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Architecture (MS) - Design and Energy Conservation

Degree or Minor: 
Graduate Degree
UA College: 
Arch, Planning, & Landscape Arch
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Program/Degree

Architecture (MS) - Design and Energy Conservation 

Program Description

The Graduate Program in Design and Energy Conservation is aimed at advanced understanding of the theory and principles relating to design, energy conservation, and research methods applicable in different climatic regions throughout the world. The developed methodologies include climate responsive, energy conservation, passive solar, natural ventilation, and Net-Zero energy design applicable throughout the world. Research activities include development of site survey methods, field test instruments, and new computer programs for specialized research methods and energy systems.

The goal of the program is to expand the breadth of technical expertise available to architects and increase the range of job opportunities across private, public and academic arenas. This is achieved by incorporating research on the built environment and sustainability in design specialization.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

School of Architecture - http://capla.arizona.edu/

The School of Architecture is devoted to professional education with a sensibility honed in the edge conditions of an extreme climate on a major international border. Located in the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the United States, the School combines a culturally rich past with cutting-edge environmental research in its place-based design approach to the arid environment.

The making of architecture is a sensible technical and aesthetic activity that serves the needs of human shelter. The construction of shelter is an imaginative cultural research that enables dwelling as a fundamental human aspiration and means to a graceful life. This pursuit must be inflected by place, the geography of Arizona, and the culture of the Southwest. The design for place must be influenced by a portable global sensibility, yet observant of local traditions, tempered by material circumstances, and expressive of the ethos of time and place.