Master of Science in Architecture - High Performance Building

Program of Study

The Master of Science in Architecture with a concentration in High Performance Buildings is focused around the use of building physics and building technology for sustainable architectural design. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of the energy performance and environmental impacts of buildings, as well as on the integration of these metrics in the development of innovative architecture. The program is founded on a first-principles approach to building physics, envelope design, modeling and analysis, life-cycle assessment, applied simulation, AEC Integration, and critical ecological thinking.

The program is structured so that students with a professional degree in architecture, architectural engineering, or mechanical engineering can complete the MS degree in one year.

The program has been developed to address the need for architecture firms and integrated practices to have “in-house” experts on building technology to judge the impact of architectural design decisions on building performance at the early stages of design. These green building practitioners will be able to oversee the engineering and detailing of the building at later stages of the design process to ensure that performance targets are documented and fulfilled. Graduates of the program will be able to co-engineer and integrate novel building technologies into buildings.

Required Courses:
ARCH 6226Green Construction3
ARCH 6242Building Physics Modeling3
ARCH 7103Integrated Building Systems III3
ARCH 6209Building Enclosure: A Tectonic Element3
ARCH 6731Zero Energy House3
ARCH 6241Building Simulation in Design Practice3
Design + Research Studio 1
Design + Research Studio 2
ARCH 8833
Special Topics in Architectural Technology 1
Master's Thesis
Faculty Guided Electives
Total Credit Hours30