Oxford Brookes University and architectural practice Architype win award

Friday, 08 April 2011

Oxford Brookes University and architectural practice Architype have won the 2011 'Cut the Carbon' Building magazine award.

Oxford Brookes University and architectural practice Architype have won the 2011 ‘Cut the Carbon’ Building magazine award.

Architype, a design practice who have a long-standing reputation in sustainability, have been working on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project with Oxford Brookes which is redefining the way architects approach low-carbon design.

The joint entry ‘blew the judges away’ according to the summing-up.

Lisa Pasquale, Sustainable Design Development Manager from the School of the Built Environment, led the project and has been based at Architype's London office where she monitored the environmental performance of a range of sustainable buildings and developed tools to collate, evaluate and disseminate her findings.

She has worked closely with clients, even getting the pupils at St Luke's Primary School, Wolverhampton, to manage the energy of their award-winning school building.

St Luke's was Britain's first primary school to be rated Excellent by Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) and was also winner of the 2010 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Sorrell Schools Award and the British Council for School Environments (BCSE) Sustainable School of the Year Award.

Lisa is supervised by Mary Hancock and Dr. Fionn Stevenson at the university's Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, which has played a leading role in research for sustainable development in the built environment.

Jonathan Hines, Director of Architype and former 'Green Guru Architect of the Year', said of the work with Oxford Brookes: “Embedding of this knowledge into our practice is incredibly valuable, and it's happening much sooner than we expected.”