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Introduction to Sustainable Architecture

Live & Interactive Workshop

Learn how to incorporate a sustainable approach in architecture projects.

A workshop by Ar. Amrutha Kishor

LEED Green Associate | GRIHA Certified Professional
Founder of Elemental


With the rise of extreme weather conditions around the world, the need for sustainability is becoming more and more evident by the day. The United Nations has put together the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 as a global call to action to improve the conditions for people around the world by the year 2030. Today, sustainability has become an important requirement for clients and patrons and will continue to be so in the foreseeable future. 

What you'll learn

 Framework of how to approach such design projects.

 Understanding the core principles of the sustainable approach.


 Planning and layout to improve human comfort while saving energy.

 How to efficiently manage project resources in the most practical manner.

 A sustainable approach to site landscaping.

 Understanding the GRIHA rating and how to get your project certified.


Session 1 | Introduction | 15th March (Monday) 7PM - 9 PM 

  • What is sustainability? What can we as architects do to help with the UN Sustainable Development Goals?
  • The key to sustainable design- Climate response.
  • Building the framework of the sustainable thinking approach.
  • Introduction to the subsequent sessions.
Outcome:  You'll have the framework to approach architecture projects from the perspective of sustainability.

Session 2 | Understanding the Context | 16th March (Tuesday) 7PM - 9 PM 

  • Understanding site context and how it can be harnessed to create a sustainable project.
  • Planning and Facade design for a resource-conscious output.
Outcome: You'll learn how to apply the sustainable approach to the project from the early stages of planning and feasibility.

Session 3 | Thermal Comfort and Materials | 17th March (Wednesday) 7PM - 9 PM 

  • What does thermal comfort mean? How does ventilation affect it?
  • Strategies to improve thermal comfort without laying a burden on the resources.
  • How your decisions as an interior design specialist create an effect on the natural lighting levels of the space.
  • An analysis of commonly used materials in architecture with respect to:
  1. Climate Response
  2. Renewability
  3. Sourcing
  4. Quality & Longevity
Outcome: You'll be able to make conscious decisions regarding thermal comfort, daylighting and materials used. 

Session 4 | Energy Sources & Sustainable Lifestyle | 18th March (Thursday) 7PM - 9 PM 

  • Practical strategies to reduce energy consumption.
  • Efficient solutions to improve water management. 
  • Taking a sustainable approach to site landscaping. Waste management for the project.
  • What is a sustainable lifestyle? How can an architect's decisions create such a lifestyle for the clients?
Outcome: You'll be able to design projects that are energy and resource-efficient.

Session 5 | GRIHA Rating & Conclusion | 19th March (Friday) 7PM - 9 PM

  • What is the GRIHA rating? How can a GRIHA rated project be beneficial for the client?
  • An overview of the various points of the rating system.
  • Understanding post-occupancy and how it impacts the overall sustainability of the project?
Outcome: You'll be better equipped to approach the various rating systems for your next project.


Students and professionals from architecture & interior design backgrounds and design enthusiasts can take this workshop. 


Anyone with a basic understanding of architecture & interior designing can take this workshop.


How will the online workshop be held?

The Workshop will be held live via Zoom App on our website, which has a native integration with Zoom. The doubt forum, quiz tabs & your live class (and their recordings) will be available on a single window, the course home.

What if I miss a session?

WATCH-REWIND-REWATCH. We understand that sometimes you may not be able to make to a session on time or at all! Once the session is over, you'll also get its recording, with lifetime access*. 

How can I access the classes?

Once you have registered for the workshop, you'll find the workshop in the MY COURSES tab of your learner account (TOP MENU>>MY COURSES). All the live classes, discussions & quizzes will happen on the course home. Here is the image of the course home.


Ar. Amrutha Kishor

B.Arch NIT Calicut | M.Arch University of Nottingham, UK | LEED Green Associate |  GRIHA Certified Professional

Founder of Elemental.

Amrutha Kishor is a RIBA nominated architect who specialises in climate responsive design. She believes critical regionalism is an essential tool in designing the way forward.
After completing her undergraduate degree from the National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India in 2016, she went on to pursue a Masters in Architecture Design from the University of Nottingham, UK. After working in Dubai, India and England, she founded Elemental in 2020.
Amrutha's study on how good architecture aids energy efficiency in buildings has been recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2019. She is a LEED Green Associate, GRIHA certified professional and also holds a Diploma in Vastu Shastra from Bangalore Samskrit University.

At Elemental, we create spaces that feel good. We focus on creating climate-responsive designs and promoting critical regionalism, a philosophy that preserves local architectural identity while rejecting its non-functional features and meeting global standards. The word ‘elemental’ means ‘to embody the powers of nature and this is precisely what we do. We make most of nature’s bounty by leveraging the natural solar, wind, and water resources present in each individual site and its surroundings. See more about our works on: