The RESTORE Training School: Regenerative Buildings will be held between 11 and 15 October 2021 at the University of Malta.

The RESTORE Training School is organised by the Department of Environmental Design at the Faculty for the Built Environment of the University of Malta (UM) and LIVING FUTURE EUROPE and consist of a workshop from 11 to 14 October and a one-day seminar on 15 October.

Regenerative design is about thinking ahead. Architects, engineers, manufacturers must design with the future in mind, every step of the way. We need to switch from sustainable design to circular economy in architecture, to regenerative design.

Sustainably designed buildings are based on the concept of only using the minimum resources needed, regenerative buildings are designed and operated to reverse damage and have a net-positive impact on the environment such as the Valletta City Gate by RPBW where energy use and environmental considerations have been principal components in the design of this building.

The workshop will highlight the current state-of-the-art regenerative buildings, indoor environmental quality and the business case for health and wellbeing in buildings, that RESTORE, a 4-year Horizon funded project, has been focusing on.

The aim of the workshop is to deliver hands-on training for Architects and Engineers and apply these concepts in real case studies to propose feasibility studies and buildings retrofitting strategies that enhance people’s health and wellbeing.

Amongst the RESTORE Training school experts such as tutors Martin Brown,( provocateur and consultant, founder of Fairsnape) Emanuele Naboni (Associate Professor at the University of Parma), Giulia Peretti ( consultant and ESG – Environmental Social Governance manager) and Carlo Battisti (European Executive Director for the International Living Future Institute and now President at Living Future Europe).

With the help of RESTORE Trainers, participants will be divided into multidisciplinary groups to work on an assigned case study.

Morning lectures will focus on each of the topics covered during the 4-year project RESTORE with the keynote speeches of Arch.Civ.Eng Luca Caruso (University of Malta – Medmeup), Eng. Abigail Cutajar (Advisor to the Minister at Ministry for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development), Land.Arch. Antoine Gatt (Project Manager ‘LifeMedGreenRoof Project’ at University of Malta), Arch. Civil Eng. Amber Wismayer (KTP), Prof. Civil.Eng. Ruben Paul Borg (Associate Professor at the University of Malta), Dr.Eng. Daniel Micallef (University of Malta) Dr. Eng. Simon Borg (University of Malta) and Stefano Moncada (Senior Lecturer & Researcher at University of Malta), Dr.Eng. Charles Yousif (Secretary General, Malta Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies Association M.E.E.R.E.A.), Caldon Mercieca (Valletta Design Cluster).

The one-day seminar, on 15 October 2021, will introduce the whole concept of regenerative and will open a debate with local experts to identify Malta’s standpoint in terms of success stories, exemplar buildings, laws, policies for the built environment with the aim to support decision-makers.

The project proposals together with the gap analysis will be presented as seminar proceedings and shared with policy-makers, NGO’s and stakeholders.

  • The workshop is open to Master Students, M.Sc. graduates and professionals in the fields of and engineering (up to 45 years old).
  • The seminar is open to anyone interested in attending (see participation fee details)
  • Early bird registration is up to 31 August at 12:00 noon.

Get to know all the details on the RESTORE Training School at the official website



Cover image: Valletta City Gate by RPBW | Photography: Michel Denancé