This is a 2-day online event; Starting on Thursday 10th February – ending on Friday 11th February 2022.

From heating our homes to moving around, the built environment and construction sectors are responsible for 40% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. This 2-day Urban Design School will focus on achieving Net Zero Carbon and what that means for planning, development and design professionals. Attendees will learn about best practice, new concepts and practical advice for taking action towards net zero carbon targets.

Day 1  will explore the big picture of what is driving climate change and the strategic actions needed at national and local authority levels to drive emissions reduction.

Event Programme:

Part 1: Talks & Case Studies

Climate Literacy – Scott McAulay
Zero Carbon Britain – Ross O’Ceallaigh

Part 2: Lightning Talks – Key Concepts

Multisolving – Ross O’Ceallaigh
Urban Health and Climate Change – Josh Artus
Circular Economy – Rachel Hoolahan

Part 3: Interactive Workshop

Thriving Place Portrait Tool – Discover a new approach to sustainable planning in this fun, interactive session based on the work of Doughnut Economics Action Lab.

Day 2  will focus on the principles of delivering low carbon development, exploring masterplanning, transport and architecture.

Event Programme:

Part 3: Talks & Case Studies –

Low Carbon Masterplanning
Masterplanning and Energy – Barny Evans
Transport –Jonathan Tricker

Part 5: Talks & Case Studies –

Low Carbon Architecture
Architecture – Kat Scott
Practice Approach and Case Studies – Tara Gbolade

Part 6: Interactive Workshop

Sustainable Design Brief – work in groups with expert tutors to apply what you have learned to a town centre site.

Attendees will get the most out of the Urban Design School by attending all sessions and it is highly recommended that everyone attend the first session on Day 1, as this sets the scene for the rest of the School.

Delivered by:

Scott McAulay, DipArch, Coordinator, Anthropocene Architecture School
Josh Artus, Co-Founder and Director, The Centric Lab
Rachel Hoolahan, Architect & Sustainability Coordinator, Orms
Barny Evans, Director of Sustainability, Turley
Jonathan Tricker, Placemaking Director, PJA 
Kat Scott, Sustainability & Regenerative Design Manager, dRMM
Tara Gbolade, Co-Founder, Gbolade Design Studio
Ross O’Ceallaigh, Programme Manager, Design South East

Key details:

Date: Thursday 10th & Friday 11th February 2022
Time: 10.00 – 15:00 (both days)
Format: Interactive online via Zoom

We will be using Zoom as the online conferencing platform.  Prior to booking places please ensure you have a reliable internet connection and the latest version of Zoom.

Booking details

Kent Design member organisations: 

This event is included in your annual membership package.
Places are available on a first come, first served basis. Check with your Key Contact, or email us for a members free booking code/booking link at:

Book online here. 

Note for Kent Design members: We encourage you to attend both days but you are welcome to just drop in for particular sessions, (scroll down to the bottom of the Tixoom ticket bundle page to register for an individual day).


There are a limited number of places available to non-members. The cost of individual places for this 2-day event is £185+Vat pp/per place. Please book using the Tixoom ticket bundle.

Book online here.

Note for non-Members: You can join us on both days or just attend one day, (scroll down to the bottom of the Tixoom ticket bundle page to register for an individual day).

Once you have completed your ticket registration/purchase you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the event on 10th &/or 11th February 2022.  You’ll also receive an event reminder email 24hrs prior to the event, + 15mins before the event start time. The event organiser will provide additional information such as a digital programme, Zoom guidance, etc. 


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