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Event Organiser: ICE

Build Better Now: Designing a green and resilient built environment, online

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 10 November 2021
  • 09:00 - 10:00
Build Better Now: Designing a green and resilient built environment, online

About this event

Improving how we design our built environment will be crucial if we want to realise more green and resilient places to live. The issue is multifaceted and covers low carbon design principles, the value we place on natural capital, the codes, standards and regulations that guide decisions on design and the role of alternatives such as low build or no build design solutions.

This event – chaired by the review lead for ICE’s recent report What Makes Good Design? And National Infrastructure Commission Design Group member Judith Sykes – will explore how design needs to change to drive action towards achieving a resilient and net-zero built environment that enhances nature, both now and in the future. This facilitated discussion with an audience Q&A will leave attendees with clarity on the actions they as infrastructure professionals can support to accelerate change.

This event is part of the UK Green Building Council’s Build Back Better virtual series being produced alongside COP26, and is being led by ICE in partnership with the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), the National Infrastructure Commission Young Professional's Panel (NIC YPP), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).


Chair: Judith Sykes FICE

Organisation: Expedition Engineering
Job title: Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Senior Director of Expedition Engineering
Pronouns: She/her

Bio: Judith is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Senior Director of Expedition Engineering. Judith is a highly experienced civil engineer with expertise in environmental planning, sustainable design and strategy. Her technical expertise spans water, energy, the circular economy and urban resilience. She has over 20 years’ experience in urban development and infrastructure delivery on projects around the world.

Judith is a member of the National Infrastructure Commissions Design Group, is a past editor of Engineering Sustainability, and sits on a number of design review panels. She is also a member of VeloCity, the winning proposal for the NIC’s ideas competition.

She was a member of the steering committee for the ICE’s 2020 State of the Nation Policy Report on Net Zero Carbon and the Research Director for an ICE cofounded research into Maximising Social Value from Infrastructure Projects.

Maria Smith BA(Hons),DipArch,BEng(Hons),ARB,RIBA

Organisation: Buro Happold
Job title: RIBA Councillor and Director of Sustainability
Pronouns: They/them

Bio: Director of Sustainability and Physics at Buro Happold, Smith is a multi-award winning architect, engineer, writer, and curator, working across disciplines to bring the built environment in line with planetary limits.

Smith joined Buro Happold from Webb Yates Engineers in 2020, where they were a Director focused on sustainability and transdisciplinary practice. They bring fifteen years’ experience leading multi-award-winning architecture and engineering practices – from art and architecture practice Studio Weave, Interrobang Architecture and Engineering and Webb Yates Engineers.

They are a nationally elected member of the council of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), a trustee of the Architecture Foundation, and on the steering committee of Architects Declare. In 2017 they were appointed a Design Advocate by the Greater London Authority where they serve on the Ecological Urbanism Sounding Board and advised on the development of the Circular Economy Guidance document. Smith was also chief curator of “Enough: The Architecture of Degrowth”, the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale that explored how architecture can establish the conditions for an economy based on social and ecological flourishing.

Smith has written for newspapers and magazines including the Financial Times, the Architectural Review and RIBAJ, where they were a columnist for five years. They co-founded the international series of politics and architecture debates Turncoats, and frequently speaks at universities, conferences, and events on sustainability, architecture and the interconnectedness of the ecological crisis and our economy.

Smith studied architecture at the University of Bath, TU Delft, and London Metropolitan University. They studied engineering at the Open University and believe that integrating the skill sets of architecture and engineering offers a stronger position from which to address the issues of our age.

Andrew Grant RDI, CMLI, Hon FRIBA, FRSA

Organisation: Grant Associates
Job title: Founder and Director
Pronouns: He/him

Bio: Andrew is a Landscape Architect whose work explores the connection between people and nature. He started his company, Grant Associates, in 1997 which has grown into an international design studio with offices in Bath and Singapore. His approach is based around using creative ecology to find solutions to the major challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and improving human quality of life, health and well being. Each of his projects responds to the place, its inherent ecology and its people and promotes quality and innovation in landscape design.

In 2012 he was awarded the title of RSA Royal Designer for Industry in recognition of his pioneering global work in landscape architecture such as the multi award winning Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. The 54 hectare park explores the technical boundaries of landscape and horticulture in an Asian city and won the Building Project of the Year Award at the 2012 World Architecture Festival.

He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield, an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA and a member of the National Infrastructure Commission Design Group. Based in the city of Bath he is Chair of the Bathscape Landscape Partnership and a member of the Bath World Heritage Site Advisory Board. He is also co-founder of the pop up festival Forest of Imagination which engages the wider community of Bath in the reimagining of city spaces and our relationship with nature in the city.

Dr Jennifer Schooling OBE, FICE

Organisation: University of Cambridge
Job title: Director, Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC)
Pronouns: She/her

Bio: Dr Jennifer Schooling OBE is Director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), at the University of Cambridge. Jennifer is passionate about changing the way the infrastructure and construction industries view data, to become a vital asset in its own right, and as an engineering tool for tackling the key challenges facing our industry, including climate change, resource constraint and resilience. She is a member of the UK’s Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG) and the Infrastructure Client Group’s Digital Transformation Task group (DTTG). Jennifer was lead author for the Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment.

Sophia Kee MCIAT

Organisation: Arcadis
Job title: Principal Designer
Pronouns: She/her

Bio: Sophia is an enthusiastic and communicative individual with a proven track record in global design studios working on projects from concept through to completion. She is an innovative and creative consultant with experience in large/complex projects, including sustainability strategies, rating systems, green innovation and project management. Project sector experience includes mixed-use, aviation, residential, master-planning and commercial buildings. Sophia has worked in the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and United Arab Emirates.

As well as project experience, Sophia holds an MSc in Energy and Sustainable Building Design and is an LEED accredited professional, and holds Estidama and BREEAM certifications.

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United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Katie Momber

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