Sustainable by DesignSemester Course

Sustainable by Design, Semester Course
Major Discipline(s)
Architecture, Design, Sustainability
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

For many years, Scandinavian countries have played a significant role in the movement of societies towards economic, social, and environmental sustainability. This course focuses on sustainable concepts and strategies to integrate new rigorous sustainable solutions into architecture, urbanism, design, and lifestyle choices. Case studies are used to investigate how concepts are applied in reality, to assess how they work at various scales, and to gain a greater intuitive understanding of them. There are ongoing discussions about climate as context, energy issues, behavioral change, and sustainable values.

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Environmental Studies


Charlotte Algreen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand. Arch. (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen 1998). DGNB Consultant and Passive house designer. Working with sustainable building in own company Algreen Architects 2001-2012. Responsible for implementing sustainability at JJW Architects 2012-2014 and at Lejerbo affordable housing association 2014-2017. External Associate Professor at DTU – Technical University of Denmark from 2013-2021 (Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment). Member of the Sustainability committee at The Danish Association of Construction Clients. Former Chairwomen Advisory Board on Sustainability for the Municipality of Lyngby-Taarbæk. Own company from 2017-2022 ALGREEN – Sustainability, Process Management and Facilitation – working as a consultant to help the building industry and organisations become more sustainable which sometimes also involve using the SDG’s (UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals) as the communicative tool. Starts at WSP Denmark January 2023 as Senior Advisor/Consultant on Sustainability, help building the Sustainability Department, being front end on projects to make projects as sustainable as possible, educating/professional develop of departments on sustainability, where relevant. With DIS since 2018.