UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Spotlight on Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc graduate Congcong Li

21 April 2021

Congcong Li graduated from UCL’s Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings (HWSB) MSc in 2020. Congcong Li shares her experience.

Photo of Congcong Li HWSB graduate in front of a carousel

Before entering the MSc HWSB at UCL, Congcong majored in Construction Management at Shandong University of Architecture and Engineering. Due to her passion in sustainable construction and building, she carried out further research relating to the construction of green building, green retrofit of existing building and simulation of healthy indoor built environment. 

Congcong shares her experience:

This programme broadened my horizons, deepened my understanding of relevant industry standard’s such as WELL, LEED and BREEAM, and helped me learn how to monitor and simulate the built environment. When I was looking for job opportunities, my master's degree and the knowledge I learned interested many recruiters. I received several interview invitations from China and the UK by updating my CV on LinkedIn and other job sites. I finally chose a job that can utilise my multidisciplinary backgrounds.”

Congcong goes on to explain further why the course was so beneficial to her:

Health and Wellbeing in Cities: Theory and Practice was my favourite module on the Masters. The case study visits and practical teaching gave us an understanding of urban health connections and wellbeing at neighbourhood and urban scale. The module coursework allowed students with different academic backgrounds in different programmes to work together, helping us learn from a range of different professional perspectives.”

After graduation Congcong worked at the Institute of Healthy Building at the China Academy of Building Research. Ths institute initiated and compiled a series of Chinese healthy building evaluation standards and technical specifications. At present she is working as the secretary of China Industry Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance of Healthy Building, which commits to promoting the development of the healthy building industry in China. 

Offering advice for future HWSB MSc students to get the most out of their experience, Congcong suggests:

I would like to tell students who have multidisciplinary backgrounds like me, that although they may encounter challenges when studying for the HWSB degree, they will also discover many opportunities when looking for a job. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the construction industry more concerned about the health and wellbeing of the built environment, and increased demand for professionals in this field. Please pay more attention to the information relating to the healthy building industry, network with professionals in the field and expand your social circle as early as you can.”  

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