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Sustainable Design Academy

Circular Economy & Design​

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This course provides an overview and introduction to the principles of the circular economy and the impact and implications for workplace design. No prior experience is required. It is suited to professionals across workplace project teams; this might include:

  • Workplace designers
  • Architects
  • Project managers
  • CRE professionals
  • FFE and Finishes Specifiers
  • Product designers

At a glance

  • Modules: 3 + 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
  • Language: English

Course Content

The course includes four separate online recordings (circa 8 minutes). Part 1A and Part 1B / Part 2A and Part 2B. Each module includes links for additional reading and research.

Content includes: 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Overview and understanding of the concept of the circular economy and its application within workplace design.
  • Understand the basic terminology.
  • How to introduce greater circularity within specification and procurement.
  • Obtain the knowledge to continue your learning and skills development within specific topics.
  • Certificate of Attendance / Completion.

Meet the Presenters

Asif Din

Sustainability Director, Perkins & Will

Asif is Sustainability Director at Perkins&Will. He has raised the profile of carbon proficiency in the practice which includes a costed Zero Carbon Report at the end of concept design for all projects. He has also been involved in expanding the sustainability remit within designs as part of the ‘Living Design’ initiative.
He has over 20 years’ experience in delivering Zero Carbon design projects: notably BedZED and Jubilee Wharf in Penryn, Cornwall. He has worked in the UK and abroad in China and the Middle East. He has a PhD in Life Cycle design of buildings from Cass School of Art and Design at LMU.

Lucy Bagshaw

Lucy Bagshaw, Project Director (Sustainable Designer), tp bennett

Lucy is a Project Director at tp bennett with a breadth of experience across different sectors, both locally in the UK and internationally.

As a key member of the sustainability team at tp bennett, Lucy implements initiatives across interiors projects as well as for the business more broadly. She is the internal lead on responsible sourcing of materials and the internal materials database, and has co-written the sections on Circular Economy and Responsible Sourcing for the upcoming British Council for Offices (BCO) Fit-out Guide.