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University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) to run the IDBE from February 2017

last modified Feb 01, 2017 03:03 PM
Today, 1 February 2017, we are delighted to announce that CISL will run the Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) programme, a two-year part-time Master's course for built environment professionals.

The course will be supported by University of Cambridge Departments of Architecture and Engineering. It is structured around emerging trends, opportunities, and challenges within the built environment such as building information modelling and low carbon energy and materials, political and regulatory changes.

Speaking of the announcement, CISL Director Dame Polly Courtice, DBE, LVO said: “We are delighted to announce that from today CISL will run the IDBE, helping to build the leadership capacity of professionals as they tackle critical issues on the built environment.

“In a world with increasing urbanisation, changing demographics, and a population living longer, the pressure on space for living, working and recreation has never been greater. We look forward to supporting IDBE students who will play a leading role in creating a sustainable built environment that works for all.”

The IDBE is the oldest part-time Master's course at the University of Cambridge and is unique in many ways. It is truly interdisciplinary, in the background of its staff, students and areas it covers. The learning approach is highly interactive and designed to encourage reflection and debate. The speakers, lecturers and facilitators are leading experts and practitioners from both academia and industry. The main components of the course include:

  • Six, week-long residential workshops in Cambridge, three in the first year, and three in the second year
  • Online modules delivered via a virtual learning environment
  • Two individual essay assignments
  • A group research assignment around an area of mutual relevance
  • An individual research dissertation.

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