The University and the City, HEDQF Conference, 16 June 2015

Elementa are proudly participating and speaking at the Higher Education Design Quality Forum conference at Manchester’s Metropolitan University Business School on the theme of the University and the City.

The HEDQF promotes high quality design in university buildings and estates. As a founder member of the organisation, Elementa enthusiastically share learnings from a plethora of University projects such; Imperial College London, St Antony’s College Oxford, Mansfield College Oxford, University of Nottingham, Kings College London, University of Sussex and many more.

Universities and the cities in which they are located are partners in cultural, social, and economic success and universities are major long-term investors in their cities, often acting as the catalyst for other regeneration initiatives. The conference will involve sessions and discussion exploring and debating aspects of those relationships in Manchester, elsewhere in Great Britain, and internationally to consider the role that design and sustainability has in achieving success and reinforcing the identity of the city-university partnership. We are supporting this important topic with our Head of Sustainability + Integrated Design, Ed Garrod, contributing to the session: “The sustainable city and university – How to make universities and city connections sustainable?”. Ed will specifically be focusing on the “Public Realm and Microclimate” and the issues surrounding this subject.

Ed will explore strategies to enhance microclimate and external comfort which are key ingredients for many of the most attractive and successful campus environments. The challenges and opportunities are all the greater in extreme climates where many British HE institutions are now developing an international presence.

Our Speaker
Edward Garrod joined Elementa Consulting as Head of Integrated Design + Sustainability in March of 2014. Having originally trained in architecture at Cambridge University, his specialism in environmental design led him into a career within high-performance green engineering. His higher education project experience includes Yale School of Management in New Haven, Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi, and masterplan and research lab projects at Education City in Qatar. His research interests include the EcoDistricts framework for urban sustainability and the development of strategies in support of the WELL Building Standard for health and wellbeing within the built environment.

Attending the conference

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Date(s): June 16, 2015