about the lecture series
Welcome to the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) lecture series for professionals, comprising a pilot programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The aim of the series is to facilitate knowledge exchange between member organisations and member firms, to help promote mutual understanding and greater awareness of issues related to climate change and rapid urbanisation together with the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While targeted at qualified built environment professionals, we hope that this series will be of interest to policymakers, city leaders and students alike.
The current lecture series comprises the following seven titles:
- Introduction to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, Mina Hasman, SOM
Provides an overview of the SDGs together with other related international agreements and describes the importance of the Goals for Built Environment Professionals.
- Planning for Rapid Urbanisation, Ben Bolgar, The Prince’s Foundation
Outlines a framework for use in secondary cities which are experiencing rapid growth, but which may have little or no access to professional planning expertise.
- Planned City Extensions, Alfredo Carballo, Allies and Morrison
Provides a reminder of key master-planning and urban design principles such as: site analysis, micro-climate design, density, mixed use, walkability etc.
- Resilient Infrastructure, Ian Carradice, Arup
Explains the context, relevance and drivers to develop resilient infrastructure by adopting an integrated design approach and considering planetary solutions to address climate related challenges.
- Climate Responsive Design, Peter Clegg, Isabel Sandeman and Rachel Sayers from FCB Studios, and Rafiq Azzam from Shatotto
This lecture will be delivered in two parts with part one entitled ‘A Manifesto for delivering Climate Responsive Design’, and part two entitled ‘Collaborating for Sustainable Development’.
- Heritage-led Regeneration, Geoff Rich, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Describes the value of heritage led regeneration in terms of the reuse of existing buildings, and the potential to generate social and economic value.
- Sustainable Outcomes, Gary Clark, HOK
Provides a practical explanation of the outcomes that need to be delivered if we are to achieve development which is sustainable. Includes meaningful, measurable targets with associated metrics. Upon conclusion of the lecture, Gary will be joined in conversation with Martina Otto, Head of the Cities Unit at the UN Environment Programme and Head of Secretariat at the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction.
what you will learn
By the end of this lecture series, participants will be able to better understand, engage with and contribute to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, and will be better equipped to apply the principles of sustainable development at city and building scale
The authors recognise that while the principles of sustainable development may be universal, their application will vary, depending on variables such as culture and climate. The reader is therefore invited to consider how the principles outlined in each lecture might apply to their local circumstances and conditions.
The lectures have been curated to help explain the urgency underpinning the need for sustainable development, the policy environment driving change at national level together with a variety of ways in which built environment professionals can contribute in their daily work. Each lecture has been filmed by its author with accompanying commentary and can be downloaded in PDF form for local delivery. All material is provided on an open-source basis and is free to use.
The CAA welcomes feedback together with suggestions for future topics and would be pleased to hear from subject matter experts from around the Commonwealth who may be interested in contributing future material. For this or any other enquiry, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Commonwealth Association of Architects would like to extend its thanks to all the contributors for their support in the creation of this pilot programme. The CAA welcomes feedback together with suggestions for future topics and would be pleased to hear from subject matter experts from around the Commonwealth who may be interested in contributing future material.