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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Terry Heath is a Consultant and Non-Executive Director, and a Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE) student.

"I’ve been excited by the ideas that I have – sometimes far too many to action – and the amazing people that I’ve met, both within the faculty and in the various study cohorts."




Lydia Randall is Director at BDG architecture + design, and a student on the Master of Studies in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE).

"The course provides a huge variety of content and often shares ground-breaking research ideas, so it helps to be able to reflect on topics both personally but also by discussing with fellow students as they often relate to areas we are working on in our practice."




Emi Sugiyama, Sustainability Consultant with PwC Japan, student on the Master of Studies in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) 

"IDBE inspired me to think and act differently as an agent of change to achieve a sustainable future."





Sonia Green-Browne, Principal Engineer with Graphite Engineering Ltd, student on the Master of Studies in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment.

"I am invigorated and stimulated by the discussions in an academic environment of this calibre."





Neiad Adams-Austin, Traffic Engineer with the London Borough of Waltham Forest, Student on the Master of Studies in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE).

"I am too often aware of the image that the public sector is lagging behind its private sector counterparts in enabling a more sustainable built environment. However, this course has inspired me to tackle such views by taking a more active and leading role in enabling change."




Phebe Mann, WISE/UKRC Woman of Outstanding Achievement, Top 50 Women in Engineering Award 2018 (WE50) – IDBE 1 

"IDBE equipped me with the advocacy, innovation and interdisciplinary skills needed to be a leader for the built environment."




Paul Jaffe, Asset Manager at British Land

Paul reflects on his experience of the two-year Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE) programme and how this helped him form solutions and encourage change for investors and the wider industry. Read his blog ‘Finding common ground between investors and industry’.




Andrew Martin works in the Major Bridges International department of consultant COWI A/S in Denmark.

Andrew looks back upon the impact that his time studying for the Master of Studies (MSt) in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) had in empowering him to develop an interest in sustainability in parallel with his established career in bridges and civil engineering. Read his blog ‘Knowledge, motivation and mindset’ here.



Tony Ip, award-winning sustainable design Architect and Urban Designer.

Tony reflects on the lasting impact of studying the IDBE and the need for a visionary approach and a global perspective to drive change within the built environment. “One third of my cohort came from overseas and had a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, so there was a wealth of global perspectives to learn from.” Read his blog ‘A profound change in design ideology’ here.




Gary Cass, Regional Operations Manager for Aedis Regulatory Services Ltd – IDBE 22

Gary explains how studying the part-time IDBE has catalysed his career, brought value to his organisation and helped him grow professionally and personally. “Studying the IDBE has been the professional highlight of my life so far” Read his blog ‘The IDBE Master’s: Instilling a confidence for my future’ here




Helene Gosden, Senior Design Manager at Arup – IDBE 20

Helene reflects on how studying the IDBE exceeded her expectations, helping her to progress her career and achieve impact by opening her mind to new people, perspectives and the broader societal, economic and environmental drivers that shape the built environment. Read her blog, Step change towards sustainability; an IDBE student’s story.



Professor Jason Pomeroy is an award-winning architect, academic, author and TV personality at the forefront of the sustainable built environment agenda – IDBE 10

In his blog ‘From St Paul’s to Singapore - an architectural education’ Jason explains how IDBE gave him a greater appreciation and understanding of different built-environment agendas that allowed him to be more influential in the boardroom and in more complex interdisciplinary project situations.



Adrian Campbell, founder and director of sustainable building design company changebuilding

In his blog 'The boundaries of sustainable design innovation and how I challenged them: A look back at the impact of the IDBE', Adrian discusses how the interdisciplinary working techniques and sustainability concepts he was taught to consider on the IDBE became integral to his working practice.