Our Courses

Semester 1

Core Courses

SEED6101 Bioclimatic Building Design

This course introduces the principles of bioclimatic building design, so as to maximize thermal comfort and minimize the need for energy for heating and for cooling of the buildings. The effect of various architectural decisions on the indoor climate is discussed in details. The effect of any design feature, such as that of building's orientation, is not 'fixed' but depends on the design details of other design features, such walls' color and windows' shading conditions. These quantitative interactions between the effects of the various design details will be discussed in details in the class.

SEED6102 Innovation and Smart Technology for Sustainable Developoment

The course first looks into the theoretical framework of an integrated approach to smart and sustainable development. A brief introduction to technicalities of the modeling structure as well as the simulation engines will lay the foundation for how the tools could be applied in practice. The rest of course focuses on methods to apply these tools to design studies, and how useful information could be interpreted from the simulation results.

SEED6103 Environmental Simulation and Performance Assessment Tools

This hands-on course runs in day-long weekly sessions that follow the tasks of the Term 1 team projects, introducing the analytical procedures and computational tools that drive the research agenda of the Master Programme. The course will begin with fieldwork techniques based on indoor and outdoor observations and environmental measurements. This is followed by computer modelling of selected processes and spaces, testing of models against measurements and performing simulations to assess the effects of solar, thermal, airflow and daylighting processes against targets and benchmarks. A range of computational tools will be introduced and applied to diagnostic tasks as well as generative processes. Their application will initially be explored on the team projects providing the essential expertise required for undertaking the master dissertation research in Terms 2.


SEED6104 Dissertaion Part 1 (Capstone Experience)

The written dissertation allows student an opportunity to conduct a scholarly investigation into a chosen aspect of sustainable and environmental design. Dissertation Part 1's teaching focuses on the research methodology, literature review and case studies.

Semester 2

Core Courses

SEED6201 Green Building Assessment and Climate Responsive Design

This course first introduces the background and development of green and sustainable development. It then examines the environmental impact of building activities on the ecosystem through a number of more established environmental concepts (for example, embodied energy, carbon dioxide emission, energy life cycle assessment, environmental impact assessment). Tools and methods for assessing building's environmental impact will be critically evaluated and applied through case studies.

SEED6202 City Risk and Resilience: Emerging Planning Theories and Practices

This course provides an introduction of city risk and resilience. As cities with the capacity to plan for and mitigate adverse impacts of disasters and climate change, thus enabling them to save lives, reduce losses and unlock economic and social potential. The aim of the Course is to catalyze a shift from a primarily solid, single-stream city-level resilience operations approach to longer term, more comprehensive, multi-disciplinary packages of technical and financial services, building the pipeline for viable projects at the city level that, in turn, build resilience.

SEED6203 Designing for a Changing Climate

This course provides an introduction of climate-sensitive design principles and solutions for solving the climate change related environmental problems. Students are encouraged to team up to conduct their own group project. The aims of this module are (i) to provide an introduction to the physical basis of climate change; (ii) to discuss how a changing climate might impact upon the built environment; (iii) to consider what adaptation and mitigation actions can be taken to reduce this impact; (iv) to develop an understanding of how climate-resilient builtenvironment and landscapes can be designed.


SEED6204 Dissertation Part 2

Disseratation of part 2 allows student an opportunity to conduct an orginal research for their selected case studies and develop the enviroemntal design solutions and related findings to meet the need of sustainable development.

Elective Courses

SEED6301 Building and Urban Acoustics

Designing buildings for sound and acoustics involves an empirical appreciation of sound and music, as well as the technicalities of hearing and acoustic modeling. This course introduces the fundamentals of room and space acoustics. Various acoustic testing, evaluation and monitoring techniques will be discussed. This is followed by an examination of design techniques (for example, room geometry, reverberation time, use of acoustic materials, noise buffer and barriers, building geometry and configurations and so on) for various building types and urban spaces.

SEED6302 Selective Environment-Landscape – Case Studies

The art of architecture not only embraces the fundamental need for shelter from the natural elements, it also has other purposes and meanings. The selective environment-landscape is an approach to environmentally responsive architectural and community design that seeks to make connections between the technical application of building sciences and the sustenance of cultural identity during rapid global changes. Through a number of critical case studies of buildings and communities worldwide, the course aims to explore a number of themes and to relate theory to practice.

SEED6303 Environmental Policy and Management for Megacities

This course provides an advanced introduction to public policies for protecting the natural environment, and to conflicts over the use of those policies and who has the authority to make decisions about them. The course will introduce students to some core concepts in environmental economics and to familiarize students with the dilemmas and trade-offs that governments face in making decisions with respect to the natural environment. It also aims to make students aware of a range of factors that need to be considered when making environmental policy.

SEED6304 Life Cycle Assessment and Net-Zero Carbon Emission

How do you tell that a building is green? On what basis a green and sustainable building could be evaluated. There are many methods in use nowadays. The course will introduce some of the more popular methods such as life cycle assessment and net-zero carbon emission and their underlining principles. Students are expected to try some of these methods out themselves in the class.

SEED6305 Topical Study I in Environmental Design

The course consists of directed investigation into selected current issues and practice in Environmental Design in cities.

SEED6306 Topical Study II in Sustainable Design and Urban Development

The course consists of directed investigation into selected current issues and practice in sustainable design and urban development.