Dr. La Roche’s Sustainable Systems class is awarded 1st prize by the EDUCATE Program

Dr. Pablo La Roche’s Arc 431 Sustainable Systems class was recently awarded 1st prize in Category 3 by the EDUCATE Program during the EDUCATE Symposium and Award ceremony held in Italy on February 26, 2012.

Launched in 2011, the EDUCATE Prize is an international award given to students whose work “creatively investigates and reflects on the various dimensions of sustainability in architecture and urban design.”

Open to all universities, programs were eligible to register their module, course or design and could submit a maximum of one entry per category. With more than 122 program registered under the 3 categories, 86 entries were received from 42 different countries, with only 2 from the United States.

Coordinated by the Bavarian Chamber of Architects in Germany, entries were judged based on the theoretical and technical contents featured in the online EDUCATE Knowledge Base.

Dr. La Roche’s course dealt with developing alternative low cost passive and active systems that can be used to improve building performance. As part of their learning experience, each student chose a specific area of buildings and proposed components and/or systems that could be used to achieve carbon neutrality. Their proposals were tested using experimental research methods with physical or digital models.

For more information on the program, visit www.educate-sustainability.eu











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