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Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable Architecture

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Ana McMillin


Join Sustainable Architecture and gain an insight into outstanding design solutions, familiarising yourself with the key concepts and principles of sustainability in the built environment. 

Sustainable building practices have become an integral part of the architectural design process. We are continually reminded of the detrimental impact of climate change and the impact of human activity on global warming.

With a visit from a guest speaker, you will be introduced to the 10 BREEAM categories, a framework used to evaluate various indicators across environmental, social and economic fields including: energy, pollution, health and wellbeing.

You will also have the chance to apply your knowledge and creative ideas, by participating in a short group workshop. Using an undeveloped site in London you will identify the challenges and solutions, for a new sustainable, architectural design to be enjoyed, without compromise, by future generations.

Topics Covered

  • Concept and Principles of Sustainability 
  • Climate change and impact of human activity on global warming.
  • What to consider in Sustainability practice: an integrated approach to Environment, Society and Economics for low impact.
  • 10 BREEAM categories
  • The Life Cycle of buildings and structures: How can buildings be designed and made more sustainable before, during and after construction.
  • Case studies
  • Workshop
Course Outcomes
You will have gained a general awareness of sustainability in the built environment and acquired conceptual and hands-on knowledge about sustainable architecture. You will have worked within the 10 BREEAM categories framework for a small project, a method that can be applied to future architecture or interior design projects. 

Who Should Attend
Anyone with an interest in sustainability in architecture, whether you have a design background or not.  Perhaps you are thinking of applying for a future course in architecture or related design field; or simply interested in raising your awareness of the built environment.Level
All Levels Welcome


View PDF to explore progression: Interior Design: Your Journey [188kb]

Tutor Description

Ana McMillin is an RIBA Chartered Architect. She is an Associate Senior Urban Designer at HTA Design LLP, London, where she leads large regeneration schemes. She has over 12 years of experience working in strategic masterplanning and concept design for public and private clients in the UK, Middle East, China and Africa. Ana has formed part of the Crits panel for the M.Arch in Urban Design at The Bartlett School of Architecture, and her written and design work has been published in Portugal, UK and Austria.

Ana is in the last stage of her PhD at the Department of Geography and The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. Her research has been shortlisted this year by the Association of European Schools of Planning and by the Centre for Urban Research at the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge.


Please bring the following items with you on the first day:

  • A notebook and pen

Available dates

If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.