UWE wins Happold Brilliant Award for new engineering course

Issue date: 20 October 2009

University of the West of England Lecturers from the School of the Built Environment at the University of the West of England have been awarded the Happold Brilliant Award 2009/2010. The award recognises excellence in the teaching of building services engineering and is sponsored by The Happold Trust in memory of the late Ted Happold.

The Happold Trust and the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) made the award for the new BEng course in Architecture and Environmental Engineering.

By combining architecture and engineering in an innovative way this new course aims to produce graduates who can confidently work within both disciplines and so be uniquely well placed to address their common challenges.

Programme leader, Paul Kirby said “We're delighted to have won this award; and being a joint degree this really is a team effort. One of UWE's strengths is that it brings different disciplines together and this course is an excellent example of that philosophy as many different disciplines within the School come together to create the degree.”

“Since buildings are responsible for nearly half of CO2 emissions in the UK, we also believe it is a degree that will prepare students to engage meaningfully with the wider challenges of climate change.”

“Designing a new generation of environmentally responsible buildings will require new approaches to design and we believe these will come from designers able to work across the traditional boundaries of the disciplines, finding new ways to fuse inventiveness with rigorous analysis.”

The team were presented with a prize of £1,000 and an engraved crystal chalice at the CIBSE President's Awards Dinner held last Friday 16 October at the HM Tower of London.

Happold Trust trustee, Neil Billett, said “The design of the building fabric and building services installation to ensure low or zero carbon footprint of buildings is one of the essential challenges of our time, and so the Trust is delighted that the University of the West of England has introduced this innovative course in architecture and environmental engineering.”

The new BEng (Hons) undergraduate degree in Architecture and Environmental Engineering was described by The Happold Trust panel, as a course which “adopts an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to architecture and engineering that is challenging and will deliver well-rounded professionals who can work confidently in many different environments.”

The Happold Trust is a charity set up to promote education, training and research in the construction industry fields of engineering, design, technology and architecture.

For more information on the course see:BEng(Hons) Architecture and Environmental Engineering

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