Spotlight on Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc graduate Honda Lu
15 April 2021
Honda Lu graduated from UCL’s Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings (HWSB) MSc in 2020. Honda shares his experience.
Before entering the Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc (HWSB) at UCL, Honda studied in the field of public health and graduated from the Health Care Administration programme at Taipei Medical University. In addition to studying medical-related knowledge, Honda also completed an interdisciplinary course in architecture at National Taipei University of Technology whilst working as an intern for a company that specialises in designing medical spaces and friendly spaces for the elderly.
Honda shares his experience:
“There are very few educational degrees relating to healthy buildings in Taiwan, and there are very few professionals specialising in health, wellbeing and sustainable buildings. According to the vice president of IWBI ASIA, I am the first in Taiwan to graduate from a research institute specialising in healthy buildings. This makes my resume very competitive.’
Honda goes on to explain further why the course was so beneficial to him
“HWSB is not only for students with architectural backgrounds. The interdisciplinary integration is a huge advantage to this course and the selection of the modules is also very comprehensive. In the Integrated Building Design for Health, Comfort and Wellbeing module, we had the opportunity to design together with students from different professional backgrounds and countries, cultivating our creativity and critical thinking. The experience and training of cross-domain learning in HWSB has helped me to implement and understand WELL specifications, enabling me to apply what I have learned and pass the WELL AP exam."
Honda tells us what he is now doing after graduating:
“After graduating from UCL, I successfully passed the WELL AP exam and started work at a consulting company, Greenjump Sustainability as a WELL project manager, responsible for organising WELL education promotion activities, WELL business promotion and implementation of WELL certification cases."
Offering advice for future HWSB MSc students to get the most out of their experience, Honda suggests:
“When looking for a job, sharing your dissertation is often helpful. I shared mine during a job interview, which prompted conversation and showcased my expertise. This method helped me successfully impress the interviewing officer, and after securing a role within the company, I even had the opportunity to give a presentation to everyone on the topic of my dissertation."