Ecological Architecture, Certificate

The goal of the Certificate in Ecological Architecture is to enable students to critically engage in performance-based design, using innovative techniques and exploring new possibilities. It introduces students to the range of approaches in the required courses of the Certificate, and then allows them to pursue different emphases through a selection of elective courses. The use of design to achieve environmental health and well-being involves the acquisition of basic analytical skills and tools, a broad understanding of the dynamic interaction among the natural, technological, and cultural environments, and the study of techniques of immediate use to designers.


A total of 5 course units are required to complete the Certificate program (2 course units of required courses and 3 course units of elective courses). At least one of the elective course units must be taken outside the student's home department. Dual-degree students are excluded from the requirement to take an elective outside their home department. Courses that fulfill a requirement in the student's main degree program may not be counted towards the certificate unless they are fulfilling an elective in the main degree program.

Required Courses
ARCH 7340Ecological Architecture - Contemporary Practices1
ARCH 7510Ecology, Technology, and Design1
Elective Courses 1
Select 3 course units from the following:3
Topics in Architecture Theory II 2
Technology Designated Elective 2
Building Performance Simulation
Performance Design Workshop
Sustainability and Environmental Planning
Progressive Development
Topics in Historic Preservation
Sustainable Cities
Energy and its Impacts: Technology, Environment, Economics, Sustainability.
Renewable Energy and Its Impacts: Technology, Environment, Economics, Sustainability
Energy Systems and Policy
Climate Policy and Technology
Electricity and Systems Markets
Life Cycle Assessment
Topics in Ecological Design
Environmental Management: Law and Policy
Total Course Units5

Alternative elective courses must be approved in writing by the director of the certificate program and submitted to the Weitzman School of Design Office of Student Services.


Topics courses change each year, and students should check with the certificate director before registering for a topics course to ensure that it is appropriate for the certificate.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2024 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.