Programme Strands

Housing Toggle


© Entrance facade, Raven's Way @ Edmund Sumner

The delivery of housing for London remains the biggest issue facing London’s built environment, as our population continues to grow by 70,000 people each year.

While delivery currently stands at 20-25,000 homes per year, at least 40,000 new homes per year are needed to house the new population, and a further 9,000 a year to ‘catch up’ with latent demand. So the delivery of homes has to at least double from its current rate.

This series of events, taking place throughout the NLA programme will examine how London can deliver the number of homes it needs while improving quality of place. Events will respond to key initiatives raised by the new Mayor of London, and the industry, and put forward new solutions. Continuing many of the themes examined in the NLA Insight Study ‘New Ideas for Housing’ the series will examine themes including: new methods of construction, delivery and funding; the role of PRS; public private partnerships; and higher-density design typologies.

Principal Supporters 

GL Hearn,  PeabodyBarratt London

Associate Supporters

Pegasus Group

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Inspiring Women

Kathrin Hersel is overseeing the creation of luxury apartments at Centre Point © David Bebber/The Times

NLA is committed to raising the profile of women across the built environment industry and engaging women across all aspects of our programme.

From 2016, a new series of ‘Inspiring Women’ networking and mentoring events will profile leading women working in the industry and provide a new cross-disciplinary network for the built environment.

Throughout our yearly programme we will be seeking a wider variety of speakers from our Partner members and beyond, who represent the breadth of the industry and provide inspiration to younger professionals starting out in their careers.

Specific events coming up: ‘Inspiring Women’ networking evenings - May and November

Principal Sponsor 


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Next Generation Toggle


Who will be influencing the London of the future?

NextGen is an NLA initiative to identify and support young talent within the industry, and champion the professional development of the built environment’s future leaders. A programme of NextGen events will provide opportunities for young professionals to expand professional networks and develop skills; informal pechakucha Presentations will provide a forum to profile new ideas, projects and initiatives; while Mentoring events and Talks with professionals will offer advice and information on working in a multi-disciplinary industry. Alongside this more focused programme, we will also aim to identify NextGen speakers to take part in the annual NLA programme, and showcase new ideas and projects to the wider NLA network. NextGen is roughly aimed at those who are 2-5 years into their career or aged between 25-35.

NLA NextGen Mission:

-    Champion the new generation of industry experts
-    Connect emerging talent with established industry professionals
-    Encourage excellence within the built environment industry
-    Analyze what the future skill set of the industry might look like
-    Investigate alternative approaches and explore talent across all disciplines

If you are an NLA member and would like to find out more about how your organisation can get involved, please contact your account manager.

Alternatively, you can contact Lucie Murray, Programme Manager, for further information,

Principle Supporter: 

G&T is principal supporter of the New London Architecture NextGen Programme for 2016. G&T will be working with NLA throughout the year to support their programme of events, debates, networking opportunities and communications aimed at backing emerging talent within the property and construction industry.

G&T Partner and NextGen champion, Adam Glover, commented, “Aligning ourselves with the NLA NextGen programme allows us to support the next generation within G&T and the property and construction industry as a whole by bringing together emerging talent and established professionals to build networks and debate key issues. This collaboration with NLA reinforces G&T’s reputation for recruiting and nurturing top talent in the industry which ensures we continue to provide our clients with the highest quality services both now and in the future.”

Associate Supporter:

Buro Four

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London Boroughs

Throughout 2016, NLA will be drawing added focus to the myriad issues faced by London’s 33 local boroughs.

NLA is dedicated to supporting central, inner and outer London authorities through the formation of a borough-wide network: creating a platform that enables councils to share best practice, present new opportunities for regeneration to the wider NLA network, and discuss common issues in this new era of austerity.

The network aims to provide a platform of support to boroughs to allow them to remain resilient in all areas of delivery of their local area – a vital element in the ongoing development of London as a whole. Augmenting NLA’s permanent Borough Strategies exhibition and new publication, our 2016 programme will provide a range of borough-focused events: from high-level roundtable discussions, to networking and public-centred discussions.

Download our new Borough Strategies 2016 document which brings together the content of exhibition panels on show at the NLA and provides a snapshot of current strategies; as the new London Plan by Sadiq Khan evolves then these local strategies will need to adapt.

Principal Supporters: 

CBREGL Hearn, Countryside

Associate Supporter:


Placemaking Toggle


What does ‘placemaking’ mean and is London getting this right?

With public and private investors seeking to create financially sustainable and socially successful places, what is the key to successful placemaking? How can we create long-term places which will last over many generations and adapt as the needs of the population change? What role does culture, green space and public space play in successful placemaking and how can the community get involved in ensuring their ‘places’ belong to them?

This NLA programme strand will build on NLA’s Public London Insight Study from 2015 as well as the Great Estates Insight Study from 2013 and look at key elements of placemaking, discussing major questions around how London needs to move forward to get placemaking right across the capital.

Sponsored by

Broadgate Estates