Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design

Royal Academy of Engineering

The School is recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering as a Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design. This is one of only four such Centres established at UK universities that jointly form a national network to develop and exchange best practice in multi-disciplinary teaching for the sustainable built environment.

The aim is to produce graduates in architecture and engineering that can not only demonstrate knowledge and skills within their own discipline, but are also informed about challenges in sustainability and the need to take a multidisciplinary approach to shape our cities and towns so they effectively contribute to a wealthier, fairer, healthier, safer, and ultimately sustainable society.

At Heriot-Watt University, the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design is a collaboration between the Institute of the Built Environment (IBE) and The Urban Institute (TUI). Initiatives include embedding a number of multidisciplinary student projects within our programmes, ranging from week-long to semester-long collaborative projects.