National Training Award recognition for ‘green’ architect (4 January 2010)

 Director of Design Research and Innovation wins award for South-East


David Rowley, a member of Sustainable Wallingford has won a prestigious National Training Award for the South-East Region. The award recognises an outstanding contribution and commitment to training, learning and development in the workplace and nationally. Under the title ‘to help towards high quality sustainable buildings and their sites’. For his individual contribution, David was honoured on 5th October in Oxford Town Hall, alongside other Regional winners.

The photo is of David Rowley flanked by the presenters Ian Feguson CBE – UK Skills Board Member and Michael Osbaldestonn – WorldSkills London 2011

Working for the architectural firm Nightingale Associates since 1995, David has worked on numerous projects including Southampton University’s Biomedical Sciences Building, the Atomic Weapons Establishment – Aldermaston and Rampton, St Thomas’, King’s College, Peterborough City and Pembury Hospitals.

His passion for sustainable building design has been enhanced through self-study. He studied an MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering, has attended workshops organised for NEAT (NHS Environment Assessment Tool) and its successor BREEAM Healthcare (Building Research Establishment Environmental Method), seminars organised by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and various conferences about eco-buildings. He said:
“Standards and regulations in sustainability and environmental design are increasing, and continuing education, is a key part in helping ensure they are met. The zero carbon targets by 2016 to 2019 for new non domestic buildings (depending on the type) are a particular challenge, but we must also put a lot of emphasis on improving the existing building stock and transport issues to achieve overall targets set.”

Thanks to David’s expertise and an outstanding team effort, Nightingale Associates has won numerous ‘green’ credentials and accolades including BREEAM assessor capability for Healthcare, Education and International projects, WRAP commitment and designing out-waste capability, and a place in the Architects Journal’s top ten most sustainable practices in 2009.

Nightingales’ founder Mike Nightingale stated; “David has used his knowledge to help generate improvements in sustainability, both within our practice and nationally. His determination to use his knowledge and skills to make a difference on sustainability should inspire others.”

Lorraine Holme, the Department of Health’s Sustainable Development Programme Manager said “When we upgraded NEAT to BREEAM Healthcare and produced the HTM 07-07 Sustainable health and social care buildings, it was important to invite David onto the steering groups. His commitment and enthusiasm, understanding of the realities of practical application, and his ability to apply knowledge and skills from a wider perspective, have made him an invaluable member.”

(David has supported Sustainable Wallingford almost since we started, giving us a talk on Sustainable Design in Public and Commercial Buildings in July 2004.)


Nightingale Associates: Sustainability Conference – March 2007

Though this first Nightingale Associates Sustainability Conference was held on 13th March 2007 in Coventry UK, the talks are still valid and provide an excellent introduction to a wide range of sustainability issues.

The conference attracted over 180 delegates including many members of NA staff and clients, and many key figures from across the building industry.

The conference has been turned into a DVD, copies of which have been sent to NA clients, offices and others such as UK ministers and Prince Charles. Two copies have also been sent to all UK schools of architecture via the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) that endorsed it.

Please see below for the list of talks, which are in video form, with direct links to their PowerPoint presentations.

The presentations’ content and the opinions expressed therein are offered only as guidance and the speakers and Nightingale associates accept no responsibility for how they are use or interpreted.


Climate Change: From Evidence to Action – 25 mins
By Prof. Thomas Downing – Director, Stockholm Environment Institute

Building Design and Construction – Time for a Radical Rethink? – 35 mins
By Professor David Strong – Managing Director, Building Research Establishment. UK

Anthills to Labyrinths, Engineering Sustainable Architecture – 30 mins
Patrick Bellew – Director, Atelier Ten

The Impact of the New Energy Performance Certificate – 25 mins
Prof. David Strong – Managing Director, BRE
This is applicable to UK projects.

Environmental Mind Maps – 15 mins
Dr. Joel Callow – Associate, Giffords

A Sustainable Approach to the Design of Healthcare Facilities– 30 mins
Phil Nedin – Director, Arup

Dongtan Eco City– 30 mins
Dr. Neil Kirkpatrick – Associate Director, Arup