Architecture: Environmental Building Design, MSD

The Master of Science in Design with a concentration in Environmental Building Design (MSD-EBD) is an advanced, three-semester, post-professional degree designed for architects seeking new skills and competitive advantage in the growing field of sustainable design.  With the renewed urgency of environmental issues—from global climate change to "net-zero" design—architects are faced with demands for new kinds of services that require a new kind of professional. LEED accreditation is a start, helping designers utilize existing technologies, but a wider range of skills is required to achieve real innovation and to meet the needs of clients in this rapidly changing field. New building design, renovation of existing buildings, and environmental analysis at many scales are critical aspects of comprehensive environmental design. The challenge to architects is to operate at scales greater and smaller than that of the building, requiring the understanding of the chemistry of materials as well as consideration of the impact of whole populations of buildings on their local, regional, and global ecosystems.  


A total of 15 course units are required.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCourse Units
ARCH 751 Ecology, Technology, and Design 1
ARCH 752 EBD Research Seminar 1
ARCH 753 Building Performance Simulation 1
Select 2 Designated Electives 2
 Course Units5.00
ARCH 708 Bioclimatic Design Studio 2
ARCH 718 History and Theory of Architecture and Climate 1
Select 2 Designated Electives 2
 Course Units5.00
Second Year
ARCH 709 Environmental Building Design Research Studio 2
ARCH 754 Performance Design Workshop 1
Select 2 electives 2
 Course Units5.00
 Total Course Units15.00

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.