conference agenda

Innovation in the development and specification of materials for the construction industry is at the heart of the conference agenda for 2018. With two packed days of talks from industry knowledge leaders, you’ll be sure to find seminars that will expand your awareness of the ever-changing world of materials for architecture, construction and design.

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Ruth Slavid returns as Conference Chair
We are very pleased to welcome Ruth Slavid back as Conference Chair. A freelance writer, editor and consultant who specialises in architecture, landscape and lighting, Ruth has written for a wide range of magazines and organisations, as well as chairing conferences, judging awards, lecturing, giving CPD sessions and leading an architectural walk. She is the author of seven books on architecture and has a degree in metallurgy and materials science from the University of Cambridge. Click to view bio

WED 25 APRIL

11:00 am

Opening Address

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11:00-11:30 Through the lens of materiality, an integral part of the studio’s work and design process, Nick will speak about the studio’s commitment to finding innovative design solutions, with a ...

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11:30 am

The compelling sustainability case for aluminium in architecture: infinite recyclability and long-term durability

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11:30-12:00 The compelling sustainability case for aluminium in architecture: infinite recyclability and long-term durability will discuss the role of aluminium in the built environment and human cult...

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12:00 pm

Innovations in zinc building envelopes: timeless aesthetics and versatile function

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12:00-12:30 The presentation will give a brief history of zinc and show how it has been used by architects over the last 200 years. Modern advances in technology will also be highlighted thus showing ...

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12:30 pm

Lunch

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12:30-13:30

1:30 pm

Materials in modular construction

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13:30-14:00 Timber, concrete, steel, hybrid solutions? What is the correct approach to choosing the structural options for modular frames? We will review the bases of design of the materials and the c...

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2:00 pm

Copper and copper alloys for facades: advanced architectural approaches

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14:00-14:30 This presentation explores copper's transformation to a thoroughly modern material for contemporary architecture. It will explain the natural, protective oxidisation and patination process...

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2:30 pm

Flint, the versatile stone

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14:30 - 15:00 The Flintman Company have a special interest in exploring creative and innovative ways of working with the material. In doing so they explore and expose the inherent beauty of vernacular...

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3:00 pm

Expanding possibilities: the performance characteristics of auxetic materials, and their application as architectural systems

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15:00-15:30 This talk will introduce the topic of auxetic materials, what they are and how they lead to important enhancements in properties of interest in architecture. Examples will be presented of ...

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3:30 pm

3:45 pm

The new face of solar PV

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15:45-16:15 Translating latest R&D in Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPVs) into design and construction Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) provide an opportunity to integrate renewable ...

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4:15 pm

Bamboo – beyond the hype

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16:15-16:45 Separating the facts from the myths about the use of bamboo in construction Bamboo is frequently referred as a very sustainable, highly renewable and strong-as-steel material that could re...

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4:45 pm

Ceramics for sustainable architectural technologies: possibilities and innovations

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16:45-17:15 ECAlab will present their latest collaborative work with thirteen ceramicists which is currently exhibited at the RIBA North in the exhibition 'Cerámica'. We will explore the possibilitie...

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5:15 pm

Pushing the envelope

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17:15-17:45 A look at some recent case studies of innovative facades from concept to delivery Our understanding of materials and how they are to be incorporated into a façade is key to successful del...

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6:00 pm

Evening Reception

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18:00-20:00 A Young Researchers Forum will invite architects, specifiers, industry, and academia to become inspired by new and exciting material creations for the architecture and construction industr...

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THU 26 APRIL

10:00 am

Let’s make brick great again: evolution of brick cladding and concrete composites

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10:00-10:30 The presentation questions how masonry has been used as a primary load bearing material and how its role in buildings, and particularly facades, has become more cosmetic over time. Solutio...

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10:30 am

Low-carbon concrete: Latest advancements in sustainable concrete for a low-carbon future

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10:30-11:00 The presentation will provide the latest guidance on specifying sustainable concrete including low-carbon cements, recycled aggregate and responsible sourcing. It will include strategies f...

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11:00 am

Light, as a building material: Illustrations of structural lightness

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11:00-11:30 Studio Seilern Architects is interested in exploring how a particular theme could transcend across a variety of media, materials and craftsmanship. The theme of apparent structural lightne...

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11:30 am

11:45 am

Maggie’s Oldham by dRMM: Realising the potential of hardwood CLT

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11:45-12:15 Maggie’s Oldham floats above a garden, with a tree growing through the middle; bringing both nature and light inside. Designed by dRMM, winners of the 2017 Stirling Prize, the cancer car...

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12:15 pm

Disruptive timber: Engineered mass timber and cutting-edge CLT design at Oakwood Timber Towers

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12:15-13:00 The proposal by PLP Architecture, with University of Cambridge Centre for Natural Material Innovation, and Smith and Wallwork engineers, for an 80-storey. 300 metre mass timber and CLT tow...

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1:00 pm

Lunch

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13:00-13:45

1:45 pm

Developing a new approach to affordable zero carbon housing

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13:45-14:15 Manufacturer and architect working together to apply ceramic GRP technology for modular, highly efficient, zero carbon housing In their talk, Neven Sidor, partner at Grimshaw, and Anthony ...

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2:15 pm

Focus on fumes

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14:15-14:45 How high performance composites can minimise toxic fumes - as well as fire and smoke - in building & construction applications This seminar will cover the recent changes to Building &a...

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  • Mr Neil Gray Global Market Manager, FST Performance Systems - Scott Bader

2:45 pm

Down to earth: building at scale using rammed earth

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14:45-15:15 Rammed earth is an ancient building method, one of a number of techniques which use clay as a binder. Using unfired clay gives a number of benefits to the built fabric from temperature buf...

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3:15 pm

Can designers save the planet?

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15:15-15:45 The construction industry worldwide consumes about 50% of all raw materials mined and grown annually. For every 5 houses built in the UK, one house worth of material ends up in landfill wi...

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3:45 pm

Phase-change: the smart materials that offer ultimate thermal efficiency

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15:45-16:15 “The NewMass system is an exciting innovation in hybrid cooling systems. As climate change becomes more prevalent it’s important we invest now in more resilient low energy solutions to...

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SPEAKERS

Ms Ruth Slavid

Architectural Writer & Editor

Mr Jan Lukaszewski

Technical Manager

ALFED

Dr Hector Archila

CEO

Amphibia BASE Ltd

Mr Graeme Bell

Sales & Marketing Manager

Aurubis

Mr Duncan Baker-Brown

Architect, Academic, Activist

BBM Sustainable Design Ltd

Mrs Chris Coonick

Senior Consultant

BRE National Solar Centre

Dr Mark Dowson

Associate, Sustainability

Buro Happold

Mr Anthony Morgan

Director

Carbon Free Group

Mr Marek Behnke

Technical Manager

CEMEX

Dr Michael Ramage

Senior Lecturer

Centre for Natural Material Innovation, University of Cambridge

Mr Patrick Usborne

Associate

dRMM

Mr Paolo Vimercati

Associate Principal

Grimshaw

Mr Nick Ling

Technical Design Lead

Heatherwick Studio

Mr Rory Bergin

Partner, Sustainable Futures

HTA Design LLP

Ms Amanda Wanner

Senior Lecturer; Director

Leeds Beckett University; ECAlab

Mr Chris Loyn

Architect, Practice Principal

Loyn + Co

Professor Michael Stacey

Architect

Michael Stacey Architects

Mr Neil Dobbs

Senior Facade Manager

Multiplex

Mr Kevin P. Flanagan

Partner

PLP Architecture

Mr Simon Groves

Consulting Director

Ramboll

Ms Miriam Butti

Façade Engineer

Ramboll

Mr Rowland Keable

CEO

Rammed Earth Consulting CIC

Mr Neil Gray

Global Market Manager, FST Performance Systems

Scott Bader

Professor Andrew Alderson

Professor of Smart Materials and Structures

Sheffield Hallam University

Mr Cezary Bednarski

Founder-Director

Studio Bednarski Ltd

Mr Luis Monteiro

Director

Studio Seilern Architects

Mr James Walsh

Creative Director

studioanyo

Ms Elaine Toogood BA(hons) Grad Dip Arch RIBA

Senior Architect

The Concrete Centre

Mr David Smith

Owner

The Flintman Company

Dr Rosa Urbano Gutiérrez

Senior Lecturer; Director

University of Liverpool; Ecalab

Mr Jonathan Lowy

Operational Marketing Manager

VM Building Solutions UK

Mr Dave Lomax

Senior Associate

Waugh Thistleton