Aleksandra Sasha Krstanovic
Founder mstep, London
In 2020 Sasha founded mstep, an environmental engineering design and advisory consultancy focused on decarbonizing the built environment.
A Fellow of both Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), Sasha’s focus is on low energy and zero carbon building design and in recognition of this she has recently been named the Building Performance Engineer of the Year 2021 by CIBSE.
Sasha is a Board member and a trustee of the Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF) responsible for looking at improving the building performance across HE Sector and she is a steering group member and director of the Equilibrium Network: an international multidisciplinary network enabling women to have equal influence in the design and delivery of built environment.
She is a member of the CIBSE/HPA WSHP Code of Practice steering committee and a contributor to the CIBSE Guide L – Sustainability.
Building on her interest in inter-disciplinary working, she has lectured at the University of Reading, about Intelligent Buildings, and been a part time Tutor at the University of Nottingham’s School of Architecture.
Her passion for design, deep knowledge and collaborative approach enables her to bring the best out of multidisciplinary teams , demonstrated by delivering some of the world’s most sustainable buildings from the Apex in Bury St. Edmunds and Energy Technologies Building in Nottingham, which is the world’s first zero Carbon laboratory, to the Early Learning Village a very low energy super school in Singapore, and Kula Belgrade the future tallest tower in South East Europe.
The pinnacle of Sasha’s professional journey to this point is the United Nation Office in Geneva (UNOG), an international heritage icon currently undergoing the transformation into a 21st Century conference center and the operational heart for of the United Nations in Europe.
In her own words: “Built environment is where we spend most of our lives and it has to perform well and be responsible towards the resources. We need to work together across the disciplines and localities and collaborate openly and willingly if we are going to reduce and reverse our impact on our environment – and I know we can do it”.