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.
|ARCH 7340||Ecological Architecture - Contemporary Practices||1|
|ARCH 7510||Ecology, Technology, and Design||1|
|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|
|Topics in Historic Preservation|
|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 Units||5|
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 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.