Learning about sustainable architecture
8 September 2014
International architecture students have visited the University to learn more about low carbon and sustainable design from experts at the Welsh School of Architecture.
The first Low Carbon Architecture Summer Programme (LCASP) was launched in July 2013 with the aim of bringing together international undergraduates and recent graduates from schools of architecture and the built environment keen to develop a UK experience in low carbon design. The School recently hosted its second programme with the dedicated theme of 'Sustainable Built Environments'.
During the two week programme, the 91 students who had travelled from China, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, India and Lebanon engaged in interactive and inspiring lectures, workshops, seminars, field trips and project work.
The project work included computer modelling, physical model making and the use of the School's state-of-the art Artificial Sky Dome for daylight explorations and design optimisation. The students also visited low carbon and sustainable venues including The Crystal Exhibition in London, the BRE Innovation Park in Watford, St Fagans Natural History Museum and Stonehenge.
The students were welcomed by Professor Karen Holford, Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Professor Chris Tweed, Head of the Welsh School of Architecture and Professor Phil Jones, Chair of Architectural Science and Chair of the Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI).
Dr Heba Elsharkawy, LCASP Co-ordinator and lecturer at the Welsh School of Architecture, said: "The aim of the lectures, seminars and field trips is not to provide a prescription to low carbon and sustainable design, but to create a crucible of ideas that encourage debate and generate bespoke approaches to sustainable design in the built environment.
"The students were introduced to a range of subjects, from urban considerations of planning to technical design of fabric and systems for sustainable built environments, and they were provided with training on emphasising a balanced approach to environmental, socio-economic and technical aspects of the built environment."
The Welsh School of Architecture has a reputation for being one of the best Schools in the UK for its holistic approach to design which embraces all aspects of sustainable design and planning. The School is acknowledged as a world leader in the research and development of sustainable and low carbon building design and research of sustainable developments in the UK, China and the Middle East.