemes.

The course is aimed at architects and other construction professionals who:
wish to develop their specialism in conservation architecture
want to develop practical knowledge and skills in conservation
wish to refresh their knowledge or formalise learning from experience in the field
need to provide evidence to support their application onto the RIBA Conservation Register and other accreditation schemes.

Course content and structure
This four-day course addresses the philosophical and practical requirements associated with the responsibility of working on a historic building. Attending the course will help you develop critical awareness and knowledge of conservation work and be of direct practical application. It is structured as a four day intensive course comprising three workshop based days and a practical application day.

  • Day 1 Philosophy and ethics
  • Day 2 Practical conservation
  • Day 3 Operational conservation
  • Day 4 Site visits and the RIBA accreditation application process

Course leader
Janie Price, Kennedy O’Callaghan Architects
Janie has a diploma in conservation from the AA and is accredited as SCA and AABC. Her work includes conservation architect for Bletchley Park and the Antarctic Heritage Trust. She is experienced in a wide variety of conservation work at all work stages, from mediaeval farmhouses to palaces and design guidance in conservation areas. She was co-speaker on the RIBA Conservation Course in 2017 and is an assessor for the conservation register for the RIBA and CARE.

Days 1 to 3 will be delivered by Janie, with a co-speaker and guest speakers where indicated. Speakers may vary from course to course to suit availability and location, however, the course content will remain consistent.

Course speakers
David McDonald, Historic Environment Training Ltd, co-speaker for day 1
Marion Barter, Marion Barter Associates Ltd, co-speaker for day 2
Andrew Shepherd, Andrew Shepherd, co-speaker for day 3 in some locations
Keith Knight, Dean Knight Partnership Ltd, co-speaker for day 3 in some locations

Other guest lecturers
Hugh Feilden, Feilden and Mawson
Aylin Orbaşli, Oxford Brookes University
Stuart Tappin, Stand Consulting Engineers

Course fee
RIBA/CIAT members £545 + VAT
Non-RIBA members £775 + VAT

The four day interactive course includes practical site visit, refreshments, lunch, learning materials and RIBA Conservation Course attendance certificate.

Core curriculum
1. Building, conservation and heritage
2. Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance
3. Procurement and contracts
4. Architecture for social purpose

How to book
Numbers are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first book and pay basis. Book your place on this course by clicking ‘Buy Tickets’. For alternative booking methods, contact the relevant regional office.


Architects need a strategy to secure new clients and develop a good relationship leading to repeat work. This seminar will show you how to improve your chances of securing more work, even when the competition is more experienced and have, on the face of it, better credentials.

4 September 6pm to 8:30pm
Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD
020 7307 3606 ​ | ​
Member – £65+VAT

Win, retain, repeat: an essential guide to managing client relationships
This seminar will show you how to effectively market and sell your skills and experiences, even with limited resources and a small budget. All you require is the determination, enthusiasm and a few hours each week to set aside to winning work.

This seminar will cover:
Effective marketing: developing a strategy and creating a pipeline of opportunities
Establishing a target list of potential clients: based on your ideal client, location and sector
Understanding client needs: understand their specific needs, communicate and build a relationship. The magic 3C + R formula will be explained
Ongoing communications with the client: how to put in place a client account management process so that you may continue to develop ongoing relationships with clients, stakeholders and influencers
Feedback, retention and referrals: the benefits of obtaining client feedback and using this feedback to create referrals and endorsement to help secure work with other potential clients

The speaker will explain how using these techniques will increase your chances of securing more profitable work.

Basil Sawczuk, Potentialise
Basil qualified as an architect in 1979. After a string of successful wins he was encouraged to become a full-time job winner or ‘rainmaker’. At the multi professional firm of DGI International Basil secured projects for many UK blue chip clients, going on to pursue an international role winning overseas work for large global clients. Basil has also been marketing director for WS Atkins Property Services and a regional law firm.

More recently he became marketing, business development and bid director for a major contractor focusing mainly on outsourced public sector work. Basil founded Potentialise in 2009, a consultancy firm advising on marketing and business development. He is the author of ‘Marketing & Selling Professional Services, Risk Avoidance for the Building Team, and Creating Winning Bids’.

Seminar fees
RIBA/CIAT members £65 + VAT
Non-RIBA members £92 + VAT
RIBA student members £15 + VAT

Other booking options
For more information on other seminars in Core CPD 2018, and Club Ticket booking, saving £250 per year, go to Core CPD 2018.

Core Curriculum topics
Business, clients and services
Procurement and contracts

This course is sponsored by Synergy