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Community engagement: collaborative design techniques

14 March 10:00 - 12:30
Organized by: RIBA London
Venue: RIBA
Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place

It is an ever-evolving landscape for design professionals, with increasing expectations placed on them to deliver community engagement for their commissioning clients, and a growing movement of community clients commissioning architects. There is also a shift in policy and financial constraints that place even more pressure on the design professions to be skilled and confident design enablers able to conceive and deliver effective community engagement strategies.

This interactive seminar will explore how to work with community stakeholders and clients through collaborative design processes. It will explore design engagement from the perspective of the designer, the commissioning client and a member of a local community invited into a design engagement process.

The session will include presentation material and case studies, discussion and interactive workshop activities focusing on:

Place quality and equality: how to engage non-professionals in conversations about how we shape our places and about the potential of great design to improve our opportunities, experiences and interactions ? Defining and exploring community-led, participatory and co-design processes ? Developing and implementing a strategy for community engagement in a design process ? Defining parameters and expectations for community engagement with both commissioning clients and local stakeholders ? Practical tools and approaches for engaging community stakeholders and local people in design processes ? Building social value and empowerment opportunities into design processes ? Working with community clients: what to expect and what to ask for

The seminar will provide you with practical tools and approaches to use in your own work.