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An architect's guide to designing out terrorism

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

There is nothing new about terrorism in the UK and we have learnt a lot from its history over the past 100 years and beyond. This seminar will help you understand terrorism and terrorist tactics, allowing you to make decisions that could save lives.


This interactive seminar will provide an explanation of the current terrorist threats and how they may evolve in the future. Using case studies of actual attacks and exemplars across a range of typologies and scenarios, as well as original videos demonstrating how attacks have been planned and executed in the past, this seminar will focus on how building design, products and processes can be used to reduce opportunities for terrorist’s activity, as well as casualties should a terrorist attack occur.


The seminar will include sections on:

- Blast, and how good design can mitigate the effects

- Glazing types to reduce casualties

- Understanding hostile vehicle mitigation

- Building lockdown

- Design measures e.g. mail rooms

- Protecting heritage buildings


A multi-media terrorist attack will be played towards the end of this seminar, where you are encouraged to come up with design solutions that could prevent or reduce causalities and injuries had this scenario been real.



Speaker: Chris Phillips, IPPSO LtdChris is a consultant, speaker and recognised counter terrorism expert. He has written articles and is a commentator on policing, security and counter terrorism on all the main media outlets. He is a very experienced trainer. As head of the NaCTSO he was responsible for the crowded places protective security project. The role involved providing counter terrorist advice to the crowded places sector, including architects, hotels, stadiums, shopping centres, visitor attractions and licensed premises. Chris is a graduate of the City and Guilds, a fellow of the Security Institute (SyI) and a fellow of the Chartered International Institute of Security and Crisis Management (CiiSCM).


This seminar will provide you with helpful and practical tips on running a successful practice and is targeted at both experienced and less experienced practitioners.


Whether the practice wishes to grow, move into new sectors, or simply maintain its current operation, this interactive session will explain why a plan is important, covering the following:


Internally focused concerns: operational factors


- Your business and future aspirations

- Understanding your strengths and the possible threats

- Impact on working capital and cash flow at times of growth and recession

- Using practice data to maximise profit

- Your business plan, implementation and monitoring

- Your office team, using unique skills

- Planning for uncertainty, considering resilience


Externally targeted issues

- Understanding your markets and trends, maintaining a competitive edge

- New sectors, diversification of service, opportunities and risks

- Increasing your profile, targeting changes in perception

- Getting the message out there and using social media


Implementing and monitoring the plan


This CPD will focus on “How you can achieve your targets and build in resilience”, using case studies with an interactive exercise and helpful tips


Speaker: Peter Farrall, University of LiverpoolPeter is an architect with 25 years’ experience as a partner at a small multidisciplinary firm of architects and quantity surveyors, Design Group Chester (DGC). In 2015, he became a full-time member of the academic staff at Liverpool University School of Architecture, where he is responsible for delivering practice management lectures and running the fourth year of the MArch programme. Prior to joining DGC, Peter worked for a number of larger practices in the North West. He is closely involved with the RIBA, President Emeritus of the Liverpool Architectural Society, and has served on the National Council.