On 25–26 October, the University of Westminster’s Department of Architecture hosted the National Energy Programme II Symposium offering discussions and exhibitions covering innovative sustainable building design and energy efficient technologies.

The two-day event was funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan and was supported by the organising committee led by Westminster researchers Benson Lau, Mehrdad Borna, Mohataz Hossain and Dr Rosa Schiano-Phan.

While the first day focused on exchange of knowledge and advanced development on sustainable building design and energy efficient technology, the second day offered networking opportunities for the academics and the industrial partners.

The event included presentations from research partners from the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) who introduced the updated research outcomes as well as a presentation from Westminster Reader Benson Lau who covered the theme of Building with Air, White Light and Dark Shadows.

Four keynote architectural speakers, including Professor Brian Ford, Professor John Chilton, Architect Giles Bruce and Mark Lin, also gave inspiring talks on innovative environmental design strategies and practice.

The symposium was a great success attracting numerous highly renowned attendees from both academia and the building industry. The sustainable research and teaching capabilities of the University of Westminster’s Department of Architecture were greatly praised by the guests including Professor Chin-Huai Young from NTUST, who invited the Westminster research team to collaborate on his three-year government funded research project, named Innovative Energy Harvesting Heat Insulation Solar Glass Façade for Architectural Application.

Westminster Reader Benson Lau said about the event: “The NEP II Symposium successfully achieved three key objectives set out by the organising committee: Knowledge Exchange and Transfer, International Academic and Industrial collaboration and Research informed Teaching in the two-day event.”

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