Sustainable Design-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Master of Science in Sustainable Design (MSSD)

It was our passion before it was a buzzword...

The Master of Science in Sustainable Design (MSSD) program is a post-professional degree intended for recent graduates and practicing professionals. This intensive 12-month curriculum stresses the importance and value of total-building performance, human-centered design and the integration of Design, Technology and Construction knowledge and experience. Classes provide both depth and breadth, while the culminating Synthesis Project allows each individual student the opportunity to narrow his or her research focus to a topic of personal interest.

For over 35 years Carnegie Mellon's School of Architecture has been at the forefront of High Performance Building, leading the way in Advanced Building Systems, Systems Integration, Performance Simulation and Building Diagnostics, based upon the foundation of environmentally–sensitive, regionally-based architectural design. The MSSD program utilizes the vast expertise within our world-renowned research institute, the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics (CBPD). Housed within the Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace™, a core of passionate, dedicated and versatile faculty provide a solid foundation of experience and knowledge, unparalleled at other institutions. In keeping with the interdisciplinary educational philosophy of Carnegie Mellon University, students are required to utilize resources outside of the School of Architecture, and are encouraged to take classes in the Heinz College, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Engineering & Public Policy, the Tepper School of Business, and elsewhere on campus.

We are looking for students that are critical thinkers, are intensely curious about the built environment, are committed to positive change, and who are not afraid to push the envelope and take risks. This program is designed to accompany and enhance degrees related to the built environment, including architecture, landscape architecture, ecology, engineering, construction, interior architecture/ design, facilities management, and others. Graduates from the MSSD program are well versed in computer-based building performance simulation, comprehend the life-cycle and economic implications of design decisions, possess first-hand experience with renewable energy systems, and understand advanced high-performance building technology. Alumni from this program have gone on to successful careers in consulting, design, building performance simulation, and policy-making, among others.