Low Carbon Architecture Summer School

International Summer School 2017

Zero Carbon Housing: Designing Sustainable Places to Live

Exploring the role of zero carbon housing in responding to the global challenges associated with designing sustainable places for living.

Our Low Carbon Architecture Summer School gives you a comprehensive overview of the key themes and theories around sustainability and their relevance to the global housing challenge.

Zero carbon housing lies at the heart of current responses to sustainability in the residential sector. However, in order to respond to the wider sustainable development agenda, we need to look beyond current policy and think holistically. This summer school will equip you with a broad understanding of this design theme in terms of social environmental and economic perspectives.

You will have the opportunity to learn from industry and academic experts in the field and practice a range of design skills as part of this Summer School, including working effectively in a small group environment and solving problems using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach.

Preliminary Schedule

Please note this is subject to change.

Saturday 21 July 2018Arrival in Cardiff (Pick up from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 22 July 2018Social event
Monday 23 July 2018Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
Tuesday 24 July 2018Induction to the Welsh School of Architecture

Introduction to zero carbon housing: Designing sustainable places to live
Wednesday 25 July 2018Lectures from visiting experts

Study visit: Solcer House
Thursday 26 July 2018Study visit: BRE Innovation Park
Friday 27 July 2018Introduction to PG study at the school and themes for the design challenge

Study visit: St Fagans
Saturday 28 July 2018Field trips and free time
Sunday 29 July 2018Field trips and free time
Monday 30 July 2018Introduction to design challenges

Design challenge: Tutorials and group working
Tuesday 31 July 2018Study visit: Theme-specific trip
Wednesday 1 August 2018Design challenge: Tutorials and group working

Design challenge: Interim presentations
Thursday 2 August 2018Design challenge: Tutorials and group working
Friday 3 August 2018Design challenge: Final assessment day

Final gala ceremony


The fee for the Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Heathrow airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 21 July, drop off is 4 August) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Contact us

If you have any questions or for more information, please email pse-iss@cardiff.ac.uk.