MS in Sustainable Design

University of Texas at Austin

Date Posted: Feb. 25, 2016
Submitted by: Monika Urbanski
Sustainability Topics: Curriculum, Buildings
Content Type: Academic Programs
Disciplines: Architecture, Design
Program Type: Master's Degree
Distance: Local Only
Commitment: Both


The MSSD, or Master of Science in Sustainable Design program, is designed for students who wish to prepare for the PhD or for employment in research, activism, or public policy. The program as a whole integrates three areas of inquiry related to the built environment - natural systems, building systems, and cultural systems. The study of natural systems relies upon the disciplines of physics and ecology as they relate to architecture. The study of building systems includes investigation of those component technologies that are required to construct environmentally responsive architecture. The study of cultural systems requires that natural and building systems be investigated within the complex social and political context of architectural practice. In sum, the Sustainable Design Program is practical, technical, and philosophical in scope.

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