Nanyang Polytechnic launches Diploma in Sustainable Architectural Design

“Recent developments in the built environment sector require a new breed of architectural designers and technologists. We have brought the expertise of two schools – Design and Engineering – together so that the graduates of the new Diploma in Sustainable Architecture & Design can thrive in the future economy. We believe that they will be in great demand in multiple sectors, including architecture, construction, green and smart building development,” said Albert Lim, Director of School of Design, Nanyang Polytechnic.

“Recent developments in the built environment sector require a new breed of architectural designers and technologists. We have brought the expertise of two schools – Design and Engineering – together so that the graduates of the new Diploma in Sustainable Architecture & Design can thrive in the future economy. We believe that they will be in great demand in multiple sectors, including architecture, construction, green and smart building development,” said Albert Lim, Director of School of Design, Nanyang Polytechnic. Image credit: Nanyang Polytechnic.

The built environment in Singapore is expected to evolve rapidly in the next decade with the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE) identifying areas needing innovations and rethinking the way we use resources, energy, spaces and transport.

“I congratulate Nanyang Polytechnic on the much awaited launch of the new Diploma in Sustainable Architecture & Design. It comes at a most opportune time when architects have to take on the role as ‘healers of the built environment’. It is an excellent starting platform for any seriously-minded young person wanting to embark on a rewarding career in the built-environment sector, which is ever increasing in relevance,” said Theodore Chan, Director of CIAP Architects Pte Ltd.

This future calls for more than the vision of a single profession.

A sustainable built environment aims to maximise outcomes but using less energy and minimising waste applying relevant technology and innovations.

Collaborative effort to devise design solutions is the way forward for multidisciplinary teams comprising architects, engineers, designers, builders and facility managers to come together to make the vision a reality.

Currently, the built environment sector is facing challenges arising from high labour costs, tight labour market and limited new capabilities and skills.

The five-year Sectoral Manpower Plan (SMP) launched by the Building and Construction Authority aims to develop 20,000 green building professionals and 13,000 building modelling and virtual design specialists by 2020.

To meet this demand, Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) has introduced a new Diploma in Sustainable Architectural Design.

This integrated multi-disciplinary programme will develop designers who are adept in the use of technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality tools for sustainable architecture, smart building and urban solutions.

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