The LRSA has regular branch meetings at venues throughout Rutland and Leicestershire.

The LRSA branch meetings are free to attend and open to all RIBA members.

All architects and architecture students in Leicestershire and Rutland are invited to attend and encouraged to participate.

Branch meeting resume in September and dates of future events and news will be published here and via Twitter @architectsLRSA.
Branch Meeting in Leicester:

Wednesday 27 September 2017
6:00pm at 45 West,
4 Hotel St, Leicester LE1 5AW
Planning the future Leicester

Thursday 28 September 2017
10:30am - 12:20pm
The event offers the opportunity to comment on the new Local Plan for Leicester directly with Grant Butterworth, head of the planning at Leicester City Council.

The debate is aimed at professionals in the planning environment to let the council know their views in an open, frank and constructive conversation.
Love Architecture: A Guided Walk of
Leicester's Cultural Quarter

Saturday 10 September 2017
An opportunity to discover more about Leicester's Cultural Quarter was the architect led guided walk covering the history and recent transformation of the area from hosiery and boot making to today's creative industries.

The guided walk was part of Heritage Open Day 2017 and looked at historic and contemporary buildings in the Cultural Quarter incl LCB Depot, Maker’s Yard, Curve and Phoenix Square.
Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 28 June 2017

Many thanks to all those who attended our AGM Wednesday night and to Stephen George & Partners, Leicester, for hosting.

Our sincere thanks also to Past President Nils Feldmann for all his hard work and dedication over the past two years.

Our thanks to Keith Cooper (Northlight Images) for photos taken on the night.
We are delighted to introduce Jennifer Oxley (BRP Architects, Market Harborough) and Sylvester Cheung (Sylvester Cheung Architects, Melton Mowbray) as our new, first ever Joint Presidents for 2017-19.

Please click here for the LRSA Manifesto 2017 from Joint Presidents Jennifer Oxley and Sylvester Cheung.

Richard Crowson as Honorary Secretary and Michael Cooper as Honorary Treasurer were re-elected and Loughborough University's Robert Schmidt III joined the LRSA's council.
RIBA President’s Debate:
Do Planning Committees
Stifle Creative Architecture?

Monday 12 June 2017
The combative art of architectural debate took part in Leicester for the first time at the Richard III Visitor Centre.

Past RIBA President Ruth Reed, chair of the RIBA’s Planning Group argued for the motion. Grant Butterworth, Head of Planning at Leicester City Council replied and argued against the motion.

Chairing the debate was Pat Brown, of Centre for London and past chair of the London Festival of Architecture.

The audience included architects from across the region, planning professionals, architecture students and members of the public.

Cick here for a review of the debate.
What's next?

Monday 02 May 2017
Masters student and practicing architects gave presentations to current Year 3 students on the options for the Year Out

Advice and suggestions for the important decision on what to do next were combined with a couple Do's and Dont's for broadening horizonts and gathering valuable work experience.
Mock Interviews

Tuesday 28 February 2017
10 local practices from the Leicestershire & Rutland Society of Architects participated in Mock Interviews:

Around 40 Year 3 students used the opportunity to prepare for their actual interviews for Year Out placements this summer. and to meet local practioners and potential employers.
LRSA Pub Quiz

Wednesday 25 January 2017
65 architects, lecturers and students from practices and universities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland competed in a challenging quiz led by Keith Cooper of Northlight Images.

The winning team from SP&P in Leicester received an RIBA CPD Club Ticket for one year, worth over £400.00 (incl VAT), which was donated by the RIBA East Midlands Office

The event was free; a collection for LOROS on the night raised £120.00.
President's Prize:
Destination Leicester

Tuesday 08 November 2016 to
Thursday 10 November 2016
The three day competition was open to all students at the Leicester School of Architecture.

The topic was unveiled on Tuesday evening with a couple of introductory lectures by guest presenters James Hickford of Leicester City Council and Geoff Rowe from the Big Difference Company and founder of the Leicester Comedy Festival.

48 hours of frantic and buzzing design activity followed and the winners were announced on Thurday evening.
Local Makers, Local Products
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Monday 07 November 2016
The event involved quick-fire presentations in the popular Pecha Kucha format of 20 powerpoint slides with 20 seconds.

A broad range of makers of building components from the region presented their products and history and in a light-hearted and entertaining way.
Question Time
Planning for a better Leicester

Thursday 06 October 2016
The panel debate with architects and planning officers covered a wide range of topics, from city wide urban design aspirations and the standard of applications to the effect of land values and procurement processes on the quality of completed schemes.

The event was jointly organized by the Leicestershire & Rutland Society of Architects and the Leicester City Council Planning Department and attracted a diverse audience including architects, landscape architects and planning consultants as well as students and members of the public.
Love Architecture: A Guided Walk of
Leicester's Cultural Quarter

Saturday 10 September 2016
The guided walk was part of Heritage Open Day and looked at historic and contemporary buildings in the Cultural Quarter incl LCB Depot, Maker’s Yard, Curve and Leicester Print Workshop.
Digital Marketing

Monday 13 June 2016
The seminar by Karl Craig-West of Buzz Website Design covered the key ideas needed to start or improve existing marketing in order to win more clients and finished with a Q&A session.
CDM Regulations 2015

Monday 23 May 2016

The seminar by Samuel Green of Greens Consultancy Services covered the roles and responsibilities of Principal Designers, Legislative framework, Principles of prevention and Risk assessment.

Sam also spoke in detail to the attending architects and engineers about Pre-construction information, Construction phase plan, H&S file and finish with a Q&A session.
Photography for Architects

Monday 01 February 2016
The practical guide from architectural photographer Keith Cooper covered advice of how to take better photos of completed projects as well as how to present architectural work to potential clients online.

The event was attended by 30 architects from local practices, architecture students and members of the public.

Keith, who is an affiliated member and a member of the LRSA council, has tailored this seminar to suit the practices in the region, also spoke about practical issues in capturing photos, and some of the preparation and planning required beforehand.
Points of View
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Wednesday 25 November 2015
The second event in the popular Pecha Kucha format featured seven quick-fire and thought-provoking presentations about all aspects of "Housing" - 20 powerpoint slides with 20 seconds per slide.

Architects and students from across the RIBA East Midland Region shared their thoughts on the subject of "Housing A to Z" and were joined by the Head of Planning at Leicester City Council.

The free event was open to architects, architecture students and interested members of the public and included free drinks and snacks and was attended by over 80 people.
Guided Walk:
The Cultural Quarter

Thursday 21 May 2015
A guided walk, free and open to members of the public, covered the history and recent transformation of Leicester's Cultural Quarter from hosiery and boot making factories to the cluster of today’s creative industries.

The tour was led by architect Nils Feldmann on behalf of the Leicestershire and Rutland Society of Architects.
Guided Walk:
De Montfort University

Thursday 14 May 2015
The architectural tour of the De Montfort University campus included a site visit to the major redevelopment of the Fletcher Building.

The walk was led by Dr Arthur Lyons on behalf of the Leicestershire & Rutland Society of Architects and was free and open to members of the public.
Guided Walk:
University of Leicester

Thursday 07 May 2015
The architectural tour of the University of Leicester campus was free and open to members of the public.

Led by Dr Arthur Lyons on behalf of the Leicestershire & Rutland Society of Architects the walk included the listed Engineering Building by James Stirling overlooking Victoria Park.
Points of View
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Tuesday 03 March 2015
The event involved quick fire, thought provoking and light-hearted presentations in the popular Pecha Kucha format.

20 slides with 20 seconds per slide on the subject of Leicester Architecture from architects and lecturers proved to be an easy way of sharing thoughts on the subject and provided entertainment to students and presenters alike.
President's One Day Competition

Friday 27 February 2015
The competition was a one day charette open to all students at the Leicester School of Architecture to design a mobile exhibition pavillion for Richard III.

The topic was unveiled on Thursday evening with introductory lectures by Prof Sarah Hainsworth from the University of Leicester and Jonathan Park, the structural engineer behind the stage sets of the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and many others

24 hours of frantic and buzzing design activity followed and the winners were announced on Friday afternoon.