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Architecture and Climate Change Summer School

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Our Architecture and Climate Change International Summer School gives you a comprehensive overview of the key themes and theories around sustainability and their relevance to architectural design for the global climate change challenge.

In response to the UK Government’s recent announcements with regards to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have decided to cancel our Summer Schools for 2020.

We understand this may be disappointing but ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff has to be our priority.

We will be updating these webpages in due course with information about Summer Schools for 2021. If you have any questions, please get in touch by emailing pse-iss@cardiff.ac.uk.

We appreciate your understanding in these unprecedented times and we hope to see you in Cardiff in the future.

Zero carbon built environment lies at the heart of current responses to sustainability. You will learn from industry and academic experts in the field and practice a range of design skills. We'll equip you with a broad understanding of this design theme in terms of social, environmental and economic perspectives.

It 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 design our future built environment to mitigate against and adapt to climate change.

Design challenges this year may include the following topics (these topics are still subject to change):

  • designing low carbon housing
  • designing for sustainable building performance
  • heritage conservation and climate change
  • green roofs and urban agriculture
  • passive design principles
  • towards zero carbon skyscrapers
  • redesign of existing buildings for low carbon future.

Please note, the contents of this course are still subject to change and may be cancelled in the event of low turnout.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this is schedule subject to change.

July 2021Arrival in Cardiff (pick up from Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport provided)
 Networking event
 Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
 Introduction to the climate change challenge and industry visit
 Architectural practice and policy
 Urban design and circular economy
 All day industry visit to BRE Innovation Park
 Field trips and free time
 Free time
 Historic conservation policies and human behaviour
 PhD student demonstration and design challenge group work  
 Industry visit to the Senedd and interim presentations
 Tackling the challenge through performance
 Design challenge presentations and writing activity

Final Gala Dinner
 Departure from Cardiff (drop off to Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport provided)

The standard fee for our two week 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 Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport on fixed dates and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Excellence scholarship

One student on each Summer School will receive an Excellence Scholarship worth £1,000. The scholarship is merit-based and will consider your academic profile, work experience and personal statement.

Partner institutions

Partner institutions will receive a reduction in feeds depending on how many students will be attending the Summer School. Our partnership agreement contract will include more information about this. Alternatively please contact us with any questions and we will be happy to help.

Your visit

In addition to a valuable learning experience, you will stay in city centre accommodation, embark on two cultural trips within the UK and be invited to entertaining social events in our vibrant Welsh capital. This is an opportunity to experience British culture with new friends from across the globe.

Both Wales and the UK are uniquely rich in history, architecture and culture and our Summer Schools are sure to give you unrivalled personal, social and academic benefits which will enhance any CV or résumé.

Applying for a short-term study visa

Some students will need to apply for a short-term study visa before travelling to the UK while others can apply on entry to the UK at immigration control. For the latest information on short-term visas head to Home Office guidance.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this Summer School, the academic content or how you can prepare for this course, please get in touch with Sophie Lewis in our International Summer School team.

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