The Bartlett


Bartlett and UCL Engineering win a RAEng Centre of Excellence

3 June 2013

'Musee du quai branly' by Sunafterrain

The Bartlett and UCL Engineering and have won one of four Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design. The UCL centre will be a joint centre between the two faculties with Dr Liora Malki-Epshtein and Professor Chris Wise representing Engineering, and Dr Ben Croxford (BSGS), Oliver Wilton (BSA) and Professor Paul Ruyssevelt (UCL-Energy) representing The Bartlett, along with CIBSEand RAEng Visiting Professor Jake Hacker from Arup.

Over the next few months, events will be held across the Bartlett to help refine plans for the Centre. Initial plans include the delivery of Bartlett Built Environment knowledge to undergraduate engineers, and to exploration of how sustainable building design knowledge can be delivered to students from both faculties at both undergraduate and post-graduate level as well as, as CPD to industry.

Chris Wise RDI FREng (whose company Expedition Engineering, designed the Olympic Velodrome) is a Professor of Design in the Engineering faculty at UCL. He explains:

“Our vision is for UCL’s Engineering and Built Environment (The Bartlett) faculties to work together to grow the world’s best technological thinkers and practitioners in sustainable building design. To achieve this ambitious goal from our Centre of Excellence, we must educate a new generation of technologically literate students who are up to the challenge. They need to be contextually aware of the world around them and the buildings they live and work within, observing, responding, and interacting with their environment and understanding how to improve it."