Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

 Executive Director Visits University of Nottingham
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December 2012
Philip Oldfield, Course Director, University of Nottingham

NOTTINGHAM - The Directors of the University of Nottingham’s Masters Course in Sustainable Tall BuildingsDavid Nicholson-Cole and Dr. Philip Oldfield – welcomed CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood to Nottingham in December 2012, to meet the students, view their latest work and to discuss the development of the course over the past year. The CTBUH have taken on the role of course accreditors, providing general guidance and feedback, but also confirming that it achieves a high standard of teaching and learning so as to give other students confidence in undertaking it in the future.
The Masters Course in Sustainable Tall Buildings is the world’s only higher-education program and qualification dedicated to tall building design – an exclusivity that has attracted students from India, China, Mexico, Chile, Iran and Taiwan. Now in its fourth year, the course is beginning to see its students make an impact on the high-rise world, with successes in international student design competitions, including a fourth place out of more than 350 entrants in the CTBUH’s own 2012 competition. Alumni are involved in high-rise design at notable skyscraper architecture firms around the world including Atkins China, Gensler London and Sandeep Shirke Associates in India. Furthermore, alumni are going beyond just designing high-rises, but are also spreading the knowledge they gained during their degree experience by teaching tall building design as part of architecture courses at universities in Tehran, New Delhi and Pune.
Antony Wood discusses projects with students
Students with Course Directors David Nicholson-Cole, Dr. Philip Oldfield and CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood
Dr. Wood joined the course and met the students at the mid-point of the first semester design studio, which is based on three very different sites in Abu Dhabi, Rotterdam and Singapore. The studio takes a truly global look at the typology, challenging students to design high-rises that respond to the unique characteristics and qualities of their site, and to take inspiration from its climate, culture, context and social and vernacular traditions, while considering the pragmatic needs of the building in terms of structure, environment, vertical transportation and façade. The result is a series of innovative and at times challenging designs, which this semester include a series of towers that dramatically spread out towards their apex to provide shade and collect rainwater, inspired by the Singaporean tradition of using an umbrella in both sun and rain, and a vertical bike park and storage centre in Rotterdam.
Canopy Tower, Singapore: Song Zhu, Vivek Chithambaram & Weiqi Huang Suspended Boxes, Rotterdam: Douglas Saraiva
“It is a pleasure to again accredit this unique masters course in Nottingham,” Dr. Wood said after meeting the students and discussing their projects. “As tall buildings’ influence on our urban centers continues to grow, the education of the next generation of architects and designers in the typology is essential to make high-rises more sustainable, habitable and more responsive to the cities they stand in. The Masters Course in Sustainable Tall Buildings at Nottingham is certainly contributing to this.”

For more information on the course, please contact Philip Oldfield at
Tanjong Pagar Station Tower, Singapore: Jeff Smith Vertical Fish Farm, Singapore: Matthew Humphreys