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Making the Difference: Design Practice as Research - RIBA Research Symposium

The 2006 RIBA Research Symposium, Making the difference: design practice as research, will take place on Friday 24 November at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1.

Many architects are driven by the desire to 'make a difference' through design with a social engagement, and this one-day symposium looks at practice as research through personal reflection, collective action, and by contributing or responding to social policy.

The event, convened by Katherine Heron, Head of Architecture at the University of Westminster, will feature presentations from Professor Leon van Schaik, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; Richard Blyth, University of Tasmania; Tony Lloyd-Jones, Yara Sharif, and Gill Lambert, University of Westminster; Fred Manson, CABE design review panel member; Susan Francis, Future Healthcare Network; Susannah Hagan, University of East London; Peter Barber, Peter Barber Architects; and Philip Marsh, dRMM Architects.

During the symposium, RIBA Vice President for Education, Simon Allford, will present the first annual RIBA President's Research Awards. The 2006 awards will be presented for outstanding PhD research and academic based research. A call for entries to the 2007 awards, for outstanding PhD research and outstanding practice based research, will also be announced.

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