Architecture, MEBD

The Master in Environmental Building Design (MEBD) is a professionally oriented, two-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 program culminates in a Bioclimatic Design Studio that explore the limits of architectural design for climate and its integration with innovative mechanical systems.

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A total of 10 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 (or Designated Elective) 1
ARCH 7540 Performance Design Workshop 1
Select 1 Designated Elective 1
 Course Units5.00
 Total Course Units10.00

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.