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Annual RIBA conference and 'more fun' on Hyett's agenda

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RIBA president-elect Paul Hyett is to press for an annual conference for institute members. Hyett, set to start his two-year term of office on 1 July, told the AJ that the profession needs the event to kick-start an interest in CPD and 'make it fun'.

Hyett was critical of the way the architectural profession embraced new technology 'with gay abandon', but neglected to develop skills in other areas such as procurement, sustainability and even rewarding their teams.

He was impressed by the size and scope of the recent annual congress hosted by the American Institute of Architects, which attracted more than 25 per cent of the institute's 60,000 members and ran 156 seminars on subjects as diverse as urban regeneration and dealing with stress.

Hyett said the requirement to log 30 hours of CPD every year 'does not add up to much'.

He praised the annual conferences of architects in Scotland and Wales as 'cracking events' and pledged to resurrect the idea of a UK-wide conference which would count towards members'CPD.

'Why did 16,000 people turn up in Denver last month? Because it's a bloody good event, ' he said.

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