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Sustainable Design Academy


The SD Academy has been conceived, developed, and hosted by The Sustainable Design Collective. Launched in 2021, The Sustainable Design Collective was formed as a ‘think tank’ group of workplace architects, designers, specifiers & consultants with a mission to promote learning and understanding, innovation, and positive action towards greater sustainability within the built environment.
As well as meeting regularly to debate specific topics relevant to workplace design, SDC is now part of a global community on the international stage.
The Academy was created to offer a learning and skills development platform focusing 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.

A video introduction to the SDA...

Our Goals

To provide a platform for open debate, and share knowledge and findings.
To develop a range of initiatives and opportunities to communicate ‘Best Practice’.
To highlight difficulties to relevant bodies and stakeholders to accelerate the pace of change.

Core Team

Harsha Kotak,
Founder, Women In Office Design & Projects Director, K2 Space

Komal Kotwal,
Founder, EquiSustain

UK Collective Members

Joanna Knight,
Sustainability & Circular Economy Manager, WOD

Ella Fathi,
Head of Sustainability, IOR Group

Laura Wardrope,
Senior Project Manager, JLL

Asif Din,
Sustainability Director, Perkins&Will

May Fawzy,
Design Director, MF Studio & Director at BIID

Dicky Lewis,
Owner Director, White Red Architects

Lucy Bagshaw,
Designer, tp bennett

Emily King,
Designer, BDP architects

Gurvinder Khurana,
Director, M Moser

Sameeha Joshi,
Peldon Rose

Ana Rita Martins,
Sustainability Lead, MCM

Deepak Parmar,
Design Director/B Corp Lead, MCM

Nigel Tresise,
Director & Founder, align interior architecture and design

Jennie GreenWalker,
Associate, MAA architects

Dominick Pegram,
Owner & Director, Salt and Pegram

Jenna Monteith,
Associate Technical Designer, Unispace

Sarah Audsley,
Partner, Knight Frank

Matt Davies,
Director of Sustainability, The Furniture Practice

Anja Schellenbauer,
Associate Director, John Robertson Architects

Fiona Edwards,
Head of Sustainability, JPA Workspaces

Alison Grant,
Senior Associate, HLW

Claire Owens,
Associate, Sheppard Robson

Deborah Allen,
Founder, DouglasJane Studio

Lydia Randall,
Director – Head of ESG, BDG

Mathew Freeman,
Director – Freeman Studio & Former President – British Institute of Interior Design

Ilaria Baldini,
Senior Designer, Unispace

Valerio D’Angelantonio, Partner and Sustainable Design Coordinator, MAKE Architects

Sam Allen,
Sustainability Lead, Mmoser

Alex Webb,
Sustainability Consultant, The Furniture Practice

Roseanna Hart,
Sustainability Lead, Cast Group

Phil Towle,
Sustainability Lead, The Furniture Practice

Caroline Pontifex,
Director, Head of Workplace & Design, Savills

Joe Croft,
Head of Environmental & Sustainability, Overbury & Morgan Lovell

Zoë​​​​ Glander,
Environmental and Sustainability Manager, Overbury & Morgan Lovell

Rhiannon Laurie,
Design Sustainability Director, Gensler

Simah Aslam,
Workplace Design Manager, Abrn

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