What is it about?

This paper reflect on the transition of a school of architecture to incorporate sustainability principles as a core part of its undergraduate (Part I) programme. The paper offers a brief overview of the processes undertaken and outcomes of this to an integrated problem-based learning approach and with sustainability at its core changing both knowledge content and pedagogical approaches.

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The paper contributes to discourses on sustainability in architectural education, examining the transition taken by an architectural programme to incorporate sustainability as a core part of its curriculum. The outcomes of this process provide advice that could be useful to schools of architecture seeking to integrate sustainability into their programmes.


Changing any academic programme is difficult at the best f times, but in East Africa, this is almost unheard of. This paper provides a perspective of the implementation of sustainability in architectural education from a global South point of view, with ideas that could benefit school of architecture globally.

Dr Mark Olweny
University of Lincoln

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This page is a summary of: Introducing sustainability into an architectural curriculum in East Africa, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, September 2018, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/ijshe-02-2018-0039.
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