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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


Alan’s work focuses on the design of sustainable buildings. His new book 'The Recovery of Natural Environments in Architecture', C.Alan Short, Taylor and Francis, was published in January 2017. He won The Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Carter Bronze Medal 2016, the RIBA President’s Award for Practice-located Research in 2007 for the project ‘Design for the Warming Environment’ and the Commendation in the 2009 RIBA President’s Award for University-located Research for his work on the resilience of the NHS Estate. He is the principal investigator for ‘Low carbon climate-responsive Heating and Cooling of Cities’ (LoHCool) 2015-19 in the EPSRC-NSFC Low Carbon Cities Call (£1.0 million) and for the AHRC Antimicrobial Resistance Project ExISE, ‘Excising Infection in Surgical Environments 2017-19’ and led the EPSRC Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change project ‘Design and Delivery of Robust Hospital Environments in a Changing Climate’ 2009-13, and the AHRC funded (£350K) ‘Designing Dynamic Environments for the Performing Arts’ (DeDepa), research into the design for contemporary arts buildings.

He authored the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) Guidance for Capital Arts Projects, “Building Excellence for the Arts”. His research group produced a film of its work on the NHS Estate, ‘Robust Hospitals in a Changing Climate’ full length (30 minute) version at or the 10 minute version for busy NHS Chief Execs at which won the tv/e Global Sustainability Film Award 2013 at BAFTA.

Alan was appointed to monitor the NHS Energy Efficiency Fund 2013-14 with Professor Peter Guthrie, reporting to the Under Secretary of State for Health, Executive Summary published February 2015. And, more recently, to redraft the guidance on energy efficiency for the NHS, HTM 07-02, making energy work in healthcare, published March 2015.

Professor Alan Short was educated at Trinity College Cambridge and at Harvard University. He has been the Professor of Architecture at the University of Cambridge since 2001.
Professor Alan  Short

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