The Graduate Program in Design and Energy Conservation is aimed at advanced understanding of the theory and principles relating to design, energy conservation, and research methods applicable in different climatic regions throughout the world. The developed methodologies include climate responsive, energy conservation, passive solar, natural ventilation, and Net-Zero energy design applicable throughout the world. Research activities include development of site survey methods, field test instruments, and new computer programs for specialized research methods and energy systems.

The goal of the program is to expand the breadth of technical expertise available to architects and increase the range of job opportunities across private, public and academic arenas. This is achieved by incorporating research on the built environment and sustainability in design specialization.

Facilities and Resources

Theoretical learning is verified by empirical research in the appropriate School facilities:  the Center for Design & Energy Conservation, the House Energy Doctor (HED) program, the Heliodon (24-ft. hemisphere for solar simulation), an outdoor thermal comfort test site with advanced instrumentation and state-of-the-art wireless sensor technology, a boundarylayer contractionless wind tunnel, and an Artificial Uniform Overcast Sky Simulator for daylight testing and photometric measurements. In addition, the program emphasizes hands-on learning experiences based on laboratory teaching and field investigation formats.  Applied research is furthered by students mastering computer simulation methods specific to this region yet adaptable to diverse climates in other regions of the world. Interdisciplinary research is pursued in collaboration with the UA Office of Arid Land Studies and Dept. of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering.