Plenary Sessions 

Plenary session 1

Thursday 11 May 2017, 09:00 - 10:00


Lord Foster is undoubtedly the world’s most famous architect. His work is unparalleled in terms of global reach, depth and accolades. He has done more than any other architect to progress the design of the office building.

Projects dating back to the early 1970’s such as Reliance Controls, IBM Pilot Office and Willis Faber and Dumas in Ipswich through nearly half a century of fabulous office buildings to today’s extraordinary Bloomberg building here in London.

Lord Foster’s illustrious career offers an insight into the design of office buildings that is simply unparalleled.

I am absolutely delighted that Norman has agreed to deliver the Keynote address and to be ‘in-conversation’ with Paul Finch.”  Ken Shuttleworth

Plenary 1

Plenary session 2 

Thursday 11 May 2017, 10:45 - 11:45


London, along with New York, one of the only genuine “world cities”, has demonstrated an extraordinary resilience for centuries.  Yet, as the Chinese quote doesn’t quite go – we live in interesting times.  Perhaps most pressing for every crystal ball: what on earth will be the impact of leaving the European Union on this great, open, diverse and welcoming capital city?  How does the rest of the world see us, and how will we look in the years to come?  To shine a light on this, and much more, Gerard Lyons, the leading Brexit Economist and former Economic Adviser to Boris Johnson, Sir Christopher Meyer, star of the diplomatic service, and former British Ambassador in Washington and Jamie Rubin, former Assistant Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton and political commentator.

Plenary 2

Plenary session 3

Thursday 11 May 2017, 11:45 - 12:30


The way we work in offices is constantly evolving. Long gone are the serried ranks of benches and cellular offices. They have been replaced with agile desk working, break out spaces and total flexibility of work place settings, or environments. The office has become part playground, part technical home but above all it is now a meeting place … a forum bringing together ideas. The panel will debate where we are now and how we will work in the future.

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Plenary session 4

Thursday 11 May 2017, 13.30 - 14:00


Ole Scheeren is one of the architecture world’s original thinkers. His explorations take him beyond conventional boundaries and engage with culture, meaning and imagination.  Ole’s work can be conceptual and theoretical, yet he has built some of the most thought-provoking buildings of our age. We are delighted that Ole is contributing to the conference.

Plenary 4

Plenary session 5

Thursday 11 May 2017, 14:00 - 14:45


Old perceptions of the City and west end as locations are being blown apart by the rise of the ‘Tech’ industries. Now all the old rules have been questioned and anyone can go anywhere. Moves to the previously less developed East End and West to Battersea which seemed inconceivable only a few years ago are now common place. The impact of Crossrail and HS2 will fundamentally change people’s perception of what makes a good office location. Perceptions are changing and the panel will debate the effect this is having on the map of London.

Plenary 5

Plenary session 6

Thursday 11 May 2016, 14:45 - 15:45


The focus for far too long has been on the building itself rather than the people who use them. Is there finally a move away from fan-coils and a re-think about natural ventilation? Saving energy and applying science to facades is now the new normal as is the re-use of existing buildings. The recent trend has been for ‘Wellness’ now on everyone’s lips but, is it all it’s cracked up to be? We will examine the ‘trouble’ with Wellness in its drive for us to rethink the way we look after our people. There are many forces pushing us to rethink the environmental question. The focus must be to look at the individuals rather than the corporation.

Plenary 6

Plenary session 7

Thursday 11 May 2016, 16:30 - 17:00


“There are lies, damn lies and architects perspectives!” In the age before computers, architects where regularly in trouble for getting their hand drawn perspectives completely wrong. Thankfully, those days are long gone and now we have some of the most sophisticated tools in the world to help us place our ideas and see what they look like without false truths. Today there is no hiding place! Prepare to see computerised London as you have never seen it before!

Plenary 7


Plenary session 8

Thursday 11 May 2017, 17:00 - 18:00


Where on earth do we go from here? What does the future hold for the professions involved in the built environment? There is now a growing cross-over between the technology involved with the virtual world and that in the real world. We are at the beginning of a radical journey into the future beyond our imagination. What used to be science fiction is here now spanning the gap between Hollywood blockbuster and real world communities. We will explore the future and the un-thinkable!

Plenary 8