Sustainable and Regenerative Design

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sustainable and Regenerative Design

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Architecture, Environmental Sustainability

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    SARC 232, Students must provide a portfolio of work for pre-approval before International Orientation and Enrolment week at Victoria University of Wellington. Students can only submit portfolios in a CD, PDF, website or proper booklet format. Printouts are strongly discouraged. The portfolio must be an accurate representation of the student?s skills set to date.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Explores sustainable and regenerative design principles and applications across a range of designed and built environments. Students are taught to operate at the leading edge of theoretical and philosophical thinking in the field and to explore and employ critical thinking and innovative solutions.

    Many of the world?s leading architects and designers embrace the philosophy of ecologically and socially sustainable, regenerative or positive design, as well as the triple or quadruple bottom line ethos of sustainable development. Innovative new architecture and landscapes and an increasing amount of the world?s most advanced developments consider and implement sustainable design solutions. An increasing proportion of this work, particularly at the urban scale, is driven by sound economic and commercial imperatives as well as by awareness and responsibility of planners and designers regarding issues related to ecological and community health.

    Different building typologies require specific design considerations and solutions. The course investigates different building and landscape typologies and outlines examples of best sustainable and regenerative building design practice for public and commercial buildings. There is also a focus on the community wellbeing aspect of sustainability in the course in terms of engaging with stakeholders and facilitating participatory design processes.

    Course Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:
    1: Understand the main issues, challenges, and opportunities for designed environments in relation to sustainable and
    regenerative design for medium and large scale projects.
    2: Critically discuss sustainable and regenerative designed environments in relation to leading edge issues and
    technologies and develop a philosophical position and stance with regard to sustainable and regenerative designed environments.
    3: Employ appropriate representational media to convey essential research findings and outcomes with regard to sustainable and regenerative designed environments.

    Project 1: Tokelau Community Centre
    Stage 1 Research and Specialist Consulting 40%
    Stage 2 Brief Design 10%
    Stage 3 Analysis and Design 40%
    Project 2: Critical Engagement 10%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.