Brief description

Currently this is only being run as an in-house course

Advanced Design Management as the key to CDM 2015 for Principal Designers.

A Gift For Architects

Enhancing your way of working, and helping you to deliver better projects may not be the common reputation of CDM 2015, but it does have this potential.

CDM 2015, has caused some alarm in the professions because of its increased demands on designers, the removal of the dedicated professional, and because of its possibly unrealistic expectations of some clients. However, it is possible to manage the CDM process and the design process in such a way that a positive synergy is developed. This new way of working, which is fundamental to BIM, has many benefits to the project, to safety and to profitability

Course Format

The course involves a long half day (4 hours) of face-to-face tuition plus an online introductory session including a video lecture and some interactive working. After the course, there is an assignment linking the learning to your own work in the office. This is assessed and you are given written feedback. The tutors are available to help and guide you in this.



It is a condition of entry to the course that students have taken some training in CDM 2015. Typically this will be the RIBA course delivered through the regions or the Johnston & Mather half-day course.


Video by Professor Colin Gray on the principles & process of successful design management. The time-sensitive nature of key inputs; collaborative space, technology clusters.

Inter-active electronic session in which students are led through these principles in relation to their own work, to form a comparison. Questions on procuring knowledge; facilitating the assembly of key designer inputs at the right time.


Design management [DM] and its links to hazard awareness & risk management. Its comprehensive nature. The intensifying effect of BIM; proportionality. Setting in place a pattern of collaborative working (BS1192, BS11000)

Briefing process The developing brief and its importance for DM. The job configuration as a reliable interpretation of the client’s needs in the physical context of the job and how H&S is a factor in both the ideas and the context.

Establish the culture for the management of design; authority vested in a board or individual, typically Client, Designer and Contractor. Defending creative space; common strategies. The mind-set & willingness to give H&S issues real priority. Behavioural issues. The willingness or otherwise to share risks. The dependence of all this on having the right partners.

Contracts & governance: creating a favourable environment

Understanding of buildability, usability and maintainability jointly developed within the design process from the start Examples from Paul Bussey of Scott Brownrigg. Developing a job ‘storyboard’.
Workshop: using visual architectural methods to develop H&S thinking and a CDM response within the storyboard.

Plenary: the outcomes for effective implementation of CDM


Assessed assignment. The submission may be in storyboard form.

Who should attend?

All who are involved in the running of design teams and have responsibilities for CDM. For many this will mean those filling or contributing to the role of Principal Designer.

Course Date and Fee

Fee:  £295 + VAT per person.  Please contact us for future dates of public courses.

We can also offer this course as a half day in-house CPD session.



This third party course is supported by RIBA CPD.

I found the course to be very useful indeed. Implementation of the changes under the new CDM 2015 Regulations is a complicated subject and the follow up allowed me to raise and resolve a number of queries that I had following the introductory course earlier in the year. The run through of reading material at the beginning of the course was also very helpful.

Graeme Dobinson BSc (Hons) MRICS, November 2015

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