It’s always easier and more cost effective to have security requirements designed in from the outset. Whilst mandatory and recommended requirements differ wildly in many places, architects have the challenge of ensuing security capabilities are designed into new buildings to fit with the aesthetics but provide for the developing security requirements over the life time of a building.  Thomas Vonier, the President of the International Union of Architects knows these challenges all too well and will be leading the discussions in this area.

However, outside the architects are of responsibility we often find the areas of no mans land between buildings one the boundaries of responsibility, these are known as the Grey Space.  Christopher Aldous from Design Security is an expert in helping people understand the Grey Space and ensuring it doesn’t become an area for potential threats to develop from. His presentation is a must see.

Not every design challenge is fixed and security packages must be flexible. Looking after a VViP on an international trip through variable threat zones or designing a security package for a high value event brings its own challenges.  The leading TEDx speaker Kate Bright, shortlisted in 2018 for the City Wealth Pawer Woman awards and more will give a real insight to these challenges from a woman in a perceived man’s world.

That aside, the materials of protection are important and will be looked at in detail ensuring the latest understanding is available for what is usually an oversubscribed event.  Gary Heward, Director of Blast and Protective Design with MFD Thornton Tomasetti will be one of the key speakers in this area and he is looking at using security engineering in the design process.

Topics will include:

  • Role of the Architect in countering terrorism
  • Bringing standards to city resilience
  • Vulnerability assessments across the business estate
  • Blast & Protective design


Day 1

3rd December

TimeSession TitleSpeaker
10:00 - 10:10

Welcome from the Chair & Introduction to first session&

10:10 - 11:15

Panel: Designing sustainable & secure cities

Risk, resilience, and environmentally sustainable cities
Perspective from Met Police
Security by Design
IOT Connected devices
Speaker Q&A Discussion

11:15 - 11:30


11:30 - 11:55

Keynote - The role of the architect in countering terrorism

Thomas Vonier, FAIA RIBA, President, International Union of Architects

11:55 - 12:20

The importance to designing in security from the start

12:20 - 12:45

Considering the Grey Space

Christopher Aldous, Director, Design Security Ltd

12:45 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:00

Woman in a Man's World - Female Bodyguard

Kate Bright, Private Client Specialist, Umbra International

14:00 - 14:30

SABRE and the NPPF: Building resilience and ensuring public safety & security

14:30 - 15:00

Designing out Terrorism with security engineering

Gary Heward, Director of Blast & Protective Design, MFD Thornton Tomasetti

15:00 - 15:30

Designing in Security for Intelligent Buildings

15:30 - 16:00

The application of inter-disciplinary risk analysis models to understand and design out the momentum risk

17:00 - 19:00