Urbano Build Networking Breakfast Event with RIBA President Ben Derbyshire

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Paternoster House
65 St Paul's Churchyard
London, EC4M 8AB

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Urbano Build is a programme of regular networking events in London aimed at architects, developers, property investors, designers, interior designers and other professionals associated with the built environment sector to make connections, gather information, create associations and find new business opportunities.

Urbano Build breakfast events are stripped down conferences, exploring interesting themes and built around great speakers, where the the focus is on networking and creating connections and opportunities. You always meet a diverse range of businesses and their representatives in a lively session of informal but facilitated networking.

Our Urbano Build speaker programme has a proud track record of exploring and championing issues affecting the sector, often before they become mainstream, and often from a stand-point of finding opportunities for smaller firms to work with larger ones as we feel both benefit. This includes diversity, sustainability, new technologies and their usage, such as BIM and VR, accessibility, environmental, BREAAM, supply chain transparency, site safety, workplace and wellbeing, design, modern materials, M2M/IOT and crowdfunding.

Previous speakers at Urbano Build have included RIBA’s current and previous Presidents - Jane Duncan and Stephen Hodder, Kevin McCloud (Grand Designs), George Clarke (Restoration Man), Marc Vlessing (Pocket Living), Wayne Hemingway, Loyd Grossman, David Hancock (Government Lead on Construction), senior figures in organisations like CEBR, BRE and CABE, and from leading UK construction companies such as Arup, Laing O’Rourke, Mace Group, and David Philp and Mark Bew (BIM Team at the Cabinet Office).  

Urbano Build networking events are informal, with our speaker doing around 40 minutes at 8.40am, followed by a Q&A and plenty of time for lightly facilitated networking and coffee drinking. Our speakers also stay to network as they find the audience to be knowledgeable and enjoyable company!

Jackie Sadek, the UK regeneration specialist, on Urbano: "I have a lot of time for Urbano. They have a philosophy of "exchanging value" that I find rather empowering. Urbano Network is a facilitating vehicle, brokering opportunities for smaller companies to get involved, both with each other, and with larger partners. They champion quality suppliers, especially in areas such as design and new technologies. And their events are brilliant." 


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Ben Derbyshire becomes President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on September 1st 2017.

Ben Derbyshire is chair of HTA Design LLP, a 160-strong multidisciplinary practice based in London, Manchester and Edinburgh, where he has been a partner since 1987. He has a number of other Board positions including at RIBA Enterprises, Design for Homes, and is a trustee of The London Society.

Ben will be discussing how he came to run for the Presidency and his priorities as President for the next two years:

  1. Driving quality and performance in the built environment.
  2. Energising, diversifying and growing RIBA's membership.
  3. Promoting devolution and the Global New Urban Agenda.


8:00am – Registration, coffee/tea/pastries, and networking

8:30am – Presentation by Ben followed by Q&A

9:15am – Networking and more coffee
- 10.30am



Urbano Member - Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP - will be our hosts for this speaker event. Katten is a full-service law firm with more than 600 attorneys across the United States and in London and Shanghai. The London office acts for clients operating in the real estate, corporate, banking and finance, and financial services sectors.



"Really enjoyed talking at Urbano - a dynamic and way of cross fertilising between industries, networking and meeting interesting folk!"
William Hardie, Studio Hardie (Build Speaker)

"Thank you very much for the opportunity for us to present to the Urbano Network on the latest developments in BREEAM. It was great to see such a diverse and engaged audience and the networking opportunity after our presentation was extremely useful."
Dr Chris Ward, BRE (Build Speaker)


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