An advanced, three semester Master of Science in Design with an emphasis in Environmental Building Design (MSD-EBD) for architects seeking new skills and competitive advantage in the growing field of sustainable design.
With the renewed urgency of environmental issues-from global climate change to resource shortages and "net-zero" design-architects are faced with demands for new kinds of services that require a new kind of professional. LEED accreditation is only a start, helping designers utilize existing technologies, but a wider range of skills is required to achieve real innovation and to meet the needs of clients in this rapidly changing field. New building design, renovation of existing buildings, and environmental analysis at many scales are critical aspects of comprehensive environmental design. The challenge to architects is to operate at scales greater and smaller than that of the building, requiring the understanding of the chemistry of materials as well as consideration of the impact of whole populations of buildings on their local, regional, and global ecosystems.
The MSD in Environmental Building Design is a specialized, post-professional degree developed to train architects in the new skills and knowledge required for environmental design and especially in the design techniques with which those skills must be integrated into the practice of architecture. The one-year course of study includes coursework on building performance simulation, integrated building design, building envelopes and systems, lighting, daylighting, and the theory and practice of environmental design. Coursework is complemented and extended by a Performance Design Workshop and then explored in depth in an intensive Environmental Design Studio in the early summer.
The Department of Architecture at Penn has gathered a remarkable team of experts to teach in the program. The MSD-EBD operates in close coordination with the Center for Environmental Building & Design, drawing on the expertise of faculty engaged in research at the center and providing case studies and research projects for students in the MSD-EBD.
The MSD-EBD curriculum has five required courses, two design studios, a selection of four designated electives, and four open electives. The structure of the curriculum is outlined in the chart below.
The sequence of required courses develops from broad principles and simulation skills in the first semester to integration of those skills in a Performance Workshop and Bioclimactic Design Studio in the second semester, and culminates in an EBD Research Studio in the third semester. Designated electives support the required sequence with more detailed explorations of environmental technologies at different scales, from building components to urban development. Open electives allow students to explore courses outside of the program that extend or complement their studies.
Semester 1, Fall
Ecology, Technology, and Design
MEBD Research Seminar
Building Performance Simulation
Designated Elective I
Designated Elective II
Semester 2, Spring
Performance Design Workshop
Bioclimatic Design Studio
Designated Elective III
Designated Elective IV
CPT Intership (Optional)
Semester 3, Fall
EBD Research Studio
History & Theory of Arch & Climate
Required & Elective Courses
Dr. William W. Braham, FAIA