The Design of Risk

The Design of Risk

The Design of Risk

1 Formal CPD Point

Available on demand


Jeremy Till addresses the theme of risk through his work as Head of Central Saint Martins in London, widely considered one of the world’s leading centres for art and design education, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London. Jeremy addresses risk-averse authorities and regulations with humour and insight.

Case studies include the pioneering building, 9 Stock Orchard Street, winner of the RIBA sustainability prize with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects.


This presentation is equivalent to 1 hour/point of formal CPD and will deliver outcomes related to the following Competency/s from the National Standard of Competency for Architects:

2015 Competencies:

Design: Pre-Design
2.6 Preparation and analysis of project development options in response to project brief.

Design: Conceptual Design
3.4 Design response incorporates assessment of relevant legislation, codes and industry standards.

Design: Schematic Design
4.1 Evaluation of design options in relation to project requirements.

2021 Competencies:

Project Initiation and Conceptual Design:

PC 24 Be able to prepare and analyse project development options in response to a project brief – its objectives, budget, user intent and built purpose, risk and timeframes, including environmental sustainability considerations. 
PC 29 Be able to develop and evaluate design options in terms of the heritage, cultural and community values embodied in the site, and in relation to project requirements. 
PC 32 Be able to apply planning principles and statutory planning requirements to the site and conceptual design of the project. 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session participants should be able to:

  • Define risk in terms of design and architecture
  • Describe international projects where risk-taking has resulted in a positive outcome
  • Investigate the risks that can be taken with regard to building regulations
  • Contextualise risks and recognise that they are “socially produced” and “relative”



    Head: Central Saint Martins 

    Jeremy Till is an architect, educator and writer. His extensive written work includes the books Flexible Housing, Architecture Depends and Spatial Agency, which all won the RIBA President’s Award for Research, an unprecedented achievement in this international prize. His teaching and research concentrates on the social and political aspects of architecture and spatial production.
    As an architect, he worked with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects on their pioneering building 9 Stock Orchard Street, winner of the RIBA Sustainability Prize. He curated the UK Pavilion at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale and also at the 2013 Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.






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