What will I learn

Sustainable Architecture (Master's Programme 2 years)

What will you learn?

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The emissions as design drivers course 2023 on excursion in Oslo. (photo: Patricia Schneider-Marin/NTNU)

Sustainable solutions

The MSc in Sustainable Architecture at NTNU aims to educate and train building professionals in the analysis and implementation of solutions for lowering the environmental impact of buildings in a life-cycle perspective. Graduates of the programme are able to both develop of scientific research works and architectural design projects aiming for a zero-emission built environment. 

The programme is built on the assumption that complex multidisciplinary processes - as sustainable environmental design requires - cannot be developed purely in theory. They rather need to be experienced in multidisciplinary teams, where environmental issues of different kinds are discussed and translated into architectural practice. The MSc programme in Sustainable Architecture is, for this reason, open to both architects and engineers. 

A new generation of buildings

Nowadays, architects need to be able to design buildings that can establish a symbiotic relation with the natural environment. An architectural design process cannot any longer disregard a deep comprehension of the natural environment's limits and resources, both in qualitative and quantitative terms. Scientific principles are used in the program as a meaningful platform for imagining a new generation of buildings, able to turn the environmental impact from their construction, operation and disassembly, from a burden to a positive outcome.

Holistic approach

The curriculum of the Master in Sustainable Architecture is structured around three concerns about environmental impact of the built environment: 

  • environmental performance 
  • environmental impact  
  • integrated energy design processes 

Each semester includes a theory course and a combined theory and architectural design course. During these, students acquire scientific knowledge and practical competences for lowering GHG emissions of buildings. Lectures, studios and laboratories are addressed towards each semester's focus without losing a holistic perspective. 

  • First semester focuses on climate analyses and the optimization of buildings' environmental performance. 
  • Second semester addresses issues related to the environmental impact of materials and life cycle analyses. 
  • During the third semester students are trained in the development of integrated design processes optimizing building environmental performance in relation to the integration of alternative energy systems 

Throughout the two-year duration of the 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 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 integrated design methods in their everyday professional practice. 

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