Four of the world’s most prominent architects take to the stage at the RIBA Conference in Venice.

Taking place from October 27-28, 2006 as part of the Venice Architecture Biennale, the RIBA Conference 2006 entitled “Social City: Architecture and Change” will feature world-renowned architects, Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Stefan Behnisch and Massimiliano Fuksas. They will join a host of other prominent international experts including the Rt. Hon. Tessa Jowell MP, Trevor Phillips OBE, and Jon Snow in Venice for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) annual conference.

Architects claim to be the engineers of social change arguing that a good hospital will help patients recover more quickly, that a well designed school will result in children achieving better results, and that good urban design can result in less crime, and healthier lifestyles but is it true? The RIBA conference will address what the social benefits of good architecture are and investigate whether there is any evidence that good design makes a difference.Delegates will be present from around the globe including Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Fiji Islands, Australia, South Africa, USA and Europe.

Speaking about the conference, RIBA President Jack Pringle said: “Everybody agrees that good architecture adds social and economic value. So if that is the case, what are the obstacles to effecting social change through architecture? Why can’t we live in a better world? In this conference we are going to try to get to the bottom of this conundrum. By the end of our stay in Venice I hope we will have come up with a few answers, made new contacts and friends across the professions- and had a good time in a fabulous city.”

Other speakers during the two-day conference include: Ben Page, Director of the MORI Social Research Institute; Aubrey Meyer, Global Commons Institute; Richard Simmons, CABE; Sophie Body-Gendrot, Centre for Urban Studies at the Sorbonne; Clare Wright, architect; Mark Lawson, journalist and broadcaster; Deborah Saunt, architect; Jack Pringle, RIBA President; and Sunand Prasad, architect and RIBA President-Elect.

Throughout the conference, there will be a series of special architecture tours offering an insight into the best of Venice’s historical and contemporary architecture.

Conference tickets are 399+VAT including free entry to the Architecture Biennale exhibition. To book or for information, contact JC Events on 020 8755 4441 or visit