UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Spotlight on Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc graduate Yudi Huang

5 May 2020

Yudi Huang graduated from UCL’s Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc in 2019, here she shares her experience.

Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings class at the British Library
Image: The Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc class of 2018/19 at the British Library

During her studies, Yudi completed her dissertation with Hoare Lea which helped inform helped inform aspects of an article published on CIBSE Journal called ‘Factors affecting workplace satisfaction’. She has recently started a job in the Design and Research Centre of a Chinese Real Estate company and has written to us to share her experiences of job hunting and how her MSc helped her get her new job. 

When she started job hunting, Yudi had not realised jobs in a real estate would be a potential career pathway. However, when researching she found read a piece of news from a real estate company about its innovation programme on healthy homes, she decided to send in her CV and see what opportunities could be available.

They contacted me after seeing my CV, because they were also interested in what I learnt from the Masters course about health, wellbeing and sustainability in the built environment - the latest research and technologies in this field, and if this information could be used in their innovation program.”

Yudi has now joined the Innovation Team in the company’s Research and Design Centre. Her work consists of researching to provide new ideas and strategies on how to provide the occupants/clients a healthier home. The department she works in also cooperates with the International Future Living Institute, working on the update of the new housing and neighbourhood design.

Reflecting on her experience looking for a job, Yudi credits the Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc for setting her CV apart from others. She said:

During the job-hunting journey, I believe that studying on MSc HWSB helped me become a unique applicant among many competitors. Because I got the latest, useful information about healthy buildings that others did not have the chance to structurally study.”

Noting the current coronavirus pandemic Yudi believes it has increased attention to the Health and Wellbeing agenda across the sector.

the coronavirus situation also raises attention on the importance of healthy indoor environment and accelerates the development of healthy buildings at least in China. Many built-environment related companies start to think and choose ‘health’ as their new direction, which gives us an opportunity.”

As a final piece of advice to fellow Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc alumni she suggests:

Do some research on the companies or studios you interested in, seeing if they are choosing ‘healthy buildings’ as one of their aims. If so, be proud to emphasize the HWSB in your CV and it will give you a stronger advantage!”

We’d like to thank Yudi for sharing her experience of studying Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc at The Bartlett UCL and wish her all the best in her new career.