Sustainable Design

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SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
HOW TO APPLY

The Graduate Program in Sustainable Design is an interdisciplinary and research-based degree path. Here, scholars are both part of a specialized, close-knit cohort of MSSD students as well as members of the larger Architecture program and UT Austin campus community. Students are encouraged to draw from the sizeable and wide-ranging knowledge of faculty within the school and across the university.

The School of Architecture has several facilities and laboratories to allow for sustainable design research at various scales and scopes to complement students’ academic experiences. The Sustainable Design Program distinguishes itself from other programs in the school as its low faculty-student ratio allows for one-to-one interaction in addition to collaborative opportunities with the Center for Sustainable Development.

Moreover, students are able to experience and contribute to the development of one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation—Austin, Texas. Together with faculty and professionals in practice students contribute to resolving Austin’s current density, equity, and environmental issues in the living laboratory of a dynamic and ever-changing city.

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DEGREES + PROGRAMS

The Sustainable Design Program at the University of Texas as Austin offers two graduate-level degree programs and a Ph.D. in Architecture with a concentration in sustainability. 

GRADUATE DOCTORAL

Master of Science in Sustainable Design [MSSD]

MSSD + Master of Science in Community & Regional Planning [MSCRP]

Ph.D in Architecture, Sustainability
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    For prospective students interested in joining this special place, visit our link in bio for admissions deadlines and more information

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    “Playscapes” by Hayden Hood, Charley Tyeskie, and Rachel Sisson // 2021-2022 Design Excellence Award Winner. Completed in Visiting Professor Miroslava Brooks’ Spring 2022 Advanced Studio.

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    Last day of classes before fall break, then final reviews kick off November 28. Hang in there y’all, you got this! 💪 <br /><br />📷: @moondragon_macek’s Wood Design class by @utsoabuildlab
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    Last day of classes before fall break, then final reviews kick off November 28. Hang in there y’all, you got this! 💪

    📷: @moondragon_macek’s Wood Design class by @utsoabuildlab

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    Tomorrow, Bachelor of Architecture student Jacob Levy @jalphototecture will be taking over our stories to show us his studio’s recent trip to Spain. <br />
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    Tomorrow, Bachelor of Architecture student Jacob Levy @jalphototecture will be taking over our stories to show us his studio’s recent trip to Spain.

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    We’re excited to share new faculty and fellowship positions open at the UT School of Architecture. All appointments will begin in Fall 2023.<br /> <br />- Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Architecture. Application review will begin December 1. <br />
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    We’re excited to share new faculty and fellowship positions open at the UT School of Architecture. All appointments will begin in Fall 2023.

    - Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Architecture. Application review will begin December 1.

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    This Wednesday, November 9 at 12:30 p.m., Beate Hølmebakk closes out our Fall 2022 lecture series with her lecture “Constructions on Sites and Paper.” Event details at the link in our bio.<br />
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    This Wednesday, November 9 at 12:30 p.m., Beate Hølmebakk closes out our Fall 2022 lecture series with her lecture “Constructions on Sites and Paper.” Event details at the link in our bio.