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Arch 580

British Green Architecture Seminar

Spring 2019

Arch 580 British Green Architecture Seminar


Bruce Haglund 
Carolina Manrique
Rebecca Behrens

During spring term at UI, students will do basic research on green building in the UK and will help plan the itinerary for the summer's studies abroad program. During the seminar logistical preparations for studies abroad will be discussed. This preparation seminar is a prerequisite to the studies abroad offering and is intended to maximize the students’ experiences in the UK.

The Architecture London Program application was due by September 1, 2018, submitted on-line to the UI Studies Abroad coordinator in the International Programs office. 

Required Texts

  • London's Contemporary Architecture, Ken Allinson and Victoria Thornton, 6th edition, Architectural Press (eBook available)

"London is a living architectural exhibition. This tried and trusted portable guide will help you to find your way around one of the world's most exciting cities, offering architectural experiences and insights into London's finest contemporary architecture."

"A research programme and report exploring the future of green infrastructure in the design and function of cities. Cities Alive highlights the social, economic and environmental benefits of green infrastructure, including case studies of best practice from across the globe."

  • Green Cities of Europe, Timothy Beatley, Island Press. Available in PDF from the UI Library at <>.

    "That we need new models of urbanization—that is, sustainable urbanization—is especially clear here in the U.S. Where to look for new models is always a question, and as this book [GCE] argues European cities remain a powerful source of potent ideas and inspiring practice." —Tim Beatley
  • Walkable City Rules, Jeff Speck, Island Press. 

    "North America, along with much of the world, has been building and rebuilding its cities and towns quite badly for more than half a century. To do it properly would have been easy; we used to be great at it." —Jeff Speck

  • Seeing the Better City, Charles R. Wolfe, Island Press. 

"We all have within us the capacity to assess and communicate what we like and dislike about our surroundings, to respond with delight, sadness, fear, or anger, and to discover how best to improve the world around us." —Charles Wolfe

More on the book, see and  

  • A Green Cities Checklist: A Subjective Rating Rubric, B. Haglund & M. Payne.

"To meet the challenges of mitigating global climate change it is not sufficient to merely design and construct sustainable buildings. Sustainability must be attained on the neighbourhood, city, and regional scales." Download

  • 100 Projects UK CLT, Waugh Thistleton Architects

"While cross-laminated timber (CLT) appears to be finally entering the mainstream, there is considerable inertia in the construction industry that impedes the greater adoption of this truly innovative material. The benefits are clear—building in timber is quick, clean, and easy. It can be achieved with a measured accuracy and lack of noise, waste, or need for material storage space. It has notable benefits in terms of warmth, acoustics, and structural efficiency. In a world ever more concentrated in urban areas, timber is the basis for safe and healthy cities composed of exceptionally designed and responsibly constructed buildings." Download

Supplemental Web Sites

Course Journal

Students are required to keep a seminar class journal consisting of their class notes, research findings, sketches/drawings, illustrations and images, and other pertinent information. The assignment is intended to create a habit of journal-keeping that will continue through the summer studies abroad course. Students are encouraged to use Adobe InDesign to organize and best integrate their words and images. A PDF version of this journal is due at the end of the term.

Before You Go

To help plan for your trip we've put together a To-Do List.

The studies abroad offerings: 
Arch 552 Alternative Graduate Design Experience: UK Research Studio
(6cr) (can substitute for Arch 454 or 554) or  
Arch 502 DS: Green Architecture in UK
(variable cr) [for students who plan to do arranged extra work] 

Arch 552  is offered as a 6-credit studio commencing Tuesday, June 25, 2019, and ending Monday, July 22, 2019. Students will visit sites; interview architects, engineers, and educators; and explore urban sustainability issues based on their first-hand experience and research. A design charette, planned for the end of the course, will place student teams in London architectural offices for a one-day design challenge with a public presentation the following day.

Edinburgh Lodging (June 25—July 1, 2019) 

In Edinburgh we'll stay at the University of Edinburgh's Pollock Halls residences (See The rooms are standard single occupancy (not en suite) and breakfast is included. The university residence halls are close to central Edinburgh near Arthur's Seat. Lothian Buses provide transit in Edinburgh—single fares are £1.70; all day fares are £4.00; a one-week pass (Ridacard) is £19 plus a £3 card issue fee [sorry we don't qualify for student Ridacards] and night tickets are £3 [free with a Ridacard], Day&Night tickets are £3.50 (all day until 4:30 am). See for much more info and for great route maps.

If you plan to arrive in Edinburgh before June 25, you'll be responsible for arranging your own accommodations. Pollock Halls are among the most reasonable.

London Lodging (July 1—July 22)  

In London UI students will be housed at Victoria Hall, King's Cross, 25 Canal Reach, London a short walk from King's Cross Railway Station. This lodging arrangement allows students to meet their peers from around the world and is close to transit, trains, and significant green architecture projects and green design advocates. The cost is included in the course fees and is nominal—about $45/student/day. Your rooms are single-occupancy, en suite, with a shared kitchen and common space with 5 to 7 others. There is also a group kitchen you can use for a group meal. Meals are not included in the lodging fee. See Victoria Hall Accommodations. Bedding and towels are included for summer lodgers. Especially read the FAQ page on Moving In/Moving Out.

If you plan to stay on in London after our July 22 checkout, you will have to consider extending your stay at your own expense or finding another place to stay. Here are three recommended hostels that are well-located and not expensive.

Rail Cards and Tickets plus Oyster Cards

Each student will have to purchase a rail card for travel in the UK. Don't worry if you are over 25, UI IPO will verify your full-time status on the application form. As a full-time student, you may purchase the railcard (£30) upon presenting your passport, International Student ID, and the application. See You can purchase it directly from the ticketing agent at any staffed rail station upon your arrival in the UK. Make sure you have a passport style and size photo available. 

You can book your train trips on-line up to 12 weeks in advance and be sure to claim the student railcard discount when you book (to assure the lowest fares) and pick up the tickets from an electronic kiosk (where you'll need to use the same credit card you used for purchase as ID) at the train station of your choice (King's Cross is my favorite place and is closest to the dorm) after you arrive in London or Edinburgh (where Edinburgh Waverly Station is the best bet for getting the railcard and picking up tickets). Always carry your rail card when traveling by train! Otherwise you'll have to pay full fare—conductors check ticket and railcard.

Also, with your 16-25 Railcard, you can set the discount concession on a standard adult Oyster card for travel by tube, overground, and busses in London. You can buy your Oyster and set the railcard discount at:

  • A Tube, London Overground, and some National Rail station ticket offices
  • An Oyster Ticket Stop
  • Travel Information Centre

As well as a 1/3 discount on off-peak, pay-as-you-go, fares and daily caps, you can also buy discounted off-peak Day Travelcards to travel:

  • At any time on weekends and public holidays
  • After 10:00am, Monday to Friday or after 09:30am during July and August


Since the program begins June 25, students will have to shop hard get the lowest fare airline tickets (July flights ~$875 from Seattle to London or ~$1000 from Seattle to Edinburgh [as of 8 Nov '18]). Note: It will probably be less expensive (and more fun) to fly into London and purchase a round-trip train ticket to Edinburgh (about £50 if bought in advance—the one way ticket from Edinburgh to London is also ~£50). In spite of the high cost of London, the whole trip should be quite affordable. Edinburgh and London lodging (including breakfast at Pollock Halls) and all tours and instructional costs are included in the course fee. Students will be responsible for all transportation—airfare, trains, the tube—and other meals. Most public museums in London and the UK are free (except special exhibits). See budget page.

Introduction Schedule Case Studies
Green Cities Cultural Venues Architects
UK Assignment UK Schedule-2019 Charette Teams-2019
Schedule 2017 UK Schedule-2017 Charette Teams-2017
Schedule 2015 UK Schedule-2015 Charette Teams-2015
Schedule 2013 UK Schedule-2013 Charette Teams-2013
Schedule 2011 UK Schedule-2011 Charette Teams-2011
Schedule 2009 UK Schedule-2009 Charette Teams-2009
Schedule 2006 UK Schedule-2006 Study Teams-2006