How It Works
8-12 hours per week
3 - 6 months
You will develop critical soft skills such as team building, ethics, inclusion, and conflict resolution that are essential to creating and operating a building that is truly sustainable. By sharing common mistakes and how to avoid them, this micro-credential has the potential to save the AEC Industry millions of dollars every year and significantly reduce the carbon footprint.
- Trades people
Dr. Douglas MacLeod, FRAIC
Over the last 30 years, Dr. Douglas MacLeod, FRAIC, has been creating visionary projects that have transformed the arts, architecture and education - from pioneering work in virtual reality at the Banff Centre to eduSourceCanada, the country’s largest e-learning initiative to date. A registered architect, he is currently the Chair of the Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University – an online program that has quickly grown to be one of the largest and most innovative in the world. MacLeod is also a contributing editor to Canadian Architect Magazine and the former Executive Director of the Canadian Design Research Network. He is also a former Associate with Barton Myers Associates, Los Angeles.
Trevor Butler, P.Eng C.Eng
Trevor Butler is an Assistant Professor at the RAIC Centre for Architecture within the Faculty of Science and Technology at Athabasca University. He specializes in regenerative design and technology in relation to the built and natural environments. His recent achievements at AU have included curriculum development utilizing Artificial Intelligence in the Energy Efficiency micro-credential for regenerative design.
As part of his ongoing research, Trevor has published peer-reviewed papers at International Conferences related to passive cooling, infection control of airborne viruses and zero carbon buildings.
Veronica Madonna, OAA, FRAIC, M.Arch., B.E.D.S., B.Arch.Sc
Veronica Madonna is a registered architect and Assistant Professor at the RAIC Centre for Architecture within the Faculty of Science and Technology at Athabasca University. She is an award-winning architect with nearly 20 years of professional experience leading innovative and sustainable building designs across Canada. Veronica is licensed with the Ontario Association of Architects and is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. She is a fellow of the WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) Planet program and she is developing a LEAP (Leadership Equity Action Plan) project focusing on the advancement of equitable opportunities for women in STEM industries.
At the centre of her practice and research are considerations for regenerative design and communities, mass timber advancements in construction and equity-centred design practice and education. Veronica was the Principal Architect on two highly sustainable buildings design, The Arbour, a Ten-Storey, Mass Timber, Net-Zero Carbon building for George Brown College and the Honey Bee Research Centre. Both projects received international recognition for design excellence and sustainable innovations.
Henry Tsang, OAQ, MRAIC, LEED GA, WELL AP
Dr. Henry Tsang is an award-winning architect and assistant professor in the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University. His design, teaching and research work explores the intersections between sustainability, health, and culture in the built environment. His projects include the design of a new zero-carbon building for the Calgary Japanese Community Centre. His research is published globally, and he has also been invited to speak at major international conferences, including the United Nations, TEDx, the Bow Valley Sustainable Building Summit, as well as universities worldwide. He has also held a professorship at Keimyung University in South Korea, and the directorship of the Sustainable Architectural Technology program at Herzing College. Tsang has practiced professionally with design firms in Montreal and Tokyo before founding his practice Henry Tsang Architect in Calgary. He is the recipient of the 2020 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence, and two 2021 Construction Canada Emerging Leader Awards.
Is this an instructor-led certificate?
The courses within this certificate are designed to be self-paced with all materials you need for successful completion contained within the learning platform. The certificate has been designed by subject matter experts and each course includes interviews with leading experts, aligned to the course outcomes. The certificate is an immersive experience that includes a mix of content including video introductions and video content, impactful readings, learning checks, and interactive elements – all which can be completed at your own pace.
How much time will I need to spend?
Each course is structured to be completed at your own pace over a two-week period. You will be spending approximately 8 – 12 hours of time per week on content. Should you need more time, the learning environment may be available for 30 days to complete each course. You can complete all of the courses within 3 – 6 months to earn your certificate.
Do I have to be online at a certain time of day?
No, you do not have to be online at a specific time. You complete the coursework at the times and places that fits your schedule. Each course is designed for working professionals who are balancing their work, family and community commitments.
When do I start?
You can start your first course as soon as you register for the certificate! You will automatically be directed to the interactive learning environment.
How long will I have access to my courses?
You will have 30 days from the time of registration to complete each course. It is recommended to complete the course in two weeks.
What will I receive after I complete all of my courses?
You will receive a digital certificate of completion that is downloadable and printable. Digital badges are also awarded for specific achievements throughout the certificate.
What is the refund policy?
No refunds will be issued for the certificate. Refunds may be considered under exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Are there tests or quizzes involved?
There will be activities, assignments, and short quizzes within each course to ensure you understand the content. All quizzes are designed to be accessible and easy to complete by engaging in the content. Within each module, you will have the answers to each evaluation.
What are the computer requirements for this certificate?
You should have access to a Mac, PC, or tablet with an Internet connection, with Safari, Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Firefox as a browser. Here is a link that outlines browser support:
For virtual sessions:
- Web camera and microphone
Learners that want to use their smart phone to access the courses can also download the D2L Pulse App for free to access the course available on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.d2l.brightspace.student.android&hl=en_CA
Or the Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/brightspace-pulse/id1001688546
Does this certificate have prerequisites?
This certificate does not have a required prerequisite.
Who do I contact if I need help?
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