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RIBA Global Small Talks – Re building City living and social connectivity

July 17, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Global small talk – Re building City living and social connectivity post lockdown

We are delighted to announce the second instalment of the popular Global Small Talks series delivered by RIBA. This “in conversation” event will explore how architects and their fellow built environment professionals can respond to the changing needs of urban dwellers post lockdown and use global best practice to improve social connectivity.

Join the following panellists as they discuss the future of our cities;


Satwinder Samra – An award winning architect and educator. After graduating with a first class honours and distinction from Sheffield University he went on to work with Urban Splash, Proctor and Matthews and founded Sauce Architecture. He is currently Director of Collaborative Practice at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture. He supports leading architectural practices as an advisor and collaborator. Recent highlights include designing a new build hotel with William Matthews Associates.


Stephanie Edwards – ARB RIBA – Co Founder of Urban Symbiotics Architect, Masterplanner.

Stephanie Edwards is an Architect, Urbanist and Cofounder of Urban Symbiotics – an insight and research led multi-disciplinary design practice that focuses on the user experience to innovate architecture, masterplanning and the public realm. Urban Symbiotics have been recognised by the Design Museum and the London Festival of Architecture as a practice for their ‘architecture for a new generation’ whilst also being nominated for a h100 architecture and design award. They are leading on a Regeneration Framework in Croydon, working on the UN Habitat’s Future Cities Programme and ‘re-imagining’ the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton. Stephanie is also an elected Council member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and was also celebrated as a ‘force for change’ by Vogue, alongside Baroness Lawrence in the 2019 seminal September issue guest edited by HRH the Duchess of Sussex. She continues to focus on delivering social value through a variety of project types and scales to facilitate the building of inclusive, equitable and progressive communities.

Martyn Ware – Founder of The Human League, Heaven 17, British Electric Foundation -40-year career as record producer. – Founder of Illustrious and 3D soundscape designer/composer.

Founded Illustrious Co. Ltd. with Vince Clarke in 2000 to exploit the creative and commercial possibilities of their unique three-dimensional sound technology practice in collaboration with fine artists, the performing arts and corporate clients around the world. He also lectures extensively on music production, technology, and creativity at universities and colleges across the world. He has just been appointed the first ambassador for the international arts organizMemebation In Place Of War, and is a board member and trustee for the charity Street Sports Hope in Sierra Leone.

Rob Thompson – Rob is the creative director of RTU, an urbanist, and Town planner with over 30 years experience in the built environment. He is a member of both the North West and the Yorkshire and Humber Design Panel, as well as being a Sounding Board Member and Academician of the Academy of Urbanism and a member of the Urban Design Group.

Please note you will receive a link to the event via email a day before the event.