Miss Elena Marco

About me

Elena Marco is an architect and educator who built a strong profile in sustainable design at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios working on many pioneering and award winning projects, some as part of Europe-wide research initiatives. Now in academia she continues to develop her research interests which focus on the cross-over between health, sustainability and architecture. 
 
"I passionately believe that the profession needs Architects who take a holistic view of sustainability, who embed the concepts into their designs rather than simply adding them as an afterthought. My research with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments has leveraged the links between health and architecture to be a driver for sustainability.  I also incorporate this research in my teaching to make sure the next generation of architects have the skills necessary to push sustainable design up the agenda.”
 
Externally, Elena has acted as a consultant on the Advisory Board Panel as part of the Environmental Design in University Curricula & Architectural Training in Europe (EDUCATE) project and currently has memberships of the RIBA New Courses Group, the RIBA Validation Panel and SCHOSA.
 

Area of expertise

Elena’s main area of expertise is the symbiosis between architecture, health and sustainability.  She has been a Principal Investigator on research projects exploring “Space in the Sustainable & Healthy Home” and “Sustainable Behaviours in the Home”, as well as a CEBE funded Learning & Teaching project on “Introducing Health as a Driver for Sustainability in the Architectural Curriculum” which was identified by UKRC as one of their “Big ideas for the future”.
 
She has experience of successfully engaging communities in live research projects.  The direction of her future research is likely to involve exploring how clutter, consumerism and utilitarian objects can influence sustainable behaviour.
 

My Publications