The Faculties of Engineering and the Bartlett (Built Environment) have been chosen as one of four Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design. Upon funding, the UCL centre would be a joint centre between the two faculties with Dr Liora Malki-Epshtein and Professor Chris Wise (CEGE) representing Engineering, and Dr Ben Croxford (BSGS), Oliver Wilton (BSA) and Professor Paul Ruyssevelt (UCLEnergy) representing the Bartlett, along with CIBSE Visiting Professor Jake Hacker from Arup. Past President of CIBSE, Andy Ford, will chair the Centre's Industrial Panel. With other new centres at Heriot-Watt University, Loughborough University, the University of Sheffield and University College London would form a national network to demonstrate and exchange best practice in teaching and research towards a more sustainable built environment.
At CEGE, the centre would continue ongoing efforts to enhance the curriculum in sustainable building design and sustainable cities with our colleagues at The Bartlett, and to develop new teaching streams for the Faculty of Engineering. Our innovative curriculum, with its strong focus on design and project based learning, is an excellent foundation for the Centre, and one of the key reasons we were chosen by the Royal Academy.
Chris Wise says: "Our vision is for UCL's Engineering and Built Environment (The Bartlett) faculties to work together to grow the world's best technological thinkers and practitioners in sustainable building design. To achieve this ambitious goal from our Centre of Excellence, we must educate a new generation of technologically literate students who are up to the challenge. They need to be contextually aware of the world around them and the buildings they live and work within, observing, responding, and interacting with their environment and understanding how to improve it. They need to be able to deal with rapid transformation of the natural and built environments, human ambitions and experience. They will need to communicate across disciplines and engage in a continuous dialogue between architects, civil, environmental and building services engineers, scientists and technology developers, the occupants of buildings, the buildings themselves, and the infrastructure which serves them. The new Centre will challenge us all: academics, researchers, industry and students and it has the potential to send its ripples far and wide."