A lead architect of the Eden Project in Cornwall heads up an impressive roster of thought leaders speaking at a conference on the future of building design.

Michael Pawlyn, who was integral to the design of the world-famous grand greenhouse complex, will share his vision for the future of architecture at the ‘Building a Smarter Future’ conference in Waltham Cross on 26 June.

Speakers with experience of putting innovation into practice as industry leaders will share ideas on how to solve dilemmas of our day, such as a lack of affordable housing, at the Lee Valley White Water Centre from 10am to 3pm.

Michael is part of a programme that includes experts in housing development, talent management, information technology, engineering and design.

He sees nature as an inspiration and believes that that there are huge gains to be made from studying how nature works and using it as a blueprint. He is a founder member of the UK Green Building Council and a member of The Edge, the environmental think tank. He has also founded his own architectural practice specialising in sustainable and ‘biomimicry’ projects.

Stephen Stone, Chief Executive of housing developer Crest Nicholson, will share his experience of tackling housing shortages head on. He is an experienced chartered surveyor and has worked in construction and house building for more than 30 years. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the Home Builders Federation and the National House Building Council.

Thought leader in talent management, Russell Beck, will share his insight. He is currently Head of Consulting at UK recruitment agency Impellam Group and has worked globally with FTSE 100 firms and small-to-medium sized businesses to help them manage their most valuable asset, their people.

Ant Wilson completes the roster of speakers. He was awarded an MBE for services to building and engineering and is one of the UK’s most influential building services engineers with experience in low and zero carbon systems, façade engineering and green measurement tools. Design methods for a rapidly changing climate and the use of technology to tackle such issues are high on his agenda.

Richard Potter, Director of Innovation at Sopra Steria, will be the host on the day. He’ll offer his perspective on working in digital transformation and working with clients to turn their concepts into working programmes.

The event has been organised by Broxbourne Council and the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce. It comes as part of the Council’s Year of the Environment as a thought provoking forum to encourage sustainable ideas.

Tickets cost £75 and can be bought from the events section of the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce website at www.hertschamber.com.