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Master of Architecture - Sustainable Design University of Tennessee




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Course info


The College of Architecture and Design offers a concentration in sustainable design incorporating knowledge from a wide range of disciplines, ranging from technical to philosophical. This concentration explores the interrelation between decisions made when designing the built environment and their short-term and long-term impacts on the ecological environment. Students are asked to take responsibility for the role architecture plays in the consumption of natural resources, underscoring the need for interdisciplinary dialogue and leadership at building, site, city, and regional scales. This responsibility usually entails attention to building performance, from design through development to evaluation.

The Sustainable Design concentration offers opportunities for topical study such as, but not limited to

  • Environmental Ethics
  • Environmental Policy
  • Energy and Urbanism
  • Energy Modeling, Simulation and Prototyping
  • Design for Carbon Neutrality.
  • Net Zero and Net Positive Buildings
  • Resilient Design
  • Passive Energy Design
  • Sustainable and Renewable Materials and Methods
  • High-Performance Building Envelopes
  • Innovative Use of Traditional Materials

Potential resources

  • Design | Build | Evaluate Initiative
  • Joint Institute for Advanced Materials
  • Institute for Smart Structures (ISS)
  • Architecture Research Annex / GreenVision Studio
  • UTK Smart Communities Initiative
  • Institute for Secure and Sustainable Environments (ISSE)
  • Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC)
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Architecture - Sustainable Design.

Full Time (12 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$31,139.00 (22,82,470) per year


Aug-21, Jan-22


College of Architecture and Design

1715 Volunteer Boulevard,



37916, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants in their undergraduate senior year are eligible to apply.

An applicant requesting admission to the Graduate School may be required to submit results of the TOEFL or IELTS. Minimum score requirements for admission to the Graduate School are:

  • a total score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT),
  • a 6.5 overall band score on the IELTS.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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