A principal sustainability consultant with Hilson Moran, Marie-Louise Schembri, has been named as one of Building magazine's 2015 top 50 rising stars of sustainability.
Marie-Louise Schembri, who is from Malta, started out as an architect, but took a post-graduate in environmental design and engineering after developing a strong interest in sustainability. One of the projects she is working on is the regeneration of the Royal Albert Dock, by London City Airport.
Marie-Louise said: "I am honoured to be listed amongst the 2015 rising stars in Sustainability. Sustainability is a true passion of mine and it is great to work at Hilson Moran and be involved in ensuring developments in London are being future-proofed with sustainability initiatives."
Building magazine went on to ask Marie-Louise some questions as part of the Rising Star article:
Have you been impressed by the government’s record on sustainability?
“The good news is we have continued on the road to zero carbon and the momentum hasn’t stopped. What’s perhaps disappointing is the lack of vision for the non-residential sector on zero carbon. We have a decent idea on what zero carbon will probably look like in the residential sector but on non-residential, we are just guessing.
“I would also like to see a realignment of priorities in terms of a decarbonised energy grid, making real investments for cyclists and improving air quality for pedestrians.
“We have come a long way and it doesn’t look like it can stop. We know how to do it and we are ahead of time in terms of what is expected, so there are no excuses for turning back. We are on the right track.”
What’s your key message for your peers?
“It’s time for people to think in a more interdisciplinary way, for architects to think more like engineers and for engineers to think more like architects . We need to break down barriers between different
This year’s top 50 list was compiled by leading figures in the sustainability sector, as well as past rising star members and Ecobuild speakers. It recognises individuals under the age of 40 that have been making waves in sustainability.