UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


CIBSE Happold Brilliant Award presented to University College London

20 October 2022

UCL's Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering has been presented with the Happold Brilliant Award 2020/2021 in recognition of the contribution of the MEng Engineering and Architectural Design.

Haploid Brilliant Prize presentation

The MEng Engineering and Architectural Design is a four-year programme which has been jointly designed and delivered by The Bartlett School of Architecture (BSA), UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE) and UCL Civil Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) in close collaboration with industry leaders to combine the major disciplines of architecture and engineering of the built environment and prepare graduates to be future industry leaders. Students on this programme enjoy unrivalled spaces to work in, including new facilities at Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, as well as centrally located departments in Bloomsbury.

The Happold Brilliant annual award was introduced by CIBSE to recognise excellence in the teaching of building services engineering. The award was the idea of the late Professor Sir Edmund "Ted" Happold, and is sponsored by the Happold Trust. Ted Happold believed deeply in promoting the excellence of teaching building services engineering, and the contribution that a quality education can bring to the work, values and ideas of the engineers of the future. This year, the Happold Brilliant Award was presented to the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering at the CIBSE President’s Award Dinner in October 2022.

The CIBSE panel was "impressed by the high quality of graduates produced by the university. They felt that the project topics studied by the students cover a wide range of building services areas and include sustainability and renewable systems. The panel thought that UCL has excellent links with the industry through the advisory panel and UCL had very impressive facilities including its Centre of Excellence (RAEng Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design) and laboratories. The students are supported by experienced, helpful, and dedicated staff throughout their course."

Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering Director Dejan Mumovic said:

We’re delighted for our students and staff on the Programme, who have worked incredibly hard since 2015  to make this pioneering education possible and to now receive the recognition from CIBSE Happold Brilliant Award is a great honour.  The Programme is one of only few in the world fully accredited by three major professional bodies relevant to sustainable building design and engineering: RIBA/ARB, CIBSE and JBM. We look forward to years of further growth and learning through this genuine collaborative pioneering programme."

Luke Olsen, Programme Director for the Bartlett School of Architecture, said:

The greatest challenge we face, is to collaborate and design imaginative, seamless and robust solutions for the built environment that tackle the global challenges we all face.  On the MEng Engineering & Architecture Design we bring divergent disciplines back together in the pursuit of a more sustainable and integrated fresh approach to design of the built environment.

Liora Malki Epshtein, Civil Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, a co-founder of MEng Engineering and Architectural= Design, said:

It is vital that universities develop and deliver now the education for the future leaders of the building industry. The graduates of the MEAD programme will have the skills and the ambition to effect real change in future designs of the building industry and we are very much looking forward to following their careers and see what they get up to.

Led by Professor Oliveira of Strathclyde University, the core MEng Development and Delivery Team (2014-2021): Olsen (BSA), Malki-Epshtein (CEGE), Mumovic (IEDE) and D'Ayala (CEGE) published a paper in Springer's International Journal of Technology and Design Education on "Transcending disciplines in architecture, structural and building services engineering: a new multidisciplinary educational approach." reflecting upon the mechanisms that enabled development of curricular approaches to multidisciplinary architecture/engineering higher education embedded in MEng Engineering and Architectural Design. CIBSE accreditation advisor for the programme was Honorary Professor Tim Dwyer.

Further information

The Happold Foundation is a charity set up to promote education, training and research in the construction industry fields of engineering, design, technology and architecture.

Ted Happold was founding partner of multi-disciplinary consulting engineers Buro Happold and was responsible for establishing environmental and building services engineering within the practice. An Honorary Fellow of CIBSE, Ted was an enthusiastic, long-term supporter of the Institution.

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) is a professional body established in 1897 to ‘support the Science, Art and Practice of building services engineering, by providing our members and the public with first class information and education services and promoting the spirit of fellowship which guides our work.' CIBSE is a pioneer in responding to the threat of climate change and its 21,000 members belong to a global network of professional support and expertise.

Oliveira, S., Olsen, L., Malki-Epshtein, L., Mumovic, D., and D'Ayala, D. Transcending disciplines in architecture, structural and building services engineering: a new multidisciplinary educational approach. Int J Technol Des Educ 32, 1247–1265 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10798-020-09645-3.

Photo credit: CIBSE