High Performance Buildings
The High Performance Buildings concentration in the Master of Architecture program incorporates knowledge from a wide range of disciplines that share a common base within our college and other UT colleges and institutes.
The methodology is based on an integrated design process in which design, research and technology are reinforced with disciplines such as building design, product development, materials science, building physics, climatic design, structural design, computation and modeling, and production techniques. In addition, individual methods from these and other perspectives are also encouraged.
The High Performance Buildings concentration may address issues of the innovative and sustainable design of buildings, building components and (sub) systems of buildings, and on how these relate to each other and to architecture as an integrated complex system.
The High Performance Buildings Concentration offers opportunities for topical study such as
- Advanced Skills in Design with Technology
- Facade Design and High-Performance Building Envelopes
- Innovative uses of Traditional materials, both massive and lightweight
- Building Performance Design, Development, and Evaluation (energy, structural, mechanic, construction, etc.
- Digital Modeling and Digital Manufacturing
- Smart Structures and Lightweight Structures
- New Materials and environmental performance criteria
- Design with climate: daylight, solar, water harvesting, passive cooling
One of the following:
ARCH 586 Adv Arch Des: Sustainable Arch (Bldg Tech approved option) (6)
ARCH 588 Adv Arch Des: Structural Innovations (6)
ARCH 590 Adv Arch Des: Special Topics (Bldg Tech approved option) (6)
ARCH 599 Design VII: Diploma Thematic Studio (Bldg Tech approved option) (6)
plus 6 credits from the following list:
ARCH 508 Preservation Technology (3)
ARCH 509 Seminar in Design Integration (3)
ARCH 525 Special Topics in Architecture (1-3)
Courses in approved building technology topics.
LAR 513 Strategies and Case Studies in Landscape Stewardship and Restoration Ecology (3)
LAR 531 Advanced Landscape Construction (3)
LAR 541 Landscape/Site Design 1 (3)
Of the six elective credit hours, up to 3 credits may be from:
ARCH 526 Directed Readings in Architecture (3)
ARCH 593 Independent Study (1-9)