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 that adds an additional, research-oriented semester to the professionally oriented MEBD degree. It is designed for architects seeking to develop new approaches to environmental design. A wider range of skills, which are tested through experiment and validation, are required to achieve real innovation in this rapidly changing field. The challenge for architects is to operate between the synthetic activities of design and the analytic procedures of research. The EBD Research studio develops and tests physical prototypes of buildings and components as part of an iterative design process.


For more information: https://www.design.upenn.edu/architecture/graduate/master-environmental-building-design-mebd

Curriculum

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
Spring
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
Fall
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 2021 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.