Ecological Architecture Certificate

University of Pennsylvania

Date Posted: Sept. 27, 2018
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Discipline: Architecture
Program Type: Graduate Certificate/Diploma


The Department of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania offers a certificate program in Ecological Architecture that provides an opportunity for students enrolled in the Masters of Architecture or other degree programs to gain expertise in ecological design. The Certificate program also offers practicing professionals the opportunity to pursue specialized training.

The basic goal of the certificate in ecological architecture is to help students develop an understanding of the dynamic interaction between the natural and built environments, and to introduce performance based techniques for operating in that interaction. Ecological design can involve many different kinds and scales of practice, from landscapes to products, and draws on many fields of expertise. In its broadest form it is open, contingent, historical (non-reversible), and organic to its environments.

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