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Sustainable Design Academy

Welcome to SDAcademy

The Sustainable Design Academy – hosted by the Sustainable Design Collective – offers a learning and skills development platform focussed on the environmental and social impact of the design and architecture industry.
Our online bite-size courses are curated and compiled by leading members of the workplace design industry and sustainability consultants and provide practical learning for new entrants to the sector as well as established practitioners.
The pre-recorded courses are targeted toward designers, architects, specifiers, CRE professionals and facilities managers, together with product suppliers and manufacturers to gain valuable industry-specific skills and understanding. Each programme is designed to be highly informative but importantly, not overly technical or intimidating. The content is designed for the audience to learn practical applications of sustainability in projects and is in easily digestible bite-size format.
We want to provide positive, industry specific learning.

Courses

Sustainability Principles

This Course is free to all!

The concepts and foundations of sustainability including definitions and principles. The application of these principles within architecture, interiors and business in general. Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental Social Governance (ESG).

  • Modules: 4 + Reference material and articles
  • Hours Needed: 2 hours (plus research time)
  • Tutors: Asif Din, Sustainability Director, Perkins & Will / Ana Rita Martins, Sustainability Lead, Woodalls
  • Exam: No
  • Certificate: Yes

Circular Economy & Design

The application of the circular economy within workplace projects. Definitions & principles; technical and biological cycles; significance and benefits; implementation; procurement and tendering for greater circularity.

  • Modules: 4 + Reference material and articles
  • Hours Needed: 2 hours (plus research time)
  • Tutors: Asif Din, Sustainability Director, Perkins&Will / Lucy Bagshaw, Project Director (Sustainable Designer), TP Bennett
  • Exam: No
  • Certificate: Yes

Certifications Standards

A focus on the different building certification standards. Working to specific building standards and frameworks; sustainability assessments; achieving points across different standards. Environmental and wellbeing considerations. Achieving greater sustainability outside of defined frameworks.

  • Modules: 3 + Reference material and articles
  • Hours Needed: 2 hours (plus research time)
  • Tutors: Ana Rita Martins, Sustainability Lead, Woodalls / Lucy Bagshaw, Project Director (Sustainable Designer), TP Bennett
  • Exam: No
  • Certificate: Yes

Biophilia

Biophilic or bio design embraces far more than plants. The principles and the connections between people and nature within the workplace environment; designing for wellbeing and a more people-centric approach.

  • Modules: 1 + Reference material and articles
  • Hours Needed: 1 hour (plus research time)
  • Tutor: Anja Schellenbauer, Associate Director and Head of Sustainability, Conran and Partners
  • Exam: No
  • Certificate: Yes

Neurodiversity

What is neurodiversity? Definition and relevance; creating work environments that support both neurotypical and neurodiverse employees; design implications; acoustic, visual and physical stimulation; choices and options.

  • Modules: 1 + Reference material and articles
  • Hours Needed: 1 hour (plus research time)
  • Tutor: Kay Sargent, Director of Workplace, HOK (Washington DC)
  • Exam: No
  • Certificate: Yes

Coming Soon!

Our next Course is currently being curated, and will be available soon. Sign up to our mailing list to stay notified on future releases.

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Group Access

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