Why Sustainable Market Transformation?

You'll use core social science concepts to analyze and describe design systems of sustainable market transformation in evaluations of new and existing design innovation.

You'll understand how to make innovation happen by taking classes from experts in architecture, sustainable built environments, and real estate in the College of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Planning, and alongside MBA students at UA's acclaimed Eller School of Management in fast-paced, challenging courses. You'll develop the tools you gain in these courses via your own original research on sustainable market transformation, focusing on the past, present, and future conditions of the building industry.

Sustainable Market Transformation will give you experience with powerful theories, helping you learn to analyze the building industry as a dynamic sociotechnical system that spans arenas including policy, science, and design.

What will I do with an M.S. Architecture degree in Sustainable Market Transformation?

Graduates of this program will use the tools they have created to advance new, sustainable approaches to design practice or new, sustainable categories of design products and services.

What will I study?

You may choose either a 3- or 4-semester program.

If you choose the 3-semester program you will complete a focused project, while the 4-semester program will allow you time for an in-depth original research and the possibility of additional coursework.

Students in both programs will complete the following required coursework.

  • 4 Core Research and Theory Courses
    • Integrative Research Studio (ARC 601)
    • Research Methods and Theory (ARC 597a)
    • Social Foundations of Sustainability (ARC/SBE; this is a new course and a number has not yet been assigned)
    • Innovation, Design, and Society (SBE/PLG/ARC; this is a new course and a number has not yet been assigned) 
  • 2 or more Sustainability elective courses chosen in consultation with the student's advisor
  • 1 Course on the Principles of Real Estate Development and Finance
    • Introduction to Real Estate Development (RED 501)
  • 3 Courses in Eller College of Management with students in the Eller MBA program
    • Leadership and Teams (MGMT 556)
    • Negotiations (MGMT 564)
    • Marketing Strategy (MKTG 546) or Product Strategy (MKTG 559)

Who's associated with the program?





Why apply?

Our goal is to grow a passionate, research-driven community of graduate students in the Sustainable Market Transformation who share an interest in making our built environment better. Sustainable Market Transformation may be a good fit for you if you've recently finished a four- or five-year undergraduate architecture degree and are looking for tools to make a bigger impact in your new career or if you are a mid-career professional looking to gain skills and move into a leadership position as a sustainability advocate. The program is also designed for people with a business bent who have a special interest in the built environment or building industry, such as building product sales representatives who seek more information on the fundamentals of sustainability, or those working in marketing or sales, client development, or management in new industries sparked by sustainability, such as building envelope consultants, forensic consultants, high-performance windows, or cutting-edge certification programs such as PHIUS+ 2015, LEED, or Living Building Challenge. Don't fit the mold? We're particularly interested in applicants whose interests connect with our other MS subplans in Design and Energy Conservation, Heritage Conservation, Emerging Building Technologies, Urban Design, and Health and the Built Environment.

What's the application deadline for fall 2018?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The next batch of applications will be reviewed beginning February 15.

Is financial aid available for qualified applicants?

Yes. UA Scholarships & Financial Aid recommends you apply for admission and complete the FAFSA by March 1.

What's next?

If this program sounds like your next step, schedule a call.