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HAA Edit - January 2024

Monthly recommendations from the HAA Committee for events, podcasts, articles and CPD both online and in person from across Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas.

Saints in Colour at St. Albans Cathedral


For a limited time, discover how the Wallingford Screen might have looked in the medieval period - with a 21st century twist.Cutting edge scanning and projection techniques using Reality Capture software will bring to life the 15th century screen and 19th century statues with a millimetre accurate 3D scan and re-colourisation, based on historic research by Dr James Alexander Cameron. The colours have been produced by artist Amara Por Dios, and the technology was used to train apprentices in WPP’s Creative Technology Apprenticeship programme, which aims to diversify the emerging technology workforce. 

On display from 5th January - 28th January at selected times. Visit the event webpage for more information 

Designing Luxury Appliances in Domestic Kitchens 

hosted by Gaggenau and Poggenpohl

In person Seminar & Networking, Wednesday 17th January

Poggenpohl invites HAA members to join an exclusive RIBA accredited CPD seminar including demonstrations from Gaggenau, to explore the concept of designing luxury appliances in domestic kitchens. The presentation looks at the history of the kitchen, its function within the home and its involvement to enhance modern day living. As well as the opportunity to view kitchens in person, the CPD shall discuss the features of various product categories and look at dimensions, practicalities and style, as well as installation considerations. Limited places available so secure your place by booking on Eventbrite here 

Building Soul with Thomas Heatherwick & BBC Radio 4


If you haven’t had a chance to listen to this yet, it’s sure to get you thinking. Presented by BBC Radio 4, designer Thomas Heatherwick offers his practical vision for a better urban future across three engaging episodes;  Episode 1: How to Ditch Boring and Humanise our Cities Episode 2: The Cult of Modernist Architecture Episode 3: Why Boring Buildings are Bad for Us.

With so much new housing proposed for Hertfordshire, from Harlow and Gilston Garden Town to Hemel Garden Communities, Heatherwick offers an interesting perspective on delivering environmentally, and aesthetically engaging buildings which will be relevant to the planned changes in our local communities. 

Available from you usual listening platforms.

RIBA Health and Safety Guide by Dieter Bentley Gockman


Dieter Bentley-Gockmann has released the second edition of the RIBA Health and Safety Guide, a companion guide for the now mandatory RIBA H&S test. The guide provides practitioners with the required knowledge regarding the site safety, hazards and design risk management in line with latest requirements of The Building Safety Act.  

In addition to the Health and Safety Guide, there is a series of five videos available from the RIBA Academy which are available free to RIBA Chartered Members. 

Available from the RIBA Bookshop:  RIBA Health and Safety Guide 2023 | RIBA Books

Biodiversity Updates on RIBA Academy

Online Webinar, various dates

From January 2024, the protection and improvement of biodiversity on development sites becomes enshrined in law, with developers mandated to improve the biodiversity on their sites by a minimum of 10%, as well as fully mitigating the biodiversity impact of the development. 

To make sure you are up to date on how this affects your projects, RIBA have organised two online CPD (available free to members) to help you navigate the policy changes;

Biodiversity Net Gain Policy Update

Friday 12th January, 12:30 - 14:00This webinar is a Policy refresh

If you’re interested in joining the HAA Committee to help drive the delivery of events and or to get involved in any other activities, please join us there or contact HAA secretary, Simon Ricketts, for details -

er and update on Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG), followed by Q&A with Nick White and Michael Brightman of Natural England.Book your place here

If you’re interested in joining the HAA Committee to help drive the delivery of events and or to get involved in any other activities, please join us there or contact HAA secretary, Simon Ricketts, for details -


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