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Are you ready for the AJ Summit 2021? This year, in association with the AJ’s RetroFirst campaign, the AJ Summit is going virtual. You can enjoy everything the summit has to offer from the comfort of your own home, or on the go. What’s even better is that this CPD accredited event is completely complimentary to attend.

On 25th March, The AJ Summit 2021 promises to bring architects and industry professionals alike the opportunity to connect, network and get updated on the very latest industry trends. This year’s theme will focus on how architects can respond to the climate emergency by embracing the whole-life carbon agenda and the principles of the circular economy. Attendees can expect to learn how they can take responsibility in adopting climate-responsible working approaches in their everyday working lives.

The summit will also encourage practices to come together, who want to or have pledged to promote an industry that has a more positive impact on the world around us.

What can you expect?

Attendees will be able to listen to key clients, guest speakers, architects and industry innovators as they share their expertise on the impact the industry is having on the environment, and how practices can best mitigate this.

So, with that in mind, we wanted to share a few of the sessions that have caught our attention.

Industry has Responded to the Climate Emergency - Thursday, March 25, 2021, 9:40 AM to 10:10 AM

Hosted by dmba and guest speakers Clare Murray and Clara Bagenal George from LETI, this session will delve into the release of the Climate Emergency Design Guide and the impact it has made on the industry so far. You’ll learn about how clients are using the guide to rethink their briefs, along with the developments it has already influenced across the industry.

Find out more about the 'Industry has Responded to Climate Emergency' session

2021: The Year of Climate Change Action - Thursday, March 25, 2021, 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM

With the UK set to host the UN Climate Change Summit COP25 later this year, Host Kunle Barker, Property Expert, Journalist and TV presenter will be joined by Gary Clark of HOK -RIBA Sustainable Futures Group to debate why the UK’s construction industry should be accountable and adopt RIBA’s 2030 Climate Challenge of designing and building net-zero projects.

Gary Clark will share his opinion and expertise on why the workforce must act now and become accountable for establishing a sustainable industry.

Find out more about the ‘2021: The Year of Climate Change Action’ session

Architecture: Understanding our Impact - Thursday, March 25, 2021, 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM

With many clients and as a result, architecture and design practices faced with the challenge of having to innovate to become more sustainable, projects must now consider factors such as zero-carbon, using biogenic materials and reusing in designs.

This session will uncover why architects must understand their role in how the designs that they create can impact the organisations and individuals that use them. Peter Fisher, Director of Bennetts Associates will share how architects and the entire industry can help companies become accountable in designing sustainable buildings. To create an environment that is more resourceful, more people-centric and materially richer.

Find out more about the ‘Architecture: Understanding our Impact’ session

Reuse First, New Build Second - Should we be Minimising New Builds? Thursday, March 25, 2021, 2:00 PM to 2:40 PM

This panel discussion hosted by Will Hurst, Managing Editor of Architect’s Journal aims to examine whether or not it is feasible for architects and industry professionals to minimise new builds and prioritise retrofitting existing buildings over demolition and rebuilds.

The panel will debate how and if the industry can collectively organise urban retrofit activities at scale to deliver significant environmental, social and economic benefits.

Find out more about the ‘Reuse First, New Build Second – Should we be Minimsing New Builds?’ session

Design in the Age of Emergencies - Thursday, March 25, 2021, 2:40 PM to 3:10 PM

Guest speaker Duncan-Baker Brown – Climate Change Champion at School of Architecture & Design University of Brighton, and Founder of BakerBrown will explore how the built environment is responsible for approximately 50% of all global CO2e emissions. He will delve into the role that architects have to play in this and consider potential solutions to the problems that the world is facing because of this; in a post-COVID-19 world.

Find out more about the ‘Design in the Age of Emergencies’ session