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Professional Practices in the Built Environment Conference

Practices Conference

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The nature and value of professional judgment and knowledge is increasingly being called into question as new technologies give access to new ways of working. This conference provides an opportunity for practitioners and academics to come together to understand and learn from different models of professionalism across Architecture and the Built Environment, over time and across the globe. The conference is part of the AHRC funded Evidencing and Communicating the Value of Architects project.

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Peggy Deamer

Peggy DeamerPeggy Deamer is Professor of Architecture at Yale University. She received a B.Arch. from The Cooper Union and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. She is a principal in the firm of Deamer, Architects. She is the editor of Architecture and Capitalism: 1845 to the Present and The Architect as Worker: Immaterial Labor, the Creative Class, and the Politics of Design. She is co-editor of Asymmetric Labors: The Economy of Architecture in Theory and Practice, Building in the Future: Recasting Architectural Labor, and BIM in Academia. She is the founding member of the Architecture Lobby, a group advocating for the value of architectural design and labor. Her current research explores the relationship between subjectivity, design, and labor in the current economy

Roger Flanagan

RRoger Flanaganoger Flanagan is a Professor at the School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading, UK. He was President of the Chartered Institute of Building in 2006-2007. He is a Visiting Professor at the Tsinghua University, Beijing, University of Hong Kong, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, University of New South Wales, Australia, and Chongqing University. Previously Visiting Professor in USA, Sweden, Norway, Kenya, South Africa, Turkey, and Croatia.

Roger's industrial experience includes previously being a member of the Board of Directors of Skanska AB for 10 years and a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of Halcrow Group (now CH2MHill) for 7 years. He has been a member of Board of Directors and Advisory Board member in USA, South Africa, Switzerland, Canada, and UK.

He has experience of working in UK, Middle East, USA, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Norway, South Africa, and has undertaken studies for the development of the construction industry in the UK, Canada, Malaysia, Sweden, Norway, and Estonia.

Rob Imrie

RRob Imrieob Imrie is Visiting professor in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths University of London and was previously professor of Geography at King's College London. He has recently completed a European Research Council funded project about 'universalism and universal design', and he is co-editor of the just published book Care and Design: bodies, buildings, cities (Wiley & Blackwell, 2017). He has a background in geography, sociology, and urban studies, and he has written widely about issues relating to regulation and urban design, architecture, and the built environment, including the book Architectural Design and Regulation (Wiley & Blackwell, 2011), co-authored with Emma Street.

Hans Wamelink

Hans WamelinkHans Wamelink, PhD, is Professor of Design & Construction Management and head of the Department 'Management in the Built Environment', Delft University of Technology (TUD). After finishing his PhD at the TUD he worked for ten years as an assistant professor and researcher at the Faculty of Technology Management of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE). Apart from his academic career, Hans was owner-director of Infocus and senior consultant at DHV, both companies specialized in consultancy and building management. Currently his research focuses on process innovation in design and construction. Research projects are 'new roles and business models for architectural firms', and 'collaboration and integration in the construction supply chain'.

With special input from:

Helga Nowotny

PHelga Nowotnyrofessor Helga Nowotny is Former President of the European Research Council, ERC, and Professor emerita of Science and Technology Studies at ETH Zurich Currently she is Nanyang Technological University Visiting Professor, Chair of the ERA Council Forum Austria, member of the Council for Research and Technology advising the Austrian government and Vice-President of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Her latest book The Cunning of Uncertainty was listed by the Financial Times as one of the five best books in the category science and will be released as paper back by Polity Press in 2017.

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