May 17, 2021

Advice for Architects in Training - Philippa Birch-Wood & Taleen Josefsson - BSBS006

Advice for Architects in Training - Philippa Birch-Wood & Taleen Josefsson - BSBS006

For this bytesize episode, sustainable design consultants Philippa Birch-Wood and Taleen Josefsson discuss their education, what shaped their desire to be involved in sustainable architecture and the opportunities that were available to them during their education. The episode ends with some top tips for budding architects on how to bring sustainability into their learning when the educational facilities aren't providing it.

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Philippa Birch-Wood

I am an Architect and environmentalist leading Thrive at Chetwoods. I support project teams to deliver quality architecture that improves our health and enhances our environment. I am always on the hunt for innovative materials and building methods to improve efficiency.

I am UK Green Building Council Local Network Coordinator for Birmingham and the West Midlands. I help to coordinate events, build networks and disseminate resources to ensure construction professionals in our region are informed of the opportunities there are to improve the quality of our built environment.

In my own time I am Chair of Low Carbon Lichfield (a community group educating the public on ways to reduce their carbon footprint) and co-founder of Transition Lichfield. Transition Lichfield follows the principles of a Transition Town (Transition Town Network): the group acts as a networking facilitator to build a stronger more resilient community through a series of talks and events.

I am a WELL Accredited Professional and an active member of MaD (Make a Difference) Networking – ask Edith Colomba).

Taleen Josefsson, NCARB CPHC

Thrive Project Leader at Chetwoods | Founder of @the_holistic_architect

In realizing an acute need for holistic approaches to sustainably tackling the complex environmental and social issues facing current and future populations, I have become devoted to promoting healthy, low-energy built environment solutions that strengthen local communities, economies, and biodiversity. I am particularly interested in designing for the circular economy, as well as life cycle analysis and material selection in regard to calculating operational and embodied energy.

I am an architect with a M.Sc. in sustainable development in architecture and planning. Prior to graduate school, I worked in the architecture and interior design field in the New York Metropolitan Area for 5 years after graduating with a B. Arch. from Cornell University. My previous work includes a range of private residential as well as government-backed affordable housing projects.