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Low Carbon Architecture Summer School

This course has now closed for 2019 entry. Please contact for further enquiries.

International Summer School 2019

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.

Design challenges

The Summer School offers short ‘Design Challenges’ related to our MSc programmes. These are designed to be fun, interactive and informative – leaving you better informed about how we will go about designing our future built environment.

The choice of challenges this year covers:

  • parametric design
  • redesign of existing buildings
  • towards zero carbon skyscrapers
  • building openings and energy efficiency
  • retrofitting historic buildings
  • design and landscape for zero carbon detached houses.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this itinerary is not final and is subject to change.

Saturday 20 July 2019Arrival in Cardiff (Pick up from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 21 July 2019Social event
Monday 22 July 2019Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
Tuesday 23 July 2019Induction to the Welsh School of Architecture

Introduction to zero carbon housing: Designing sustainable places to live
Wednesday 24 July 2019Lectures from visiting experts

Study visit: Solcer House
Thursday 25 July 2019Study visit: BRE Innovation Park
Friday 26 July 2019Introduction to PG study at the school and themes for the design challenge

Study visit: St Fagans
Saturday 27 July 2019Field trips and free time
Sunday 28 July 2019Field trips and free time
Monday 29 July 2019Introduction to design challenges

Design challenge: Tutorials and group working
Tuesday 30 July 2019Study visit: Theme-specific trip
Wednesday 31 July 2019Design challenge: Tutorials and group working

Design challenge: Interim presentations
Thursday 1 August 2019Design challenge: Tutorials and group working
Friday 2 August 2019Design challenge: Final assessment day

Final gala ceremony
Saturday 3 August 2019Departure from Cardiff (Drop off at Heathrow provided)


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 20 July, drop off is 3 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