Architects’ Journal Summit 2019
This year the AJ put together its first Summit; the theme was ‘collaborate to create’ and it was a day filled with keynote speakers, panel discussions and case studies with the aim of exploring the relationship between architects, clients and their project partners.
All the talks were great, and the theme was maintained throughout the day, but if I’m honest I was left wanting more. It’s great to hear about other projects – especially the really big projects that you only get to read about – but there was a bit too much ‘show and tell’ and not enough time for questions. It would have been good to get into the nuts and bolts of what happened and how, what would they have done differently and why, what worked and what didn’t…
I would have also liked interactive sessions for the audience to work together and explore what collaboration means, what’s missing, how it can and should be done. This would have encouraged some meaningful networking between delegates rather than the usual “Hi I’m… I work at…, where are you from?” conversations.
Will I go again? Maybe, if it’s a bit more interactive. If not, I’ll just keep reading the AJ. Thanks to U+I for hosting the event – it’s a great space!
Here are some of my highlights from the 2019 summit: