UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Integrated Building Design: Arup, Sky Central building – Valuable moments in design journey.

28 May 2021, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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Join UCL IEDE for the sixth public event in our Integrated Building Design seminar series with speakers from Arup.

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About the event

The words, total, holistic, multi-disciplinary and integrated design have been used extensively in the construction industry for many years. Our world is changing at an unprecedented rate. Integrated design can add tremendous value to our buildings, our lives, our wellbeing and our planet. However, at times it remains a mystery how integrated design is achieved: Which are those moments in a project where the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts, in what environments do these occur, and what attitudes and approaches do participants adopt to enable integrated design to flourish and thrive? Darren Barlow & Vasilis Maroulas will share and explore their thoughts on Integrated and Total Design using Sky Central Building as a model where innovative and integrated design was at the heart of the design journey.

About the speakers

Darren Barlow is a Director of Environmental & Building Services Design, at Arup. He has a passion for total design and using it to influence positive outcomes for our environment through building projects.

He has extensive experience of designing building services and a specialisation in sustainable environmental design. This experience enables him to help clients realise the most technically ambitious of ideas.  

Darren is currently the multidisciplinary design director on a series of landmark projects with high standards of sustainability, such as SNFCC, Sky Central, Fubon A25 Tower in Taipei, Whittle Schools & Studios in Shenzhen (WSS). His extensive experience and expertise allow him to help multiple project stakeholders address the latest challenges our industry faces, such as mitigating against climate change and preparing for digital transformation within the built environment. 

He strongly believes that total design can be realised through strategic design leadership and the formation of a close collaborative design culture with project architects and other technical disciplines. 

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Vasilis Maroulas is an Associate Director at Arup. As an Environmental and Building Services Engineer with a background in mechanical engineering and passive design, He has delivered high quality sustainable developments in the UK and abroad. He is passionate about progressive architecture, emerging renewable technologies and creativity in design. 

The technical content of his work has encompassed an extensive range of general building services, environmental passive design techniques, application of practical sustainable retrofit measures and low energy ventilation systems. He has an extensive experience in heritage projects, having led the sustainability and building services design for the renovation of Royal Academy of Arts and he is currently project director for the renovation of Camden Town Hall. Vasilis is proud for leading the building services design and repurposing of the Smithfield Markets for the new Museum of London, as well as the Lambeth Palace services upgrade project.

He holds a firm belief in the concept of ‘total design’ and the improved quality and economy that can be generated through a truly holistic and integrated sustainable design approach.

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