The Commonwealth Association of Architects is delighted to invite you to join season two of Continuing Professional Development for built environment professionals, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP), the Commonwealth Engineers Council (CEC) and the Commonwealth Heritage Forum (CHF). The aim of the programme is to facilitate knowledge exchange, to help promote mutual understanding and greater awareness of issues related to climate change and rapid urbanisation together with the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While targeted at qualified built environment professionals, we hope that season two will be of interest to policymakers, city leaders and students alike.
Season two comprises five sessions, commencing on 22 April 2021 and concluding on 20 May 2021. The 5 themes underpinning season two have been developed in response to a survey of the participants who attended last year’s pilot programme and to reflect on a range of key issues in the run up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda in June.
Register by clicking on the individual session title links below.
1. The Capacity Gap [22 April starting 10am UTC]
The aim of the session will be to consider the critical capacity gaps identified in the Survey of the Built Environment Professionals in the Commonwealth and how we might work together to address the underlying issues.
2. The Conservation Challenge [29 April starting at 10am UTC]
The aim of the session will be to review diverse international examples of heritage-led regeneration, draw together the lessons learned and develop recommendations for future action across the Commonwealth.
3. The Challenge of Climate Change [06 May starting at 10.30am UTC]
The aim of the session will be to consider what needs to be done to reduce the climate impact of infrastructure systems, who needs to do it and what the consequences will be if we fail.
4. The Challenge of Inequality [13 May starting at 6pm UTC]
The aim of the session will be to explore deep-rooted spatial inequalities that exist in many cities and city regions, together with recommendations to address them in order to achieve inclusive outcomes.
5. The Impact of COVID-19 [20 May starting at 11am UTC]
The aim of the session will be to consider the impacts of COVID-19 on the built environment and how built environment professionals can respond to the calls for us to ‘build back better’.
Each session will be held live on Zoom and will comprise a short framing presentation followed by a panel discussion with engagement from an external expert. Ample time will be given for Q&A. Due to the capacity of the zoom webinar we recommend you join 5-10 minutes early for each session so that you are guaranteed a place. The event will also be simultaneously live streamed to Vimeo should the Zoom reach full capacity. The recording will be uploaded on our website as soon as possible following the session.