Master’s degree programme, 2 years, Trondheim

Sustainable Architecture

– Course description

The curriculum of the MSc in Sustainable Architecture is structured around three main concerns related to the environmental impact of the built environment (environmental performance, environmental impact and integrated energy design). The focus of the theory and project courses run in each semester corresponds to the acquisition of specific knowledge and competence for lowering GHG emissions of buildings. The lectures, studio and laboratories are aligned towards the focus of the specific semester without losing a holistic perspective. The first semester focuses on climate analyses and the optimization of a buildings’ environmental performance. The second semester addresses issues related to the environmental impact of materials from a life cycle perspective. During the third semester, students are introduced to integrated design processes for optimizing the building environmental performance in relation to the integration of the energy systems.

Throughout the two year duration of the MSc programme, a holistic approach is emphasized which encompasses the many architectural expressions and possibilities within a zero emission built environment. Within each of the theory and project courses, high demands are made towards integrated design strategies so as to ensure the usability and synergy of the design with its surroundings and users. Throughout the whole programme, the students are continuously trained in interdisciplinary co-operation to better equip them to integrate integrated design methods in their everyday professional practice.


  • Students must choose intensive villages.
  • Elective courses might be discussed individually

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