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Facing the future

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With a packed programme of star speakers and CPD seminars, RIBA Conference 2002 offers a combination of inspiration and practical advice There is still time to sign up for this year's RIBA Conference, which takes place on 11-12 June at Interbuild in Birmingham, and promises to be the high point of the architectural year.

A packed programme of speakers includes Ted Cullinan, who will talk about drawing skills;

Richard Murphy, who is presenting his education buildings and delivering a critique of PFI; Richard MacCormac, on the subject of art and accountability; Robert Adam on 'the Pastiche Problem';

Glenn Howells on his scheme at Timber Wharf, Manchester; and Elia Zenghelis, winner of last year's Annie Spink award, on the issue of educating tomorrow's architects.

Keynote speeches are complemented by a series of CPD sessions on practice issues such as marketing, with a range of events specifically aimed at the small practitioner, including one on how small practices can successfully compete for public sector work.

Sign up for either day, or stay for both and book tickets for the RIBA National Awards dinner on Tuesday night by calling 0121 233 2531 or e-mailing nancy. mills@member. riba. org. Look out for all 58 awards published in next week's AJ. The conference itself is free to RIBA members. Can you afford not to go?

To book your place at the RIBA Conference, call 020 7505 6719 or visit www. ajplus. co. uk/promotion/riba Other attractions at Interbuild include hundreds of exhibitors (visit the AJ on the Emap stand in Hall 4), and, also in Hall 4, the 50:50 exhibition, an overview of key developments in architecture over the last half century, and a look at likely changes over the next (see pages 16-36).

'Do it Differently', in Hall 6, is an exhibition of architectural projects which exemplify innovative methods, new ideas, and collaborative processes for solving problems that typically arise from traditional procurement and construction procedures. Designed by Wordsearch and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, the exhibition looks in detail at projects including Glenn Howells Architects'Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh;

Bennetts Associates' Wessex Water Operation Centre, Bath; Bauman Lyons' South Foreshore Promenade, Bridlington; Chetwood Associates' Sainsbury's, Greenwich and Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners' Eden Project.

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