With only a few days left until World Architecture Day, there's still time to register for this landmark summit where creativity meets commerce. And if you haven't yet registered for the event that's on everyone's lips, here are five great reasons to attend...
1. Unprecedented access to development projects
Architects can network with developers, investors, clients and influencers - giving unparalleled access to potential business contacts and large overseas contracts for their practice. We've got some of the world's leading movers and shapers coming including: King's Cross Central Limited Partnership, Hines, Land Securities, Zog Group, Peter Rees, Tishman Speyer, Redab Properties, Bupa, British Land, Cathedral Group, Allied London, Brookfield Multiplex, Derwent, Disney, Greycoat investors, plus international trade advisors, embassy reps and city leaders from New York, London and Helsinki.

© Courtesy of Urban Land Institute
2. Exciting programme of events
Through a series of interactive discussions and debates, our fast-paced agenda will address key issues in six architectural sectors: Education design, Healthcare design, Civic buildings, Commercial, Residential and Urban regeneration. On the day, we'll also be announcing the winners of both our student competition and WAN Award for Civic Buildings. Plus our on-site press desk will be streaming highlights live over the internet and fielding comments and questions for our speakers from around the world. The WAN Tenders Team will also be on hand to discuss how we can help you secure profitable business opportunities. Following proceedings, we'll be heading off to the award-winning campus on Central Saint Martins for a drinks reception and final opportunity to network.

© Grand Egyptian Museum, Cairo by Heneghan Peng
3. Inspirational line-up of speakers
The leading lights and rising stars of the architectural world will be convening under one roof for a thought-provoking round of presentations and workshops designed to inspire excellence and promote best practice. Our impressive line-up of international speakers and panelists, including keynote addresses from Rafael Viñoly and Will Alsop, will be discussing issues surrounding the day's theme Architects are city changers - chosen by our partners, the UIA. Plus, Daniel Libeskind will be joining the debate remotely by offering a personal message of support for World Architecture Day.
4. Global award-winning architecture
World Architecture Day will also be showcasing the finest designs from across the globe. In the world's first and only 'iPad City', we'll be splicing the business and digital worlds to give architects the opportunity to exhibit their portfolio, promote their practice and gain invaluable exposure to developers and potential clients. So bring along your tablet, join our online community and start maximising your virtual presence.

© Nebuta House Museum, Japan by Molo Design
5. Launch of World Cities Network
CEO of World Cities Network, Brian Kilkelly will be joined by Will Alsop (All Design), David Resnick (City of New York) and Gavin Thompson (Buro Happold) for the inauguration of this independent initiative that aims to accelerate progress in developing smart, resilient cities. Using projects that have already made an impact on urban infrastructure as models, the network will attempt to advance public policy and best practice through collaboration between city leaders, real estate organisations, investors, architects and technology firms.
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World Architecture Day 2012: London. We're going. Are you?

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