Green Architecture Day 2019

Green Architecture Day 2019
Cutting-edge talks on green architecture brought to you by Brighton Permaculture Trust and Low Carbon Trust

Impacts of the built environment on health and well-being

Saturday 30 March 2019
10:30am to 5pm
Sallis Benney Theatre
University of Brighton
Grand Parade Building
Brighton BN2 0JY (Directions)

Who is Green Architecture Day for?

At Brighton Permaculture Trust, we believe that we need to give equal weight to sustainability in the built environment and regenerating our landscapes.

This event is open to anyone aged 16 or over and will be of interest to anyone interested in sustainability and buildings. The event has benefited students, home renovators, self builders, landlords, tenants, developers, builders, architects, engineers, planners and academics.



Dr Melissa Ferández Arrigoitia

“Melissa Ferández ArrigoitiaDr Melissa Ferández Arrigoitia is a Lecturer in Urban Futures at Lancaster University’s Sociology Department. Her interdisciplinary work focuses primarily on housing and critical geographies of the home. This includes a long-term ethnography into the production of alternative home futures and collaborative, community-led practices, notably senior co-housing, in London. She has pursued a range of questions regarding urban belonging and exclusion in the UK, Europe, Latin America, South Asia and the Caribbean; including the construction and demolition of social housing. She is co-editor of the books (with Brickell, K. and Vasudevan, A.) Geographies of Forced Eviction: Dispossession, Violence, Insecurity (2017, Palgrave) and (with Scanlon, K. and Whitehead C.) Social Housing in Europe (2014, Wiley).

Kath Scanlon, Policy Fellow, LSE

“Kath ScanlonKath Scanlon is Distinguished Policy Fellow at LSE London. Her work is grounded in economics but also draws on techniques and perspectives from other disciplines including geography and sociology, and aims at improving the evidence base for policy decisions at national or local level. She has conducted evaluations of several residential development projects in London, as well as of state and local housing policies in Europe, the UK and the Caribbean, employing both quantitative and qualitative techniques. She is a longtime collaborator of the Council of Europe Development Bank, and helped develop their framework for evaluating projects to improve housing for migrants and vulnerable groups.

Karen Flatt, RIBA

“KarenKaren Flatt is an architect and Studio Director at IBI Group who specialises in mental health design and has a profound knowledge of both service-users‘ and healthcare professionals’ unique requirements. She has successfully designed and delivered numerous mental health schemes across different age groups and security levels.

Karen believes that building environments play a significant role in the behaviour of their users and good design can deliver real and measurable benefits. Her aim at IBI is to involve users in all aspects of the design process to create uplifting and therapeutic buildings that improve mental and physical wellbeing.

Recent Talks
Care and Dementia Conference – March 2018
Design in Mental Health – May 2017

Kelvin Campbell, BArch RIBA MRTPI FRSA

“KelvinKelvin Campbell is a collaborative urbanist and writer. He is the chair of Smart Urbanism and the Massive Small Collective, an international network of collaborators facilitated by his son Andrew Campbell, a sustainability expert.

After founding and leading Urban Initiatives, a successful urban design practice, for over two decades, he decided to step aside and take a different perspective on urbanism—something he is passionate about.

Former visiting professor in urban design at the University of Westminster and chairman of the Urban Design Group, Campbell is now honorary professor at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, and lecturing in the Masters in Sustainable Urban Development program at Oxford University. In 2013, he received the Urban Design Group’s Lifetime Achievement Award and was later awarded the Built Environment Fellowship by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

He was lead author with Rob Cowan on By Design, the UK government’s policy guidance on design in the planning system. Together they have collaborated on and published numerous books and polemics.

Maria Brenton

“MariaMaria Brenton is the UK Cohousing Network’s Senior Cohousing Ambassador, and a trustee of the UK Cohousing Network Trust. A former academic, she has for many years worked with the OWCH (Older Women’s Cohousing) Group, who at the end of 2016, moved in to ‘New Ground’ Cohousing in North London, the UK’s first and only Senior Cohousing Community so far. Maria is on the steering group of an inter-disciplinary and inter-university research team, ‘Home futures for later life’ at LSE, which has made a start on evaluating the health and wellbeing impact of the senior cohousing model.

Maria has researched and written about cohousing in various countries, visiting communities in Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Italy and the USA. She is an enthusiastic advocate of this way of living both for older people and for societies confronting the challenge of ageing.

Duncan Baker-Brown, RIBA FRSA

“DuncanDuncan Baker-Brown is an architect, writer, academic and environmental activist, based in Lewes near Brighton on the South coast of England, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

For nearly 25 years Duncan has been at the forefront of teaching, researching, and practicing sustainable design, working on projects as varied as exhibitions and symposiums, new houses and schools, as well as whole urban districts such as London’s Greenwich Millennium Village with Ralph Erskine While working for Rick Mather Architects he set up BBM Sustainable Design with his business partner Ian McKay after they had won the RIBA 'House of the Future' competition. In 1994 Duncan started his teaching career at the University of Brighton’s School of Architecture where he and Ian had met as post-graduate students. They quickly began to work on research projects, such as ‘CityVision’ in 1997, which considered ways people could live in beautiful, sustainable, cities.

More recently Duncan has become well known as the architect behind a series of experimental off-grid sustainable ‘house’ projects, such as Channel 4’s ’The House that Kevin Built’ with Kevin McCloud. This was the first house in the UK with an A+ energy certificate, as well as the first one made from 90% organic material. It was followed by ‘The Brighton Waste House’, which was designed and constructed in collaboration with over 360 students at the University of Brighton. It was Europe’s first permanent building made from waste.

Duncan is a passionate and informed public speaker on many issues pertaining to sustainable development and the Circular Economy. See his 2013 TEDxBrighton talk.

Who is Green Architecture Day for?

This event is open to anyone aged 16 or over and will be of interest to anyone interested in sustainability and buildings. The event has benefited students, home renovators, self builders, landlords, tenants, developers, builders, architects, engineers, planners and academics.

At Brighton Permaculture Trust, we believe that we need to give equal weight to sustainability in the built environment and regenerating our landscapes.


We will be serving a complimentary vegetarian soup and bread at the café/bar at the Sallis Benney. Additional sandwiches and extras can be purchased on site as well as a number of nearby restaurants and pubs


Fees include tuition, handouts and refreshments.

  • £75 - Sponsored/organisation rate
  • £75 - Individual income more than 25k/yr
  • £60 - Individual income 18-25k/yr
  • £45 - Individual income less than 18k/yr
  • £20 - Individual, concessionary rate (check eligibility)*

*Concessionary places are limited. If places are not available check back two weeks before the course/event as more may be available then.

We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding for most of these and rely on large amounts of voluntary input.

See the cancellations and refunds policy.

Paying for your place

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If you are booking within two weeks of the course, or the course is nearly full, you will not have the option to pay later. Instead, you will need to pay immediately at the point of booking using a credit card or PayPal.

Booking Green Architecture Day

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Green Architecture Day archive

Presentations from previous years can be found in our archive.