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MS ARCH in Sustainable Design

The Master of Science in Architecture with a concentration in Sustainable Design [MS ARCH in Sustainable Design] is an advanced post-professional degree for students concentrated on the research and design of sustainable design at multiple scales—ranging from energy-efficient buildings, to better neighborhood design, and smart growth. 

Before air-conditioning became ubiquitous, designing with the local climate in mind was not a virtue, but a necessity.  Passive design—taking advantage of the cyclical nature of the sun and maximizing natural ventilation—was widely practiced centuries before that phrase was coined.  In the years since the World Commission on Environment and Development defined sustainability as “meeting today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” we have come to better understand that technological innovations can present both problems and solutions.  Taking advantage of being located in Houston, the world’s energy capital, our program works closely with the UH Energy research group where academics collaborate with industry on multi-disciplinary projects to promote a better built environment.

MS ARCH in Sustainable Design

 The Master of Science in Architecture with a concentration in Sustainable Design degree is a design-based program centered on the studio, for students already possessing a professional degree in architecture, urban planning, urban design, landscape architecture, or related design fields. It integrates aspects of sustainability, building science, design technology, architectural history and precedent, urban design, planning, and environmental thinking within the context of the design studio, in order to provide new methodologies for envisioning sustainable design. The program prepares students for design-based research and professional practice at the cutting edge of sustainable design. The two semester program consists of 36 academic credits in consecutive Fall and Spring sessions.

SAMPLE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ARCHITECTURE WITH A CONCENTRATION IN SUSTAINABLE DESIGN CURRICULUM

Semester 1 — Fall Core

 

Topical Design Studio (7600)

6 Units

Master Project Prep (6393)

3 Units

Elective

3 Units

Elective

3 Units

Elective

3 Units

Fall Total:​​​​​

18 Units

Semester 2 — Spring Core

 

Advanced Master Project Studio

6 Units

Elective

3 Units

Elective

3 Units

Elective

3 Units

Elective

3 Units

Spring Total:​​​​​

18 Units

Total Degree Requirements:​​​  

36 Units