Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou speaks at Asia-Pacific Energy Sustainable Development Forum

Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou recently attended the fifth Asia-Pacific Energy Sustainable Development Forum, for the fifth anniversary celebration event of APSEC, held in Tianjin on 18-20 September. The forum was organised by APEC Sustainable Energy Centre under the guidance of Tianjin University and National Energy Administration China.

Professor Nikolopoulou presented the recent work on the Urban Albedo project, with a talk titled, ‘Developing an urban albedo calculator: an empirical model to predict changes in relation to urban fabric and solar altitude in London’. Urban albedo, the capacity of urban surfaces to reflect solar radiation, is one of the most important contributors to changes in outdoor temperature, intensifying the urban heat island phenomenon, where temperatures in urban centres are higher than the surrounding rural environs.

In addition to attending the conference in Tianjin, Professor Nikolopoulou also represented the University of Kent at the EIC Fair in Tianjin, and visited schools and agents in Beijing as part of her trip to China.

Booking now open for ‘Architecture at Kent’ Day

Booking is now open for our upcoming ‘Architecture at Kent’ day taking place on Saturday 9th November 2019 from 10am – 4pm.

This day is designed for students who are interested in studying architecture at Kent School of Architecture and Planning, and will give a snap-shot of what life is like as an architecture student.

There will be lectures and workshops, and lunch will be provided so if you have any special dietary requirements, please ensure that you mention this on your booking form. If you have any queries regarding the event, please email

Spaces are limited, so make sure you book online to reserve your space.

Steve Quartermain CBE to celebrate launch of MA Urban Planning and Resilience

To celebrate the launch of our new MA Urban Planning and Resilience course, Steve Quartermain CBE, the Chief Planner at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, is coming to the University of Kent to meet with students on the new masters programme, and to talk about the latest developments in policies in planning.

Steve began his career as a trainee planner having studied geography at Durham University. He took a postgraduate qualification and subsequently became an RTPI member in 1982. His early career was mostly in Development Management in Epping Forest and Dartford, before he moved to Yorkshire to take on the role of Head of Development Control, and in 1988 he was made Head of Planning.

The event is open to all current students, and all who are interested in studying on the new MA Urban Planning and Resilience programme, and will take place on Wednesday 21 November from 10.00 – 11.30 in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1. If you have any queries about this event, or would like to find out more, please email

MArch Open Afternoons 2017/18

Kent School of Architecture are hosting a series of MArch Open Afternoons (2pm – 4pm) in Studio C, Marlowe Building on the Canterbury campus.

If you are interested in studying on the MArch programme, and would like to find out more information about the course structure, unit system, entry requirements and would like an opportunity to speak with the MArch programme director, Michael Richards, along with current students and unit leaders, then please choose from one of the following dates below to attend:

  • Tuesday 12 December 2017, 2pm – 4pm, Studio C
  • Tuesday 27 February 2018, 2pm – 4pm, Studio C
  • Wednesday 4 April 2018, 2pm – 4pm, Studio C
  • Wednesday 20 June 2018, 2pm – 4pm, Studio C

If you would like to attend, or have any queries about the MArch course, please email for online booking information.