The RIBA 2009 Practice Stakeholders' Forum took place on 27 October at the RIBA in London (Wren Room, 6th Floor, 66 Portland Place).

This is an annual event to thank volunteers and key stakeholders for their contribution to the work of the Practice, and - with the support of RIBA R&D and Be2Camp - this year explored all things web 2.0. The event was covered live from this page (135 page views on the day) and on Twitter, and various photos and even some video was shot to capture the day.

  • Scroll down to see the day's agenda and speaker profiles
  • Replay the CoverItLive stream from RIBAforum09 below - as displayed to delegates
    (79 people 'attended' the event online - more than there were in the room! 15 people replayed the event in the 24 hours afterwards)
  • See the RIBAforum09 Twitter comments (and our Twitterfall page) - also displayed
    (over 400 Tweets using the #RIBAforum09 hashtag were generated during the event which was followed online by people all over the world - Australia, Hong Kong, USA, Ireland - as well as all over the UK)
  • Look at one [so far!] of the presentations, and watch videos taken during the day
  • See the RIBAforum09 photo album
  • Read some blog posts about the event - by Su Butcher, Paul Wilkinson

  • How can web 2.0 technologies and networks such as blogs, Be2Camp and Twitter, help professionals to keep in touch with colleagues and clients and raise the profile of their business?
  • Many in the audience may not be familiar with these tools, so we would like to demonstrate what they can do, how they can be helpful in a professional context and particularly for the construction industry, and why people should use them.
  • We are interested in people’s real experiences, and a range of different opinions on how they can best be utilised.


13.00-1.40 Buffet Lunch

1.40-1.45 Introduction A few words by the chair, Jane Duncan, RIBA Vice President, Practice

1.45-2.00 Welcome address by RIBA President, Ruth Reed

2.00-2.45 'Getting Connected': Amanda Reekie, Sally Feldman, Keiran Long

2.45 - 3.00 Panel Discussion Speakers joined by Richard Saxon, former RIBA Vice-President for a panel discussion chaired by Jane Duncan

3.00 - 3.15 Current Initiatives Adrian Dobson, RIBA Director of Practice, Brendan O'Connor, Joni Tyler and Adam Williamson on the department's current initiatives and projects, followed by a Q & A session.

3.15 - 4.30 'Tweets, blogs and other useful things' Sue Charman-Anderson, Su Butcher, Nigel Ford - ATLAS, Clare Sinclair

4.30 Panel Discussion Speakers joined by Richard Saxon, former RIBA Vice-President, for a panel discussion chaired by Jane Duncan

4.45-5.00 Close Closing remarks from the chair


  • Amanda Reekie, Stratton & Reekie - Amanda is an architectural PR and marketing consultant. After a short spell in video production and several years at Welbeck PR and Pouget & Partners working on well-known consumer brands, Amanda co-founded Stratton & Reekie with Deborah Stratton bringing together their different but complementary skills.
  • Kieran Long, Architects’ Journal - Kieran Long is editor of The Architects' Journal and has written for publications throughout Europe. He has taught architecture at London Metropolitan University, Kingston University and the University of Greenwich. And he tweets (follow @kieranLong on Twitter)!
  • Nigel Ford, ATLAS Industries - Nigel Ford is business development manager for ATLAS Industries, and architectural services company based in Vietnam. Nigel has been a Chartered Engineer for over 15 years, with experience in operations management and business development. He is currently responsible for the development of Atlas business streams in the UK, specialising in the healthcare and education sectors.
  • Sally Feldman, University of Westminster - Sally is the Dean of the School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster. She has had a long and varied career in print and broadcast journalism, and for many years was editor of BBC Radio 4’ Woman’s Hour as well as a stable of related programmes. (Follow @MediaAndArts on Twitter)
  • Suw Charman-Anderson, Social media consultant - Suw is a freelance social software consultant, working with companies in the UK and US on social media and Web 2.0 projects. She helps people understand blogs, wikis, RSS, social bookmarking and other social tools, and how they can use them in business, internally or externally. (Follow @Suw on Twitter)
  • Su Butcher, Barefoot & Gilles - Su is Practice manager for architects Barefoot and Gilles. She runs the Architects Twitter League as well as a blog called “Just Practising”, which is aimed at encouraging discussion about what good architects do. (Follow @SuButcher on Twitter)

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