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UCL Bartlett celebrates the launch of two new institutes

3 September 2014

UCL Bartlett is celebrating the establishment of the UCL Institute for Environmental Design & Engineering (UCL-IEDE) and the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage (UCL-ISH).

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Staff and students at the new institutes were part of the highly successful UCL Bartlett School of Graduate Studies (BSGS), which was dissolved this summer after 22 years having graduated over 6000 masters degrees and nearly 300 PhDs during its lifetime. 

The continued successes of the BSGS have led to the creation of the new institutes, who will build on its rich history and continue to develop existing and new initiatives in the areas of world-class research, teaching and partnerships.

Existing parts of the School, the former Centre for Sustainable Heritage, and the EDE, FEM and Light & Lighting programmes respectively, are forming the foundation for the UCL Institute of Sustainable Heritage and the UCL Institute of Environmental Design and Engineering.

Both will sit alongside with the two existing Institutes of Sustainable Resources and Energy as a part of the new Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER).

The Space Group will be renamed the Space Syntax Laboratory and will co-locate with The Bartlett School of Architecture, offering an opportunity to explore collaborations between quite different approaches to architectural research.

Alan Penn, Dean of The Bartlett, UCL's faculty of the built environment, said about the establishment of the new institutes:

"Change is one of the key indicators of a thriving academic culture. BSGS has been a truly successful breeding ground, giving birth to groups, institutes and whole schools over its life, and I will be sad to see it go, but equally excited to see what the future brings.

In this case the four institutes under the umbrella of the new Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources mark the coming of age of ideas about built environment research first pioneered by Richard Llwelyn Davies at The Bartlett in the 1960's, but under the radically different context that we see today where globalisation, new technology and the challenges of climate change and sustainability create real urgency and a widespread perception of the centrality of the built environment to the future of the planet, economy and society at large."

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Carina Schneider, Communications Officer, The Bartlett, UCL Faculty of the Built Environment