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Duncan Sim from Res Publica to Speak at the RIAI Annual Conference

Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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Duncan Sim, Policy Manager with the UK public policy think tank ResPublica, will speak at the RIAI Annual Conference this November. Duncan Sim’s research areas include planning, education policy, and constitutional renewal. He is currently managing ResPublica's Backing Beauty Commission, a 12-month campaign to place beauty at the heart of public debate and policymaking following on from ResPublica's 2015 report A Community Right to Beauty. The report included a public poll which provided evidence for the effects of local access to natural and urban beauty on public health and quality of community, as well as gathering the public's opinions on the most important factors in making a place beautiful. Among the main findings was the disparity of access to beauty across different household income levels and geographic areas: people from poorer households or living in urban locations were less likely to consider their area to be beautiful.

A Community Right to Beauty created considerable debate around the importance of the creation of beautiful places as a goal of public policy. It featured on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme as well as in the Independent and the Times. The report advocated a concept of beauty which is neither subjective nor objective, but instead democratically discerned, and so set out a series of recommendations designed to empower communities to shape their area in line with their own aspirations.

About Duncan Sim
Duncan Sim graduated from Keble College, Oxford in 2014 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, where his studies focused on UK and US domestic politics and central banking. He is a contributor to publications and websites including the Economist, the New Statesman's City Metric, the Local Government Chronicle, and the Huffington Post.

About the RIAI Annual Conference

The RIAI and President Carole Pollard have set the 2016 conference theme ‘Relevance, Resilience and Reach’. The full Programme and Booking Details for the RIAI Annual Conference 2016 will be announced on 28 September.  The conference will take place over two days – Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November and bring together national and international speakers, taking on the contemporary issues affecting architectural practice. This conference is run in conjunction with the Architecture Expo exhibition.

The RIAI will be announcing further speakers and details of the Special Early Bird Rate over the coming weeks on http://www.riai.ie/ and our conference website: http://riaiconference.ie/. Watch this space – booking opens on 28 September.

Structured CPD Points will be available for both conference days (CPD deadline is Friday 30 November). 

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