School of Architecture

Sustainable Design Research

How should we design our relationship with the planet? If the answer is through a nurturing of humanity — the health and well being of people today and into the future — then sustainability is the fundamental parameter that must permeate architectural design through scales of the individual, building, city and natural ecology. The University of Florida and the School of Architecture are committed to advancing sustainable design through robust investigations of sustainable communities, collaborative design studios that address the regional reactive responses to context that close resource loops and strong linkages with emerging technologies in affiliate disciplines such as engineering and law. UF is leading the sustainable campus movement through it’s office of sustainability and is committed to LEED certified and higher ratings for all new buildings.

G|SoA is one of the first accredited architecture programs in the US to formalize this initiative in the form a Concentration and Certificate in Sustainable Architecture. This program runs parallel with the Master of Architecture with addition of 12 credits from 34 pre-selected courses within and outside the GSoA that engage current sustainable issues. Students will also work with their faculty advisor to synthesize these issues within their Masters Thesis projects. Students may petition to add any relevant 3000 level or above course from any department in the University. A physical Certificate is awarded and the achievement is recorded on student’s official University of Florida transcripts.