The PhD program in sustainable building systems will prepare you to be a leader in scientific discourse and practical applications in the field of green building and sustainability in the built environment.  

The PhD takes three to five years to complete. During the course of your studies, you’ll undertake a thorough exploration of topics like site selection and environmental modification, design of buildings and structures, choice of materials and structural systems, selection and sizing of building energy systems, construction processes, and waste streams. 

You’ll benefit from the interdisciplinary approach that involves faculty in architecture, civil and environmental engineering, and other departments. Our location in the Olver Design Building offers proximity to the Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP), two academic units whose work also centers on the built environment.

The program’s holistic approach to education, including considerations of the life cycle of building systems, will give you a key advantage on the job market.