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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


Michael has extensive experience working on projects ranging from industrial design to large scale architectural structures and has practiced in Germany, Italy, the UK, USA and China. His work has been widely published and exhibited. He has lectured and contributed to over 40 conferences internationally that focus on innovation in the built environment. Prior to assuming industry leadership roles to manage Research & Development portfolios, he was a tenured Research Professor at Syracuse University, Research Fellow at the New York State Center of Excellence for Energy and Environmental Systems, and Director of SU's London Architecture Program. He has developed a diverse set of skills to drive change at the interfaces of academic and industry led developments, most recently through EPSRC funded work with UCL, industry research supervision at the University of Cambridge for digital design optimization tools, and Visiting Professorships at Nanjing University and Southeast University. During his tenure, he introduced novel solutions for the integration of wind technologies in product and building applications, and co-led the US Department of Energy funded Virtual Design Studio development. Michael is partner of London based P+ Studio and Consulting and co-founder of the ProID Alliance for Product Innovation in Germany. In 2019 he was appointed Honorary Visiting Professor at City, University of London at the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering.

Paul Michael Pelken is an experienced registered architect and innovator with a consistent 20 year track record of award winning and patented developments in design, architecture, and engineering.
 P. Michael   Pelken

CISL is monitoring the Covid-19 situation and responding accordingly to UK Government and University advice. At present, we expect to deliver our Graduate programmes starting in 2021 as advertised. We are well equipped to deliver dynamic and engaging workshops remotely, should the situation demand. Find out more.

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Becky Stanley, Senior Project Manager