Sustainable Environmental Design

Sustainable Environmental Design



MSc + MArch Sustainable Environmental Design

Sustainable Environmental Design engages with real-life problems affecting buildings and cities throughout the world. Providing alternatives to the global architecture and brute force engineering that are still the norm in most large cities requires new knowledge about what makes a sustainable environment and how architecture can contribute to this. Design research for the SED masters programme is driven by strict performance criteria following a process of adaptive architecturing that proceeds from inside to outside, attuning the built form and its constituents to natural rhythms and inhabitant activities. Key objectives of all SED projects are to improve environmental conditions and quality of life in cities, achieve independence from non-renewable energy sources and develop an environmentally sustainable architecture able to adapt and respond to changing urban environments.

Refurbishing the City, the SED research agenda, continued this year with team projects in Terms 1 and 2 (Phase 1) and dissertation projects in Terms 3 and 4 (Phase 2). London was the laboratory for the team projects, providing real sites and buildings for hands-on fieldwork and environmental measurements. These investigations were followed by computational simulations that explored performance improvements and responses to social trends, climate change and technical developments. The results of these studies were starting points for Term 2 design research briefs on sites in the Royal Docks area of East London.

Fifty dissertation projects, situated in as many cities and more than 30 different countries, were started or completed this academic year encompassing widely different climates, building types, architectural features and operational conditions. Projects in India, an exhibition of 12 recent dissertation projects by SED students from India was put on display at the PLEA 2014 international conference in Ahmedabad.


Simos Yannas

Paula Cadima

Nick Baker

Klaus Bode

Gustavo Brunelli

Herman Calleja

Mariam Kapsali

Byron Mardas

Jorge Rodriguez Alvarez


External Examiners

Bill Gething

Alan Short

MSc & MArch Phase 1 Students

Antonio Costa Almeida

Irech Castrejon

Juanito Alipio De La Rosa

Maria Francisca Echeverri

Sandheep Ellangovan

Sheila Esteve

Oindrila Ghosh

Irene Giglio

Lu Jing

Aarushi Juneja

Michelle Kuei

Jennifer Liao

Aly Mahmoud

Nimmiya Mariam

Daniel Chad McKee

Mariana Moniz

Mattis Mussault

Wasinee Prasongsumrit

Luis Arturo Reyes

Maria Teresa Sanchez 

Cindrella Semaan

Victoria Soto Magán

Avgousta Stanitsa

Monica Toledo

Julia Torrubia

Olga Tsagkalidou

Tolga Uzunhasanoglu

Ameer Varzgani

April Wang 

Jiaji Yang

Daniel Zepeda


MArch Phase 2 Students

Han Chen

Adriana Comi

Camilla Diane El-Dash

Mahmoud Ezzeldin

Francisco Godoy

Anahí González San Martín

Madhulika Kumar

Ayelet Lanel

Rhiannon Taylor Laurie

Gabriela Nuñez-Melgar

Artem Polomannyy

Ganesh Pulavarnattham Sivakumar

Hyosik Pyo

Jorge Ramirez

Andrea Rossi

Praew Sirichanchuen

Svilen Todorov

Pierluigi Turco

Mariyam Zakiah


Visiting Lecturers & Contributors


Kanika Agarwal Mahadevwala, Carole Aspeslagh, Meital Ben Dayan,  Magali Bodart, Angeliki Chatzidimitriou, Jason Cornish, Peter Chlapowski, Andre De Herde, Larissa De Rosso, Christian Dimbleby, Arnaud Evrard, Brian Ford, Joana Gonçalves, Alan Harries, Catherine Harrington, Richard Hawkes, Dean Hawkes, Andreas Matzarakis, Joy-Anne Mowbray, Fergus Nicol, Mileni Pamfili, Rajan Rawal, Harald Røstvik, Jean-François Roger France, Philippe Samyn, Amedeo Scofone, Helge Simon, Becci Taylor, Leonidas Tsichritzis