Energy and Technology in Architecture (Certificate)

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The Graduate Certificate in Energy and Technology in Architecture provides students the opportunity to focus their elective studies through courses and design studio(s) that concentrate on building energy systems along with other building systems. 

The program’s objectives are to provide educational opportunities for architecture graduate students who wish to acquire knowledge and skills in the design and operation of building system at site and building levels, with an emphasis on energy and materials; to advocate for the importance of energy efficiency over the entire life cycle of a building; and to make our students more competitive in the fields of architectural practice, building engineering, and construction.

This certificate program also provides unique interdisciplinary academic and research opportunities among the College of Design, programs within the College of Engineering, NC Solar Center, and building design industries/organizations (i.e. architecture, engineering, general contracting, real estate companies, and public policy agencies).

Admissions

Applicants must complete an application form to be considered for the certificate program. To qualify for admission to the graduate certificate in Energy and Technology in Architecture, students must be enrolled in (or have completed) a professional program in architecture. At the time of application, students must have a 3.00 grade point average (GPA) in their professional degree program.

Requirements

Students must complete 15 hours of coursework from the course menu, as specified in the certificate application, and have a minimum of 3.00 GPA on all certificate coursework. All grades on courses taken towards the certificate program in courses numbered 400 and above are included in the GPA. Courses at the 300 level and below are not eligible for certificate credit and subsequently do not affect the graduate GPA.

The minimum grade to receive certificate credit can be no lower than B-. Students who take letter-graded 400-, 500-, and 700-level courses do not have the option of taking the courses for ‘credit only’ if they intend for the course to be part of the graduate certificate. Transfer credit from other institutions is not allowed for the graduate certificate. All course work must be registered through NC State University.

All certificate requirements must be completed within four (4) calendar years, beginning with the date that the student commences courses applicable to the certificate, unless a more restrictive time limit has been established by the program or academic college/school.

A student may obtain more than one certificate. Each certificate must have a least nine (9) credit hours that are unique to it.

Other Information

Students in this certificate program will become part of an academic and professional community that offers a broad range of extracurricular activities, including the NC Solar Center GreenBuild Lecture Series, visiting lecturers, and colloquia.

Note that academic success might have a strong bearing on admission to a degree program, but completion of the certificate program in no way guarantees entry into a graduate degree program. For more information regarding course requirements and the application process, please contact the certificate program coordinator.

Plan Requirements

Required Courses9
Advanced Architectural Design (Series)
Final Project Research in Architecture 1
Elective Courses6
See "Elective Courses" listed below
Total Hours15

Elective Courses

Select at least two courses from the lists below:6
Approved Focus Studios Courses
ARC 503Advanced Architectural Design (Series) (Collaborative Design Studio: Architecture + Engineering )6
ARC 503Advanced Architectural Design (Series) (Airport Design )6
ARC 503Advanced Architectural Design (Series) (High-rise Building Design)6
ARC 503Advanced Architectural Design (Series) (Production for Architecture )6
Approved Focus Elective Courses
ARC 520Sustainable Architecture3
ARC 521Daylighting and Passive Energy Systems for Architecture3
ARC 522Building Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy3
ARC 523Building Energy Modeling and Simulation3
ARC 524Building Energy Optimization3
ARC 530Tectonics and Craft3
ARC 534Design of Architectural Details3
ARC 535Experiments in Architecture Prototypes3
ARC 536Materials for Design3
ARC 537Digital Materials Translations3
ARC 538Manufacturing Architecture3
Electives Available per Certificate Coordinator Approval
CE 504Airport Planning and Design3
HI 540American Environmental History3
HI 585History of American Technology3
ID 500Advanced Industrial Design (Series)6
ID 511Industrial Design Materials and Processes I3
ID 512Industrial Design Materials and Processes II3
ID 582Special Topics In Industrial Design1-6
MAE 589Special Topics In Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering1-6
MSE 556Composite Materials3
MSE 576Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization I3
MSE 577Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization II3

ETA Certificate Course Structure

 Certificate students are required to take at least one course in each of the above two categories to achieve the learning outcomes defined for the program.

Energy-Focused Courses
ARC 503Advanced Architectural Design (Series) (Collaborative Design Studio: Architecture + Engineering)6
ARC 503Advanced Architectural Design (Series) (Airport Design)6
ARC 520Sustainable Architecture3
ARC 521Daylighting and Passive Energy Systems for Architecture3
ARC 522Building Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy3
ARC 523Building Energy Modeling and Simulation3
ARC 524Building Energy Optimization3
Material/Tectonic-Focused Courses
ARC 503Advanced Architectural Design (Series) (High-rise Building Design)6
ARC 503Advanced Architectural Design (Series) (Production for Architecture)6
ARC 530Tectonics and Craft3
ARC 536Materials for Design3
ARC 537Digital Materials Translations3
ARC 538Manufacturing Architecture3
ARC 534Design of Architectural Details3
ARC 535Experiments in Architecture Prototypes3

Faculty

Full Professors

  • Soolyeon Cho
  • David Hill
  • Wayne Place
  • Pat Rand

Associate Professors

  • Dana Gulling
  • Jianxin Hu

Assistant Professors

  • Traci Rider