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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)


April 2019 – Over 70 built environment professionals came together at the BDP London office to mark the launch of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership's (CISL) new Postgraduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment.

The event explored the critical role of built environment professionals in meeting international goals on sustainability. Delegates from across built environment disciplines discussed the challenges faced by the industry, and the opportunities to harness new innovations and technologies to revolutionise built environments of the future.

Speaking at the event, Chris Harding, Chair of BDP, highlighted that the collective future of society is dependent on built environment professionals delivering more sustainable and resilient buildings and spaces. Also presenting at the event, Professor John French, from CISL, shared examples of innovative projects that demonstrate how a fresh approach to collaborative working can deliver award-winning projects that achieve real progress in sustainability and transforming our built environments.

Using real time feedback technology, participants at the event shared their thoughts and insights related to their own professional experiences. The responses from the group provided valuable insight into the issues professionals are facing in the field, as well as providing reinforcement for the need for courses like the IDBE programmes.

Dr Kayla Friedman, Course Director for the IDBE said:

“It was great to bring together so many professionals from such a diverse range of built environment backgrounds for this interactive session. Talking to a room full of professionals about how they see the industry today, how they see the industry tomorrow, and the skills they think are needed for success reinforced for me the importance of the work that we do on the IDBE programmes.”

CISL’s new Postgraduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment is modelled on our successful Master’s IDBE, which has been running for almost 25 years. The course has been specifically designed for built environment professionals seeking to advance their careers and stay on top of the latest innovations in the design of sustainable and resilient spaces and places for the future, but who aren’t able to commit to a two-year Master’s programme.

Applications for the IDBE MSt and PCIDBE are open until 31 May 2019. Download the IDBE brochure to find out more.