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.

Required Courses
ARCH 734Ecological Architecture - Contemporary Practices1
ARCH 751Ecology, Technology, and Design1
Elective Courses 1
Select 3 course units from the following:3
Topics in Architecture Theory II
Technology Designated Elective
Building Performance Simulation
Performance Design Workshop
Introduction to Environmental Planning & Policy
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

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.