RIBA & Architects Declare launch open call for research


RIBA and Architects Declare have launched an open call for research to presented at the inaugural Built Environment Summit and to form an accompanying report, which will be presented to global leaders at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). The deadline for this open call is 1 June. 

Co-hosted by RIBA and Architects Declare, the Built Environment Summit (BESt) will take place between 28-29 October 2021. The summit will share examples of innovative practice and explore ways to harness political support to decarbonise the built environment, ahead of COP26.    

The open call seeks evidence, research, and exemplar projects (built or un-built) under the following themes:  

  1. The significance of the built environment – research that demonstrates the social and economic benefits of sustainable buildings.  
  2. The environmental footprint of the built environment – analysis on the current environmental impact of buildings.  
  3. How to affect change in the built environment – research on the cultural, economic, and industry landscapes affecting the built environment.      
  4. The built environment industry’s capabilities – examples of innovative technologies and methodologies.   
  5. The industry is committed to change – initiatives and educational reforms that demonstrate commitment to climate action.  
  6. The industry needs Government support to change – evidence that shows the benefits of environmental regulation.  

Alongside the call for research, Architects Declare and the RIBA also invite Expressions of Interest to sit on the BESt Expert Advisory Panel. The Panel will support the selection of contributors and curation of the conference.