This course is aimed at architects and professionals in the built environment disciplines seeking the knowledge and the tools to apply an environmentally responsive approach to current architectural and building design practice. This course will equip building professionals with the relevant skills to make a tangible difference to society through the practice of environmental design, to drive change and to respond to the demands of the building industry seeking better and more sustainable buildings.
From September 2014, students on our new Architecture and Environmental Design MSc will take a fresh critical look at this subject and develop the knowledge to work towards environmental architecture, which is environmentally and energy conscious, yet sensitive to the contextual and socio-cultural landscape we live in.
Dr Rosa Schiano-Phan, course leader of the new Architecture and Environmental Design MSc, describes how important an understanding of environmental design is to future architects and building professionals:
“The many environmental and energy challenges that we are facing globally and locally can no longer be ignored. If climate change is inevitable, however, we can still mitigate some of its effects and we must adapt to it."
"The current and future generation of architects and building professionals have the responsibility to implement the required changes towards mitigation and adaptation in the built environment. This calls for a deeper understanding of the principles of environmental design, and their effective application in architectural practice."
"Buildings claiming to be environmentally conscious often do not perform to the expected standards, still heavily contributing to energy consumption and global CO2 emissions and often providing unsatisfactory comfort conditions to occupants. A design approach which combines the application of environmental design principles, post-occupancy feedback and performance evaluation will be the key to the uptake of successful sustainable buildings and cities, which effectively move towards mitigation and adaptation to climate change.”
Before joining Westminster, Rosa was Senior Lecturer at the Architectural Association teaching the MSc and MArch in Sustainable Environmental Design. Rosa has a background in consultancy and research in the field of Bioclimatic Architecture and Environmental Design. She is the co-author of The Architecture and Engineering of Downdraught Cooling, published in 2010 and recipient of a commendation by the RIBA President’s Awards for Research in December 2011.
The course will be run from Westminster’s Department of Architecture which was ranked joint second in the UK by architects in practice in a 2013 poll run by the highly respected professional publication Architects’ Journal.
“I am delighted to announce the start of the new Architecture and Environmental Design MSc” says Professor Katharine Heron, Head of Westminster’s Department of Architecture. “The course aims to instil skill and confidence in students, architects and designers, enabling them to environmentally design buildings in a truly integrative way, with imagination and with innovation. This is a hands-on course, where students will also develop their critical thinking and ability to make strategic decisions in the design of projects of any scale."
"We welcome applications from practising architects and designers, as well as recent graduates. They will engage with a multi-disciplinary team of research active teaching staff, and practitioners in their fields.”