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Design risk management: managing health and life safety

02 June 18:00 - 20:30
Organized by: RIBA London
Venue: RIBA
Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place

Risk is often misinterpreted as being a malign influence on projects leading to injuries or deaths, business failures, or other catastrophic events. However, risk can also bring enormous rewards, benefits and success when it is channelled appropriately. Design risk management is, or indeed should be, a core skill of all architects or other overarching designers of civil engineering or other building structures. It is the proportionate consideration and integration of all related design issues that contribute to the final design solution on all building projects.


Every project is unique with its own challenges and opportunities which need to be weighed up by the entire project team and a collaborative solution agreed. Where alternative views occur, the Principal Designer needs to reconcile these and with the client’s buy-in orchestrate an appropriate design solution.


This seminar is intended to help project leading designers understand the methodologies and processes by which good design risk management can be executed and allow other specialist designers to realise how they can assist the process.


Speaker: Paul Bussey, AHMMPaul is an architect with over 40 years of experience in Architectural practices in both the UK and abroad. Having worked as a team member and project architect on a multitude of projects he has experienced design risk management in all its manifestations.

He currently leads AHMM’s Building regulatory technical contributions on CDM, Fire and Inclusive design on a wide range of projects across the practice facilitating compliance with design excellence.


Speaker: Tony Putsman, XPS LimitedA chartered civil engineer and qualified trainer and coach, Tony developed a keen interest in the people aspect of construction whilst working for major contractors including Taylor Woodrow and Kier International. He set up his own risk management consultancy in 2002 and has worked with clients in all sectors of the industry, as well as leading professional institutions including the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Tony is co-author of Practical guide to using the CDM Regulations 2015 - Teamwork not Paperwork, ICE Publishing, published in April 2015.