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.

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A total of 15 course units are required.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCourse Units
ARCH 7510 Ecology, Technology, and Design 1
ARCH 7520 EBD Research Seminar 1
ARCH 7530 Building Performance Simulation 1
Select 2 Designated Electives 2
 Course Units5.00
ARCH 7080 Bioclimatic Design Studio 2
ARCH 7180 History and Theory of Architecture and Climate 1
Select 2 Designated Electives 2
 Course Units5.00
Second Year
ARCH 7090 Environmental Building Design Research Studio 2
ARCH 7540 Performance Design Workshop 1
ARCH 7550 Environmental Innovation and Prototyping 1
Designated Elective 1
 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 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.