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Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE)

Part-time Master's and Postgraduate Certificate courses from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
 
How did the course start

How the IDBE Master’s course started

Today’s Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE) programme is offered as a part-time Master’s and Postgraduate Certificate by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

The programme has its origins in the Madingley Seminar, an initiative of the Ove Arup Foundation held in 1991 to discuss the education of professionals working in the built environment. With generous financial support from the Foundation, the Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) Master’s course was established and the first cohort of students arrived in 1994.

The Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) Master’s was offered by the Departments of Architecture and Engineering and is the oldest part-time Masters course at the University of Cambridge, with over 25 years’ heritage.

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

In 2017, the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) took over the running of the Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) Master’s. The programme aligned with CISL’s mission to build leadership capacity of individuals within business to bring about change.

The programme continued to be supported by the University of Cambridge Departments of Architecture and Engineering, as CISL looked to build on the success of the IDBE course, helping to build the leadership capacity of professionals across the globe as they tackle critical issues on the built environment. 

Offered alongside CISL’s Master’s in Sustainability Leadership, the IDBE programme is today positioned as ‘Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE).

CISL is a globally influential institute based at the University of Cambridge, with HRH The Prince of Wales as Royal Founding Patron. With more than 30 years’ experience of developing interdisciplinary leadership for a sustainable economy across multinationals, governments and individuals around the world, CISL’s delivery of the Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment courses provides unrivalled sustainability credibility.

The Postgraduate Certificate

CISL launched the Postgraduate Certificate in 2018 and draws on the success of our long-standing Master’s in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment.

Delivered on a part-time basis over ten months, the Postgraduate Certificate is an ideal choice for people who are in full-time employment throughout the world. The course appeals to individuals working in all aspects of the built environment who are not in a position to undertake the two-year Master's. 


Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) at 20

In 2014 the Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) Master’s celebrated its 20th anniversary, with a panel discussion focusing on whether we have become more interdisciplinary over the last 20 years, and where we should go from here. 

Our panellists were: representing the professions, Sunand Prasad, past President of the RIBA; representing the industry, Sophie Le Bourva, Arup Associate and alumna from the second IDBE cohort; and representing academia and training, Professor Peter Guthrie, Professor of Sustainable Development at Cambridge.

The lively audience included past and present course staff, tutors and associates, alumni and members of the management committee.

Presentations

Sunand Prasad, Senior partner of Penoyre & Prasad and President of the RIBA from 2007–2009

 

Sophie Le Bourva, Associate Director at Arup and alumna of the course

 

Peter Guthrie, Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering

 

CISL is monitoring the Covid-19 situation and responding accordingly to UK Government and University advice. At present, we expect to deliver our Postgraduate programmes starting in 2022 as advertised. We are well equipped to deliver dynamic and engaging workshops remotely, should the situation demand. Find out more.

Contact

Becky Stanley, Senior Project Manager