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A selection of the events and activities that took place in 2018. 











Training session for Cornwall Council


January 2018


RIBA Branch members supported this training session for Elected Members which included a talk on recent Planning updates followed by a team exercise to related to creating a new housing development on a site.  The teams were required to consider constraints and sketch out block plans on the site. 


RIBA President Ben Derbyshire Visits Cornwall

County Hall, Truro

April 2018


In April RIBA President Ben Derbyshire visited Cornwall Council with members of the Branch Committee to talk about the relationship between the Branch and the Council Planning Department.  Following this Branch members were invited to ask the President questions in an open discussion.  



Cornwall Architectural Trust Summer Lecture: William Matthews 


May 2018


This year's Summer Lecture speaker was William Matthews who talked to us about his fascinating career including working on the Shard before establishing his own practice. He was then able to explain the work he is carrying out on the new footbridge at Tintagel for English Heritage, having won the competition in conjunction with engineers Ney & Partners.  

We then enjoyed a chance to attend the Falmouth University School of Architecture end of Year Show and awards ceremony.



Tate St Ives

September 2018


We were very lucky to be given a tour of the newly completed Tate St Ives exhibition space as well as the rest of the gallery and some areas not open to the public.  We also held our AGM in conjunction with the Cornwall Architectural Trust where Jason Jarvis took over as Chair from Cian Spowart who concludes his two years in the role.


CAT Lecture & Dinner 2018:

Jamie Fobert

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

November 2018


Returning once again to the Maritime Museum in Falmouth, this year we were delighted to have architect Jamie Fobert as our guest speaker. Fabulous talk on his various projects including the extension to Tate St Ives. 

The event was also a chance to see an exhibition of entries to this year's Inette Austin Smith Work Experience Competition.


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Christmas Lunch & Branch Meeting

Knightor Winery, St Austell

December 2018


We had a fantastic tour of Knightor Winery followed by a tasting session and talk on the wines produced there.  Following this we enjoyed a Christmas Lunch in the restaurant with a chance to discuss opportunities for 2019. Good range of Christmas jumpers on display. Many purchases were also made in the winery shop following lunch. It was a very Merry Christmas.

Cornwall Council Design Training

Chy Trevail, Bodmin

December 2018


The second training session of the year used real life site in Cornwall (a former clay dry) which delegates had to analyse in teams before coming up with a strategy for development. They also had the opportunity to interview four of the Council's statuatory consultees as part of the process: Highways, Ecology, Drainage and Historic Buildings.  Finally each team presented their strategy to the group.

Feedback was great, the most positive the Council has had from a design training session. 

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