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Department of Architecture


Final year apprentice Eleanor Lee, who works at GSSArchitecture in Yorkshire, has been appointed as the SKA Assessor for the practice, having successfully completed her SKA training and assessment modules earlier this year.

SKA is the name of the rating tool approved by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for assessing the environmental performance of refurbishment and retrofit projects, with the goal of reducing energy and operating costs, alongside improving occupier engagement and wellbeing. All design projects on our apprenticeship MSt track/route provide our apprentices with a high level of awareness of the importance of environmentally sustainable design.

Jonathan Hunter, Partner at GSS, said, ‘We are proud to have Eleanor as part of our team and our clients are already benefitting from the skills she has gained from the SKA Assessment training.’

Eleanor said, ‘When 80% of buildings which will be occupied in 2050 already exist, it’s becoming increasingly important that we review and improve existing buildings. Having interacted with the SKA Assessment from the designer’s perspective, it’s inspiring to see an assessment methodology encourage realistic steps towards sustainability, in a way that works with designers, clients, and contractors alike. I’m really pleased to have had this opportunity and I’m excited to take this forward in future projects.’

Eleanor and Jonathan will shortly be appearing in the course’s next video.