ⓘ RIBA Knowledge Communities. The RIBA Knowledge Communities are web supported interdisciplinary groups. They facilitate the capturing, sharing, and applying of p ..


ⓘ RIBA Knowledge Communities

The RIBA Knowledge Communities are web supported interdisciplinary groups. They facilitate the capturing, sharing, and applying of professional knowledge relating to architecture and the built environment.

The RIBA Knowledge Communities initiative is a knowledge community platform developed by the RIBA. It is a non-commercial collaborative resource, open to all built environment professionals and anyone with interrelated knowledge to share. Its purpose is to connect and engage these professionals in the advancement of their specific subjects of interest.

People get very enthusiastic when talking about their subject and the best service the RIBA as an institution can provide is to enable that knowledge transfer through these specialist groups.


1. Communities

There are currently RIBA Knowledge Communities for the following subject areas:

  • Development and Disaster Relief To explore the difference that innovative design and construction can make in the lives of some of the most vulnerable people on earth facilitated by Article 25.
  • International For the RIBA’s International department to build a knowledge bank from around the world.
  • Urban Greening To create the pre-conditions necessary for trees to be considered as an integral part of development at the earliest conceptual and design stages of any scheme facilitated by the Trees and Design Action Group.
  • Traditional Architecture The RIBA Traditional Architecture group’s space to disseminate their research and to capture the experience of their members.
  • Sustainability For built environment professionals to discuss the sustainable production of architecture and to engage with the RIBA Sustainable Futures Group.
  • Students of Architecture For architecture students to share news, experience and events while keeping in touch with architectural research and progression.
  • Regulations and Standards To involve members in the production of building regulations and standards and to support the ongoing work of the joint BRE CIAT RIBA Technical Task Force.
  • Small Practice Providing a platform for architects in small practice to share their experience while having the opportunity to be a part of the consultations for the RIBA Small Practice Group papers.
  • Integrated Project Working To engage an interdisciplinary professional base in the advancement of CAD, BIM and the mutual distribution of technical information between all areas of the built environment.
  • Education Building Design Helping to deliver intelligent higher education and further education school design and providing a forum for this discussion.

2. Structure

The RIBA Knowledge Communities website is supported by the RIBA Research & Development department as an architectural knowledge management initiative. The communities are structured around the pre-existing RIBA committees. These groups are tasked with creating and initiating an agenda for the development of their respective subjects related to the built environment.

  • Champion An appointed RIBA Knowledge Champion acts as a focal point for the governance of their respective RIBA Knowledge Community. They are selected on the basis of their expertise and active involvement in the community’s field of knowledge.
  • Expert Peer Group/Committee The Peer Group consists of approximately 5-8 individuals. They are selected for their expertise and active involvement in their communitys field of knowledge. The group delegates responsibilities in liaison with the community Facilitators and community members for routine tasks and responsibilities as well as one-off activities.
  • Community Facilitators will support the creation and maintenance of the communities. They are the main administrative focus for the work of the community. They receive support from the RIBA Research & Development department and provide assistance to Knowledge Champions’ and Expert Peer Groups’.
  • Community Members Knowledge Communities are organised as collections of architects and other professionals who are committed to collaborations within specialist areas of design, management and construction.

3. Applications

The RIBA Knowledge Communities website provides applications designed to engage the members in their subjects of interest, these include:

  • RSS feeds
  • Community discussion forums
  • Contacts
  • Personal blogs
  • Tags
  • Community events calendars
  • Resources uploading files to share with other community members
  • Members directory

The RIBA Knowledge Communities is powered by Elgg software which is an open source networking platform. The applications are installed as plugins that can be downloaded from the Elgg community website or created by PHP developers.

  • mobilization Learning community Learning organization Professional learning community PLC RIBA Knowledge Communities Virtual community of practice VCoP
  • of Architects in Scotland Royal Society of Ulster Architects RIBA Knowledge Communities Dictionary of Scottish Architects, Decimus Burton. Retrieved 18
  • objects of the RIBA are declared in its charter to be: The advancement of architecture and the promotion of the acquirement of the knowledge of the Arts
  • hospitals to community hospitals, mental health facilities and primary and community health buildings. He is currently Procurement Champion for the RIBA and was
  • first housing development to win the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA Stirling Prize. The company was formed in 1978 by architects Richard Feilden
  • sustainable new community It is one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe. The Village won a sustainability award at the RIBA Housing Design
  • George J. Efstathiou, FAIA, RIBA is an American architect of Greek descent. George joined Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP SOM in 1974, where he served
  • credited as being the only architect of the UK to have won all three of the RIBA awards. Some of her designs include Smile Chelsea School of Art the Accordia
  • Simon Smith Building winner of a RIBA award 2013: New House winner of a RIBA award 2014: Cairns Tower winner of a RIBA award 2015: The Music School
  • redistribution to the poor, and perhaps most importantly, elimination of riba defined by activists as interest charged on loans and securities Perhaps