UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Spotlight on Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc graduate Ka Ming Cheung

9 June 2020

Ka Ming Cheung, known as Clement, graduated from UCL’s Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings (HWSB) MSc in 2019, here he shares his experience

HWSB sensory walk

Clement’s undergraduate degree was in building services engineering. Before he started his MSc at UCL he spent 5 years working in engineering practices on building services and energy management.

Reflecting on the growing importance of health and wellbeing in the built environment, Clement said:

The right to an environment that supports healthy and sustainable living for all is regarded as one of the top priorities in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Both the public and private sectors are encouraged to look for solutions to tackle the problem.”

This growing concern with health and wellbeing in the built environment in several sectors means that the HWSB programme opened up a number of opportunities for Clement when he was applying for work:

The course provided me lots of valuable skills that benefited me a lot when progressing with my career. The MSc’s truly interdisciplinary curriculum opened many doors to me, not only in the construction industry, but also the public and social policy sector.”

Following his graduation in 2019, Ka Ming was given an internship position in the Strategy and Change Team of Camden Council. He learned about the inner workings of local government, and participated in projects such as the Camden Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Crisis. Clement is now doing a PhD in Architecture in Hong Kong, he said that his experience studying HWSB equipped him with the right skills he needed to continue his education:

The research and transferable skills training provided in the MSc course enabled me to further my study by doing a PhD. The highly prestigious UCL degree also helped me to be more competitive in the selection process of graduate schools around the world.”

We’d like to thank Clement for sharing his experience of studying Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc at The Bartlett UCL and wish him all the best in his PhD.