Key interest areas: Data, Environment, Building

London, United Kingdom

I am an architect, and engineering project manager, focused on bringing in sustainable building principles in AEC sector. Currently, I am developing a large-scale sustainable algae farm in a remote desert. I write about architecture(25%), sustainability(25%), ethics(10%), analytics(20%), and business (20%) built from my experiences in London.

I am working towards changing some of the AEC industry practices in material selection and design. I believe designers have real power in hand and must actively design out polluting materials from their projects. This is a challenge as there are very few alternative for some very polluting materials. …

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I am Aditya, the Editor of Architectonics. I created this publication to encourage open discussions on sustainability in built environment space. The publication is now open allowing you to publish your articles with us. If you have an idea, a thought or view that you would like to share on the following topics, please feel free to get in touch with us.

  • Environment — sustainability, climate action, climate change, impact of design on environment, design for social value, strategies, masterplans, landscape
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Hello and Welcome!

I am Aditya, the Editor of Architectonics. I created this publication to encourage open discussions on sustainability in built environment space. The publication is open to articles that share knowledge and insights on topics listed below;

  • Environment— sustainability, climate action, climate change, impact of design on environment, design…

How to acquire, qualify, and register as ARB/RIBA Architect for non-UK/EU degree holders

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Are you a non-UK/EU degree qualified architecture professional living in the UK? If you would like to register as an Architect here, then you must qualify the three part structure defined by the Architects Registration Board (ARB)- Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Lets begin!

ARB (Architects Registration Board) and RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) are the two organisations that you must familiarise with as an architecture professional in the UK. While ARB maintains the register of Architects and regulates the profession, RIBA is the professional body (Charter) of architects in UK. You can become a member of RIBA under…

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Sustainability and Carbon Capture

The built environment could become clean and head towards TRUE emission neutrality (ZNE buildings) adopting Circular Economy measures.

Built environment and construction are responsible for releasing large amounts of global greenhouse gas (CO2eq) that alter our ecosystem by increasing global temperatures. The global outcry for sustainability has required a radical shift in design thinking from architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) businesses to develop truly sustainable projects. Various organisations have thus declared support towards the net-zero economy vision, although having not completely stated how it intends to achieve it. Under these circumstances, the market trends are shifting and a new model for business is in development — the circular systems. This article investigates ways in which the construction sector…

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The course of my unemployment, encounters with ‘The Salary Taboo’, and lessons learnt as an architectural job seeker

Coming to London after having worked almost 7 years in India, I ran into some glitches finding a job and getting my career straight. I turned to my friends, recruiters, as well as the ‘student help centre’ to help me identify my next move and to plan for life after my degree. Here is how the story unfolds.

In the Fall of 2017, I had just moved to London to pursue a Masters degree. It was a 12-month intensive course at one of the top universities in the world- University College London. Immediately I found myself amidst a cohort from…

Sustainability and Carbon Capture

The AEC sectors inevitable path towards Carbon Offsets

The Global Problem Defined: Fighting climate change is on the agenda of every entity’s ‘2020 action plan’. There is enormous pressure on various sectors alike to deliver on the Paris Agreements either through technological innovation or by structuring their business to combat climate change. Yet construction, one of the heavily polluting sectors, might not be adequately addressing the issue. Numerous design and engineering practices have made clear of their ambition towards Zero Net Emission (ZNE) in their project’s operations (called operational emissions) while neglecting the material, procurement, and construction emission (called embodied emissions). Nevertheless, in order to fulfil this ambition…

Architectonics and Data Science

Post 4: Using QGIS, and Grasshopper plugins — Heron and Elk

Understanding the site and topography are crucial first step of any architectural project. Site modelling can become very daunting, expensive, or just cumbersome, often having to use various software to just grasp a general awareness of the site. I found the most efficient method using QGIS and Rhino Grasshopper to cover most of my analysis, such as contour mapping, wind flow, solar radiation, sun path and shadow, natural topography, and so on. I also want to control these various analysis parametrically in one software. …

Architectonics and Data Science

Post 3: Scouting a brief and preparing work packages

A design process is unique to an individual. Considering at this point you have a concept to develop, how would you approach your project in Grasshopper?

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Project packages and setting milestones

Leading a comprehensive architectural project by setting work packages helps structure your ideas, identify important tasks, and schedule a timeframe for each item.

The design brief of this experimental project requires 7 departments of veterinary science to be planned for in an area of around 100 Hectares, while also accommodating areas for farming, grazing of livestock, housing for students and staff, communal spaces, and so on. …

Post 2: The design challenge

Impressions of co-existing ecosystems overlayed on Leg-o-mutton nature reserve, London. © Aditya Vinod-Buchinger

Delivering education amidst widespread contagion and global climate crisis

The architecture of educational spaces needs an agile innovation much like any other architectural space, but more so importantly. Education, unlike other forms of public gathering, is one where young minds are nurtured and imparted with knowledge, continuing their intellectual and emotional development to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Spaces that encapsulate education are therefore catalysts for the development of modern life, becoming instrumental to our society. They are required to function uninterruptedly.

In light of COVID-19, the rigidity of architecture failed to accommodate an alternative. Resorting to the digital realm to support continued knowledge transfer has only further aggravated…

Aditya Vinod Buchinger

Architect | Climate actionist | Founder & Editor of Architectonics — a publication and knowledge sharing group opening up on sustainability in built environment

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