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RIBA at Conservative Party Conference 2020

Due to the global pandemic, Conservative Party Conference is being held entirely online this year. The RIBA will be hosting two online panel sessions, each focusing on two key areas for the built environment; planning and sustainability.

  • today 5 October 2020. Event 1: 3 to 4pm, Event 2: 6.30 to 7.30pm
  • place Online
  • call Should you require any further information or if you would like to submit any questions to be asked at any of these events, please email us.

Event 1: How can ‘Planning for the future’ deliver the high-quality well-designed homes we need?

Monday 5 October 2020, 3pm to 4pm

Launched in August, the government’s white paper Planning for the Future sets out a vision of a planning system that delivers high-quality housing across England to support “levelling up”, as well as get first-time buyers on the property ladder. Planning for the Future sees design and quality as crucial elements to creating the communities in which people want to live. Key proposals include employing chief officers of design and place-making in each local authority, as well as using locally agreed design codes.

In partnership with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the RIBA are hosting an online panel session to discuss the government’s planning white paper ‘Planning for the Future’ in detail.


  • Chris Pincher MP, Housing Minister (pre-recorded message)
  • David Simmonds MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Planning
  • Victoria Hills, CEO, Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Alan Jones, President, Royal Institute of British Architects
  • Joseph Kilroy, Policy & Public Affairs Manager – Ireland, Chartered Institute of Building
  • Tamara Hooper, Policy Manager, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Register to attend

Sign up online to register.

Event 2: How to get ‘net zero’ housing done

Monday 5 October 2020, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm

The UK government has stressed that demonstrating leadership on climate change remains more important than ever, and that means getting on track to meet its net-zero target. What is required to actually “get net-zero housing done” and to ensure the economic recovery from coronavirus supports a transition to net-zero? The RIBA and the Institute for Government discuss this in more detail.


  • Philip Dunne MP, Chair of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee
  • Gary Clark, Chair of the RIBA’s Sustainable Futures Group, and Regional Leader of Science + Technology at HOK
  • Tom Sasse, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Government
  • Emma Norris, Director of Research at the Institute for Government (Chair)

Register to attend

As our event, in partnership with the Institute for Government, is being held within the virtual conference zone, those who wish to join must ensure they register as an ‘Observer’ on the Conservative Party Conference website to gain access. This is free for anyone who wants to tune in to any of the events. For full details on how to access the RIBA and IfG event, see below:

  1. Register as an ‘Observer’ on the Conservative Party Conference website. After you have registered, you will be sent an email which will include a unique registration code which you will have to use to log in for the event.
  2. On the day of our event, log in to enter the virtual conference zone with your unique registration code. Once you have successfully logged in, you will be presented with a screen that looks like a virtual conference hall.
  3. There will be various doors on your screen, click on the door that is labelled ‘Fringe’.
  4. You will then be taken on a bird’s eye tour of the different fringe tents, search the screen for the Institute for Government tent.
  5. Outside the tent, there will be a chalkboard listing the day’s events and when you click to enter the tent you will see a screen with details of our event.
  6. You’re in. The event will begin promptly at 6.30pm.