MC2014 Masters Conference People and Buildings

Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design

September 19, 2014 – September 19, 2014

A conference for Masters students in sustainable buildings organised by NCEUB

The amount of energy used by a building can vary by 300% or more depending on the habits and behaviour of its occupants. Physics and engineering are important but not enough on their own. People and buildings form a system whose purpose is to provide a safe, comfortable, sustainable and affordable shelter for its inhabitants. A successful building is one which provides the means for those who live in it to achieve these aims and does this with the minimum use of resources.

There are a growing number of Masters courses designed to enable students, and in many cases practitioners, to gain the basic knowledge they need to design good low-carbon buildings. I particular students commit a great deal of energy and ingenuity  in writing their thesis but Masters students rarely get an opportunity to present their work outside the confines of their own University. As a result a lot of interesting work can become locked away – at best in the school archive, at worst only in the memories of the writer, supervisor or examiner.

The process of writing a paper of just a few pages from the wealth of data accumulated in writing a masters dissertation can be challenging and instructive.

This conference will begin to address this situation by providing a forum to discuss short papers by Masters students who are near the end of their course or who have completed in the last two years. The subject of their paper will usually reflect that of their thesis, but may result from other work they have done if this will provide an interesting and informative paper.

The conference will provide a forum for students of architecture engineering or related disciplines from different universities to meet one another and exchange information and discuss important topics. The conference can also provide a forum for students to contact potential employers. All papers and presentations will be uploaded to the NCEUB website.

It is not necessary to offer a paper to attend.

Provisional Timetable

To participate as an author:

  • 10th August please submit a short (150 words) abstract, giving an outline of the subject, method and conclusions of the paper and send it to the organisers. We recognise that some authors may not have finalised the data collection and analysis by this stage, the idea is more to get a rough estimate of the range and number of papers to expect at the conference.
  • 15th August you will be informed of the acceptance of your paper for development to a full paper
  • 5th September your paper should be uploaded to the website in the prescribed format electronically to be included in the proceedings. Please check through your paper with your course tutor before sending.


Conference Information