SED Keynote Lecture: Mike Taylor, Gustavo Brunelli and Ed Mc Cann

London 2012 Velodrome: An example of integrated and sustainable design

Series: SED Keynote Lecture
Date: Tuesday 17 January 2012
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 102 mins

see also: Tuesday 17 January 10.00       

Sustainable Environmental Design MArch candidates present their dissertation projects. 


The three key design players of the London 2012 Velodrome will talk about the design methods and solutions that resulted in a true case of integrated and sustainable design. The lightweight, double-curving and cable-net roof structure was designed to reflect the shape of the cycling track based on an economical use of materials. Strategically positioned glazed roof lights provide diffuse light throughout the track and infield areas, avoiding direct sunlight. Whilst mechanical systems seamlessly integrated into the building envelope deliver the warm temperatures required for the record breaking races, the Velodrome can be fully naturally ventilated during most of the year, reducing its energy consumption and related carbon emissions.

Mike Taylor is a Senior Partner of Hopkins Architects. Gustavo Brunelli is an Associate Consultant of BDSP Partnership Consulting Engineers. Ed McCann is a Director of Expedition Engineering.

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.