In 2019 UK architects, landscape architects and engineers declared a climate and biodiversity emergency and committed to strengthening their practices to create architecture and urbanism that has a more positive impact on the world around us.

Buildings and construction account for nearly 40% of energyrelated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats.

For everyone working in the industry, meeting the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a shift in behaviour particularly around how buildings are designed and delivered.

Thousands of client, architect, engineering, services, landscape and contracting organisations have already signed declarations illustrating the recognition for urgent action to contribute real and effective solutions.

In 2020 specifi will give a platform to over 100 voices over 32 separate UK big city built environment events..

A blend of thought and industry leaders, policy makers and next generation voices alongside specifiers, clients, contractors and product manufacturers passionate about creating better outcomeswill come together to share and debate future thinking, guidance, best practice, case studies and practical solutions.

100 Voices will foster UK wide built environment collaboration across thought leaders, specifiers, clients, contractors and product suppliers.

Providing attendees with the guidance, knowledge and solutions to enhance outcomes in a world where project briefs and procurement will increasingly reference climate change challenges.

  • • Sustainability
  • • Biodiversity
  • • Digital
  • • Circular Economy
  • • Low & Net Zero Carbon
  • • Life Cycle Costing
  • • Green Infrastructure
  • • Sustainable Materials
  • • Resource & Waste Management
  • • Biophilia
  • • Air Quality
  • • Cross Sector Collaboration


Paul Wilkinson

HOT TOPIC: The Future of Construction – 2029! with Paul Wilkinson

We know you’ve come straight from work so our talk will be punchy and to the point, engaging and energising you to continue the conversation over the course of the evening and beyond!

Paul will cover 6 BIG FUTURE CONSTRUCTION headlines in this fast paced vision of your city in the year 2029. No matter which area of the Architecture and Construction profession you are from you will be interested in how designing in the cloud and creation of digital twins and connecting data will shift the way we work not to mention how servitisation and designing and delivering for whole life value will change fees and revenue streams.

If your future is in Architecture and Construction then you really need to listen to Paul’s vision of the future.

WHO IS… Paul Wilkinson – Digital Evangelist

Paul has been working in the UK construction industry since 1987, starting in professional services before moving on to information technology. He was head of communications at a construction Software-as-a-Service start-up for 10 years, and since 2009 has been an independent technology analyst, PR consultant, journalist and blogger.

He is an authority on the use of construction collaboration technology platforms, SaaS and related developments in fields such as BIM, mobile technologies and social media. Applying this knowledge, he is deputy chair of the information systems panel at the Institution of Civil Engineers, a member of the management team at Construction

Dusty Gedge

HOT TOPIC: Cities Need Get Greener – 2029! with Dusty Gedge

We know you’ve come straight from work so our talk will be punchy and to the point, engaging and energising you to continue the conversation over the course of the evening and beyond!

Dusty will cover 5 BIG GREENER CITY headlines in this fast paced vision of your city in the year 2029. No matter which area of the Landscape Profession you are from you will be interested in how the influence of nature in design has to change, how data will bind us all together, how design will influence well-being, productivity and life balance and the rise of an ecosystem over infrastructure.

If your future is in Landscape then you really need to listen to Dusty’s vision of the future.

WHO IS… Dusty Gedge – Green Infrastructure Specialist

Dusty is a global green infrastructure consultant. He is the President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB and founder of, and is a working group member of the EU GI and Ecosystem Services working group.

Biodiversity and birds on green roofs drew him into this work 20 years ago. Nature is at the heart of his work although he quite naturally deals with all the issues that cities face and how vegetation can help adapt cities to climate change.

HOT TOPIC : The Formula for Better Health and Wellness Outcomes with The WELL Foundation

We know you’ve come straight from work so our talk will be punchy and to the point, engaging and energising you to continue the conversation over the course of the evening and beyond!

The WELL Building Standard is revolutionising the way people think about buildings. It explores how design, operations and behaviours within the places where we live, work, learn and play can be optimised to advance human health and well-being.

Covering seven core concepts of health and hundreds of features, WELL is a flexible building standard and represents the future of modern design.

If your future is in Architecture, Building Services, Construction and Facilities and you have an interest in delivering better buildings to help people thrive then you really need to listen this vision of the future.

International WELL Building Institute.

WHO ARE… The WELL Foundation – Better buildings to help people thrive

1082 projects encompassing over 217 million square feet are applying WELL across 39 countries
The WELL Building Standard® is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.

WELL is managed and administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and wellbeing through the built environment.

WELL is grounded in a body of medical research that explores the connection between the buildings where we spend more than 90 percent of our time, and the health and wellness of its occupants. WELL Certified™ spaces and WELL Compliant™ core and shell developments can help create a built environment that improves the nutrition, fitness, mood, and sleep patterns.

The WELL Building Standard® is third-party certified by the Green Business Certification Incorporation (GBCI), which administers the LEED certification program and the LEED professional credentialing program.

Past Speakers

Martin Brown

Sustainability Provocateur.

Martin explores our sustainable futures, sharing powerful messages and inspiring stories about the tough choices we face and the opportunities we have to create a better tomorrow.

"Do we really have the luxury of only being less bad, of only reducing impact. Over the last thirty years we have used the mantra of doing nothing today to compromise tomorrows generation, and yet we continue to do more bad and to compromise. This has to stop."

Claire Thirlwall

Claire is passionate about ensuring the due recognition and the importance of landscaping and landscapers contribution to the sustainable success of any project.

Claire is a chartered landscape architect at Thirlwall Associates, a landscape architecture consultancy based near Oxford, working with architects, engineers, planners, project managers and other construction professionals as part of the project team. Claire has also worked as a specialist sub-consultant to other landscape architecture practices.

Joe Clancy

Joe is a landscape architect, horticulturist, biophilic design consultant, public speaker and architectural journalist and author of numerous articles on landscape architecture, but the primary focus of his literary/research work is on biophilic design and restorative environments.

Joe is the co-author of Terrapin Bright Green’s 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design: Improving Health and Well-Being in the Built Environment (2014) and has also been published in MIT’s International Journal of Architectural Research, Horticulture Connected and the Chinese publication, Landscape Architecture Frontiers, edited by Professor Kongjian Yu of Turenscape Landscape Architecture.

Richard MacCowan

Richard is a designer and the Founder of innovation lab Biomimicry UK

He has worked on a number of projects across Europe from industrial, materials, and packaging, through to architecture and masterplanning.

Setting up Biomimicry UK in 2012 allowed him to develop this sector in the UK and making some great connections around the world. He is now focusing on looking into manufacturing processes, packaging innovation and industrial ecology / symbiosis for cities.

Michael Pawlyn

Michael has many years experience including his work as part of the team that radically re-invented horticultural architecture for the Eden Project.
An internationally renown thought leader on sustainable innovation, Michael is one of a handful of architects to feature on His TED talk has 1.4 million views and his book Biomimicry in Architecture has recently been updated and republished by RIBA.

Alastair Parvin

Alastair is a strategic designer with 00 London and the co-founder of WikiHouse Foundation. He is currently working on better housing systems, open production & citizen-led development. Although he trained in architecture, his work extends outside its traditional framework, looking at the economic, social, political and technological forces behind it. He is a co-inventor of WikiHouse, a digital building system which is using openalastair01 design and distributed digital manufacturing to radically democratise the production of homes.“Sounds promising? It is. This is a revolutionary way of producing architecture.” — Neil Chambers, Metropolis POV Blog.

Ann-Marie Aguilar

Ann-Marie joined the IWBI team in 2016, and from a base in London oversees the day- to-day activities of IWBI Europe. She supports the business development and technical teams and is the first point of contact for clients and design teams interested in all applications of WELL Certification.

Ann-Marie’s role is to support “early adopters” of the WELL Building Standard, by facilitating communication with IWBI technical experts to provide international translation, alternative adherence pathways and alignment with European sustainability rating tools.

Ana Dias

Ana is a Sustainability Consultant at Mott MacDonald, leading the London LBC Collaborative. Her international work covers supporting clients with BREEAM, LEED, the WELL Building Standard, Healthy Materials and the Living Building Challenge. The materials transparency label, Declare is key to many of these regenerative sustainability standards. Ana will provide a short introduction and insights to the Declare label.

Laura Wilkes

Laura serves as Manager, Europe for the International WELL Building Institute. Based in London, she supports project teams with technical queries and serves as coaching contact for projects across Europe. She also has experience in conducting WELL Performance Verification assessments.

Prior to joining IWBI, Laura worked as a senior consultant for the building science consultancy CETEC in Australia and then in the UK. She specialised in indoor air quality and indoor environment quality assessments, as well as water quality and hazardous materials assessments. Laura holds a Bachelor degree in Environmental Science from the University of Plymouth.