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Sustainable Design Academy

Sustainability Principles

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This course provides an overview and introduction to the principles of sustainability. 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

*This course if FREE to all, but requires you to create an SDA account first. Enrol by clicking the blue button above.

At a glance

  • 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
  • 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 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).

Learning Outcomes

  • Overview and understanding of the basic principles of sustainability.
  • Understand the basic terminology and interactions between environmental and people-centric design approaches.
  • 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.

Ana Rita Martins

Sustainability Lead, Woodalls

Ana Rita Barreira Martins, an accomplished architect based in London, is deeply committed to promoting ESG design and methodologies. Ana Rita heads the sustainability for Woodalls Design, a UK workplace design and build company.
Ana Rita has extensive experience coordinating projects using environmental, social, and health frameworks or certification systems such as BREEAM, LEED, and WELL. In addition, she is actively involved in developing her company’s roadmap for carbon footprint reduction and maintaining credentials such as ISO 14001, Considerate Constructors Scheme and EcoVadis Silver. Apart from her professional pursuits, Ana Rita participates in research and climate awareness groups such as the Sustainable Design Collective and UK Interior Design Declares. She is a highly regarded speaker at industry events and shares her expertise by mentoring students.