Green Architecture Sessions 2020

(previously Green Architecture Day)

Green Architecture Sessions 2020

Cutting-edge talks on green architecture brought to you by Brighton Permaculture Trust and Low Carbon Trust

September 21 – October 3 2020


The Green Architecture Day team are excited to announce a new format for 2020, the Green Architecture Sessions.

Our homes and living environments have come into sharp focus during the pandemic and with the escalating climate crisis we know it’s more important than ever that we worked to bring together the industry’s leading professionals to talk about holistic circular design and solutions to create a built environment that works for both people and planet.

Kicking off on the 21st September the two-week event will host a series of online lunchtime talks, Q&A’s, panel discussion and breakout sessions where you will be able to get your questions answered by the architecture and construction industry’s leading professionals.

The line-up this year is packed full of fantastic designers and community innovators. Read on to find out how you can join and learn from the leaders who are building a greener future, right here in the UK.

What is Green Architecture Sessions 2020?

Green Architecture Sessions 2020 is the new name for our annual event, Green Architecture Day. Each year we host a conference full of inspiring talks about how we can build, work and live in greener, healthier buildings and communities, and 2020 is all about ACTION.

This year, our impressive lineup will be focusing their talks on the actions they are taking to address the climate and biodiversity crisis. 

You’ll hear about the latest cutting-edge solutions – from regenerative living materials, circular construction systems to community-led bio-manufacturing and equitable business models, to diverse and carbon neutral green roof adaptation and how we can transform the property industry to operate within planetary boundaries while facilitating prosperity.

Each year people come together to learn from the dynamic change makers who are creating the present and future of practical, innovative and holistic design. Green Architecture Sessions welcomes participants who are architects, engineers, construction professionals and design students, to permaculture designers and interested individuals. The event is always a melting pot of creativity and innovation. Read more about who Green Architecture Sessions are for.



What to expect

  • A series of online talks from industry experts and practitioners 
  • Longer than usual Q&A sessions after the talks
  • A facilitated panel discussion to conclude, embedding all the learning and setting common goals and actions
  • Your choice of break-out sessions
  • A virtual noticeboard to exchange contact details and ideas
  • Recorded sessions so you can catch-up and listen again
  • Technical support
  • To be inspired!

Speakers and Topics

Monday 21st Sept 12:30pm – 12:50pm

Opening and Plenary Chair:

Oliver Heath | Oliver Heath Design Ltd


Wednesday 23rd Sept 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Duncan Baker-Brown | BBM Design
Mining the Anthropocene – a case for alternative design thinking

Maria Smith | Director of Sustainability and Physics at Buro Happold
Architecture and Climate Justice

Tuesday 29th Sept 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Bryn Thomas | Brighton Permaculture Trust
Applying permaculture design to the climate emergency

Clara Bagenal George | Associate at Elementa/ Initiator LETI
A climate emergency design guide and LETI Embodied carbon primer

Thursday 1st Oct 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Ehab Sayed  | Founder and Director of Innovation at Biohm in conversation with
Sally Lowndes | Onion Collective
A Biomimetic Future: How can nature inspire us to revolutionise the built environment and restore local equity

Dusty Gedge | European Federation of Green Roof Associations
Carbon neutral, green roofs and delivering nature-based solutions

More details of all the talks can be found here.

Breakout Sessions

Saturday 3rd October 

We will have two tours in Brighton on the 3 October. There will be a limited number of places to join these tours in-person (booking essential) and they will both be live-streamed. Details of how to book the in-person tour and the live stream links will be sent to Green Architecture Sessions participants via email.

Walking tour of Madeira Drive Green Wall 11am – 11:45am

A walking tour of the oldest living wall in the UK with James Farrell of

We will identify some of the impressive array of species this Victorian wall is sustaining. This is a magnificent example of biodiversity built to last that has been evolving for hundreds of years on our seafront.

Brighton Waste House tour 11am – 11:45am

There will be a tour of the award winning Waste House with queen of waste reduction Cat Fletcher.

The Brighton Waste House is the first permanent ‘carbon negative’ public building in Europe to be constructed from approximately 90% waste, including surplus material and discarded plastic gathered from the construction industries and our own homes. Despite such unusual material sources, the Waste House has Full Planning & Building Regulations Approvals.

Repair Café Online 11am- 12pm

Repair cafés are social events where a team of volunteer repairers teach participants to fix their broken things. For Green Architecture Sessions this year the Brighton Repair Café team will be available online to give advice about fixing your broken objects.

The team will be able to help diagnose the problem with your item, whether it can be repaired, how to go about it and advise where to get parts or help. This could be anything from clothing and textiles to electrical goods, furniture or computer, tablet or mobile phone software issues. We will be limited to one item per person – so make it count!

Register direct with Repair Cafe: To register email and let the team know which your cherished item you would like to fix & the issue with it. They will then invite you to sign up and send details about how the event works and their zoom call details. 

Panel Discussion – What action is needed now?

Saturday 3rd October 3pm – 4.15pm Hosted by Oliver Heath

Speakers and event participants join the call to action and Q&A.


Thanks to a #CelebrateNationalLottery25 funding we have been able to significantly reduce the price of tickets for 2020, however we are still reliant on booking fees to run the event.

  • £38 – Sponsored/organisation rate
  • £38 – Individual income more than 25k/yr
  • £30 – Individual income 18-25k/yr
  • £23 – Individual income less than 18k/yr
  • £10 concessionary rate (check eligibility)*

All of the above tickets include access to all talks, materials, chatrooms and break out sessions.

*Concessionary places are limited. If places are not available check back two weeks before the course/event as more may be available then. We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. See the cancellations and refunds policy.




Who is Green Architecture Day for?

If you have an interest in the environment, people and buildings then Green Architecture Sessions is for you. Run in partnership with Low Carbon Trust since 2002, the talks have attracted thousands of people who are interested in how holistic design can be applied to improve the built environment. Regular attendees include architects, designers, students, those involved in grassroots projects locally, self-builders, Brighton Permaculture Trust supporters and those with a general interest. All are welcome.


Technical Information

  • The live talks and Q&A sessions will take place on Zoom
  • All sessions will be recorded and be available after the conference ends
  • There will be opportunities to submit questions prior if you can’t make the live session
  • We will email out the links to join the talks and programme in the run-up to the session
  • If you haven’t used zoom before, don’t worry, there will be tech support on hand



If you have completed the booking process but you haven’t received a confirmation email from us please contact us to check your booking has gone through.

If you are booking within two weeks of the event, or the event is nearly full, you will not have the option to pay by cheque or BACS. Instead, you will need to pay immediately using a credit/debit card or PayPal.

More Information

Presentations from previous years can be found in our archive.

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