Roots host successful workshop at RSAW Conference

, Subject : Workshops

Roots were delighted to participate in the Royal Society of Architects in Wales 2011 Conference last week.  The conference was titled ‘Practice makes Perfect’ and explored themes surrounding the recession.

The conference Chair, Christine Murray, Editor of the Architects’ Journal, gave an overview of how this and other big stories in the past year have been reported by established publications including the AJ.  She gave compelling evidence that print media still matters.  This was proven by Patrick Hannay who announced that ‘Touchstone’, the magazine for Architecture in Wales, was being re-launched.  Su Butcher from Just Practising complimented this by giving an insight into the power of new forms of communication using social media and the Internet.

There were also presentations from high-calibre practitioners, including Pie Architecture, David Kohn Architects and Coffey Architects.  All these offered an interesting insight into the work they are doing in London and beyond.  This was followed by an excellent presentation by Deborah Saunt of DSDHA who discussed a range of projects her practice had completed and that good architecture can be delivered regardless of the procurement route.

The afternoon included a series of workshops, including Roots’ own ‘Archivan:  A New Business Model from Rural Scotland’.  This hour long workshop explored why Roots was formed, and the key decisions the Team made about their approach to practising.

Roots’ Director Micheal Holliday explained that, ‘We understand that one of the greatest challenges facing the profession at the moment is the economic climate.  This has forced us, and others, to look at new ways of finding and delivering work.’

Chris Hall, one of the Founders of the Practice added, ‘The feedback we got from our workshop was really positive. People clearly valued that we were prepared to share our story and we received a number of comments that our presentation was well aligned with the themes of Conference, which was very satisfying.  We were also commended on the way we practise, and that our approach was extremely positive and forward looking.

It was an honour to be invited by the RSAW to Cardiff and to share our experiences with Conference.  We thoroughly enjoyed the experience would like to thank those involved for organising such an interesting and inspiring event.’

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