Patrik Schumacher will be giving a keynote address at RIBA’s ‘Smart Practice’ Conference.

The conference is set to take place in Nottingham in September this year, with Mr Schumacher, a partner in Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), will provide some insights of his extensive knowledge in the business.

Mr Schumacher has been a partner at ZHA for the last 14 years, and has been in the practice for almost 30 years.

He is the founder of the Design Research Laboratory (DRL) at the Architectural Association of Architecture and has served as a professor at Harvard University, University of Applied Arts in Vienna and Innsbruck University.

He is also the writer of various major publications, the most recent of which is ‘Parametricism 2.0: Rethinking Architecture’s Agenda for the 21st Century’ (Architectural Design, March 2016).

Mr Schumacher is now the only remaining partner at ZHA following the sudden loss of Zaha Hadid earlier in the year. He is now responsible for moving the 400-strong practice forward, supported by the team of directors.

‘Future Forward’, the RIBA Smart Practice Conference for 2016, will show how to move practices forward through research, new technologies and an innovative approach to business-thinking.

Among the speakers at this year’s conference are: Deborah Saunt (Founding Director at DSDHA), Rob Jackson (Associate Director at Bond Bryan Digital), Josef Hargrave (Global Foresight Manager at Arup), David Green (Principal at Perkins & Will), Xavier de Kestelier (Co-Head of the Specialist Modelling Group at Foster & Partners) and Mark Burry (University of Melbourne).

The Future Forward: Smart Practice Conference will take place in Nottingham City Centre, at the Nottingham Conference Centre, commencing at 10am until 5pm, with drinks available at the Nottingham Contemporary until 7pm.