University of Strathclyde announces first online CPD course for architects, planners and lighting designers

Online-CPD-ArchitectureThe Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde has announced its first online continuing development (CPD) course entitled ‘Social Benefits of Innovative Lighting’.

The multidisciplinary course consists of two videos on innovative lighting and its application. They were produced in collaboration with researchers and academics of the Departments of Physics; Pure and Applied Chemistry; Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde as well as practicing architects from Collective Architecture.

They provide a brief history of LED development, a demonstration of LED fabrication in the laboratory, and current developments in the field of low energy lighting. The architects present major community lighting projects - how the communities were engaged in the design process, and the social impact the lighting has had.

Professor Ashraf Salama, head of the Department of Architecture, said: “The course is the first in the series of online trans-disciplinary courses that cross the boundaries of disciplines. They will be released in forthcoming months, including ‘Decision-making on Place Making’, ‘Global Sustainable Cities’ and ‘Master Planning for Change’.

“The online CPD courses are currently an easy and cost-effective solution for architects, planners and other professionals operating in the built environment sector to be better informed on the changing context in which they work. Our long-term plans include development and production of postgraduate online courses.”

Professor Branka Dimitrijević, director of knowledge exchange at the Department of Architecture and associate Dean knowledge exchange at the Faculty of Engineering, added: “Online CPD courses and other formats of online knowledge exchange enable professionals nationally and internationally to access information about new research insights soon after the research outputs are available. We will continue to use the services of the Flexible Learning Centre at the Faculty of Engineering, launched in November 2016, for the production of our future online teaching material and knowledge exchange products.”

Those interested in the course can find more information about its contents and learning outcomes here.

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