Ecological Architecture Certificate (EARC)
The Ecological Architecture Certificate (EARC) provides an opportunity for students enrolled in the Masters of Architecture or other graduate degree programs to gain expertise in ecological design. It is a flexible degree based on two required courses and a selection of three designated electives, which include programs from departments and schools across the University.
- Required Courses 2.0 CU
- ARCH751 Ecological, Technology, and Design 1.0
- ARCH734 Ecological Architecture: Contemporary Practices 1.0
- Elective Courses 3.0 CU
- ARCH632 Performance and Design: Parametric Integration 1.0
- ARCH632 Constructing Technologies Integrating Matter 1.0
- ARCH632 Daylighting 1.0
- ARCH638 Building Skins 0.5
- ARCH638 Six Facts, Six Scales 0.5
- ARCH638 Lighting 0.5
- ARCH638 Building Envelopes 0.5
- ARCH712 Cultural Ecology :Roots of Green Building 1.0
- ARCH752 Building Systems Integration 1.0
- ARCH753 Building Performance Simulation 1.0
- ARCH754 Performance Design 1.0
- ARCH755 Sustainability "101" 1.0
- ARCH756 Policy and Design: Next Generation Codes 1.0
- HSPV516 Building Diagnostics 1.0
- HSPV51 Building Pathology 1.0
- LARP760 Topics in Eco Design: Restoration Ecology 1.0
- LARP760 Topics in Eco Design: Green Roof Systems 1.0
- EAS501 Energy & its Impacts 1.0
- EAS502 Renewable Energy & its Impacts 1.0
- EAS503 Energy Systems & Policy 1.0
- EAS505 Climate Policy & Technology 1.0
- CPLN641 Progressive Development 1.0
- CPLN531 Introduction to Environmental Planning & Policy 1.0
- ENVS494 Toward Env. Sustainability on Penn Campus
- LGST 815 Environmental Management Law and Policy
- See https://www.design.upenn.edu/all-degrees-certificates/ecological-architecture-certificate
ARCH 632, 638, & 732 courses have ARCH 533 & 534 (or equivalent) as a pre-requisite. See Director or instructor for exemptions based on equivalent studies.
LARP workshop 612 M2 has limited enrollment for non-LARP major.
ARCH 632, 638, & LARP 760 can involve a variety of courses, offered on a rotating and occasional basis. The director will identify suitable electives for each school year.
Courses required for a student’s main degree may not be counted toward the certificate.
Designated electives can change each year.
Environmental Building Design Certificate (EBDC)
The Environmental Building Design Certificate (EBDC) provides an opportunity for students enrolled in the Masters of Architecture to complete most of the required courses for the MEBD degree and to participate in the Bioclimatic Studio in the final semester of their degree. It is a very focused program allowing MArch students to dedicate the third year of their studies to Environmental Building Design.
based on two required courses and a selection of three designated electives, which include programs from departments and schools across the University.
The certificate in Environmental Building Design is open to students enrolled in the Master of Architecture program only. The students will take 4 CUs of required courses and 2 CUs in a jointly counted studio. Students in the Master of Architecture degree would be eligible to apply for the Certificate in Environmental Building Design after they arrive at Penn, allowing them to join the program in their 700 year with the incoming cohort of MEBD students in the 752 and 708 sequence. The other courses, 751, 753 and 754 can be taken by M.Arch. students independently of their acceptance into the certificate. Applicants to the certificate should submit a one-page essay explaining their interest in environmental building design along with a Weitzman School certificate application and copy of their PennInTouch transcript.
- Required Courses 6.0 CU
- ARCH7510 Ecology, Technology and Design (Fall) 1.0
- ARCH7530 Building Performance Simulation (Fall) 1.0
- ARCH7540 Performance Design Workshop (Spring) 1.0
- ARCH7080 MEBD Design Studio (Spring) 2.0
The three seminar courses replace 4 open electives, leaving students one open elective and two optional electives, while the ARCH 708 studio is taken in lieu of the ARCH 704 Design Studio
Strongly recommend that students audit ARCH7520 MEBD Research Seminar (Fall) 1.0
Executive Education in Design for Sustainability
For professionals unable to pursue a full-time degree, we offer an online, cohort-based, Executive Education program in Design for Sustainability (xds.design.upenn.edu/xds).
The program is created specifically for built environment professionals seeking to elevate their career and increase their design impact by building competency in the technically demanding aspects of designing high performing environmental buildings.
Designed to fit into your busy schedule, this 7-month program features self-paced online learning interspersed with live online meetings with your instructors and a community of curious and motivated design professionals. Gain the high-level skills you need to advance your career without leaving your job and without the cost and time of a full master's degree.
Taught by world class professors from Penn and by industry leaders, you will learn by doing, with coaching from experts along the way. At our live one-day XDS Summit, you will form closer connections with your colleagues, participate in thought provoking discussions, and learn about future trends in sustainable design.
Begin your journey to becoming a leader in design for sustainability now!