The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has recruited Lord Foster in the battle to convince public sector clients that well-designed architecture can be affordable and cut longterm running costs. Lord Foster will speak at a day-long conference organised by CABE aimed at spelling out the benefits of welldesigned hospitals, schools and other public services. Chief secretary to the Treasury Andrew Smith MP, minister for the arts Alan Howarth MP, NHS Estates chief executive Kate Priestly and Southwark Council director of regeneration Fred Manson will also speak. The conference will take place on 6 February. Tickets cost £100 and can be booked on 020 7291 1641.