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Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

A part-time Master's course from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

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Adrian Campbell, founder and director of sustainable building design company changebuilding

In his blog 'The boundaries of sustainable design innovation and how I challenged them: A look back at the impact of the IDBE', Adrian discusses how the interdisciplinary working techniques and sustainability concepts he was taught to consider on the IDBE became integral to his working practice.

Seun AdekunbiSeun Adekunbi, Infrastructure Management Consultant – IDBE 17

"IDBE is an incredible, powerful and transformative course. Learning from professionals from a variety of backgrounds was invaluable. In addition, combining real-life experiences, meaningful projects and a networking environment provided me with an edge in a highly competitive industry."

Mahmood AhmedMahmood Ahmed, Chartered Quantity Surveyor; Contracts Manager for a large Project Management Practice in the Middle East – IDBE 14

"The course ingrained in me values such as team work, partnering and collaborative working to successfully design and manage large construction projects."

Keith-Goh.jpgKeith Goh, Architect, SingaporeIDBE 19

"IDBE has challenged me to extend beyond my own field and knowledge. The valuable experiences are indeed motivated by each and every aspiring member within the team."

Phebe MannPhebe Mann, WISE/UKRC Woman of Outstanding Achievement – IDBE 1

"IDBE equipped me with skills in leadership, advocacy, innovation and interdisciplinary for the built environment."


Stephen McLandrichStephen McLandrich, Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Arup – IDBE 19

"The Cambridge environment abounds in intellectual stimulation, conversation and exploration and the IDBE course uses topical themes as a framework to consider the way we scope, design and deliver projects."

Laila MehrpourLaila Mehrpour, Product Development Manager, Lend Lease – IDBE 16

"The course gave me the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the industry, while encouraging me to think more broadly about my own contribution to its future."

Tanya RossTanya Ross, Design Manager, Buro Happold IDBE 6

"Examining design decisions from first principles and engaging with brilliant academic minds on some of the big issues in the built environment."

Paul StantonPaul Stanton, Transport Planner – IDBE 17

"IDBE has helped to reinvigorate my career both in academic and vocational terms and allowed me to establish a great network of similarly motivated professionals."


Deb ThomasDeb Thomas, Director, Arup

"We have sponsored almost 50 students to do IDBE over the 20 years of the course, many of whom are now in senior leadership positions. We value the broadening of thinking that the course demands of students, leading to an increased confidence in questioning and leading design decisions in the professional arena."

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Becky Stanley, IDBE Course Administrator