Free CPD: re-thinking conceptual design in a climate emergency – 14th & 21st May


A training course for built environment professionals on conceptual design in the context of the climate emergency.

Delivered online via two 1.5-hour webinars, on 14th and 21st May from 3pm.

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This free CPD, delivered in association with the Engineering Club, is a two-part taster for the climate emergency training we have developed to support architects, engineers, consultants, clients, project managers researchers, analysts, tool builders, decision makers and decision supporters.

The full course aims to help participants learn how to make informed decisions about carbon that influence the conceptual design process and create positive impactful solutions. Designed and co-delivered by Oliver Broadbent and Bengt Cousins-Jenvey, the use of tools, data and other decision aids at the early stages of the design process. Participants will develop an ‘emergency’ mindset and be able to evaluate tools, data and other decision aids accordingly.

With widespread declaration of a climate emergency, there is an urgent need for all parties involved in the design process to address the carbon impact of design decisions. The one-day course, for built-environment professionals, will shortcut the development of strategies and approaches to minimise carbon. Participants will learn to distinguish what they can control to have the greatest possible impact.

Course content for free CPD:
In this free CPD we will start with setting the scene: what is the emergency? We will then explore 2-3 concepts from the full course.

Full course content

  • Setting the scene:
    • what is the emergency?
    • what has been the response?
    • what are strategies and approaches?
    • what are decision aids?
    • how can a problem-based learning strategy can help?
  • Learn how to identify the big decisions influencing carbon during the design process
  • Understand how to clarify and describe carbon to inform decision-makers
  • Translate major carbon hotspots into strategies and approaches for decision-makers
  • Plan the implementation of strategies and approaches in your organisation
  • Establish what additional capacity and capability your time will require
  • Introduce a conceptual design framework that includes carbon decisions.

About the trainers

Oliver Broadbent Oliver is an expert facilitator and trainer in design thinking for the built environment. With a background in civil engineering and teaching, he specialises in designing high-impact training that has a lasting effect on the learner.

He is Founder and Director of engineering training consultancy Constructivist. There he leads the development of Constructivist’s programme of design training for design consultancies. He also works with universities including Cambridge, Bath and Imperial to develop innovative approaches to curriculum design and delivery. For eight years Oliver was Director of Think Up, the education arm of the Useful Simple Trust.

Oliver has co-authored a series of good practice teaching guides for the Royal Academy of Engineering on experience-led learning, e-learning for engineers, effective industrial engagement in engineering education and how to teach sustainability.

He is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London.

Bengt Cousins-Jenvey Bengt is a sustainable business systems strategist delivering Innovative, collaborative and sustainable business, design and construction

Bengt works with organisations looking for innovative, collaborative and sustainable ways to do things differently that will improve their ‘triple bottom line’ now and in an uncertain future.

Bengt has contributed to new thinking about cities, infrastructure ‘megaprojects’, masterplans, estates, events, buildings, bridges, tents, shoes, clothes, packaging, software and professional services.

As a business strategist Bengt supports decision makers in the public and private sectors (including members of many design and delivery teams) by demystifying the topics of sustainability, the circular economy, carbon foot printing, embodied carbon, quality, productivity, design thinking, systems thinking, life cycle assessment, collaborative working and the processes of research, development, and commercialisation.

Interested in more climate emergency training?

Check out ‘Training on what to do after declaring a climate emergency‘, which we’ve created to support the people who are charged with driving the climate emergency agenda in their companies.