This 12 credit hour certificate focuses on current issues in sustainable architecture. Up to 6 credits can be double counted with the core Master's degree. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of critical design skills and readiness to assume positions in environmentally-focused leadership of design practices in our community and nationally.  The ethics of architectural practice is at the forefront of our attitude toward the profession as we recognize the motto of Lawrence Technological University, "Theory and Practice."


There are two mandatory courses for the certificate.  Environmental Issues offers an introduction to contemporary discussion regarding the impact of architecture and design on the natural environment.  Construction Management outlines models of project (building) delivery, and discusses the manner in which issues of sustainability can be introduced into the construction process.  These are both required courses in the Master of Architecture degree in Sustainability.


Why Lawrence Tech?

Students in the certificate program complete their requirements by taking classes from a pre-approved list of electives.  Electives offered within the College of Architecture and Design cover a broad range of  sustainability topics, from building technology, systems and performance, to social, ethical, and political issues surrounding the contemporary practice of architecture. 

Students may also select courses from a pre-approved list of courses offered by other LTU academic units, such as engineering, managements, and the humanities.  It should be noted that participation in some of these course may require satisfaction of prerequisites, or demonstration of particular technical abilities prior to enrollment.



This certificate consists  of classes from the following list:


ARC 5423 Ecological Issues
ARC 5952  Construction Management


ARC 5412 Environmental and Building Regulations
ARC 5432 Energy Management
ARC 5572 Sustainable and Innovative Materials in Architecture
ARC 5592 Sustainable Architecture and Building Systems
ARC 5832 Preservation Issues
ARC 6002 Special Topics (approval from coordinator required)
ARC 6833  Research in Preservation of Existing Structures

Note - no more than one class may be selected from the following list:

ECE 5113 Sustainable Construction Practices
ECE 3003 Alternative Energy Fundamentals
ECE 5303 Energy and Environmental Management 1
EME 5193 Solar and Wind Energy Generation Systems
GLM 6343  Creating Business Sustainability
SSC 5012 Social Responsibility and Community Action


Get Started

For more information, contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.CALL.LTU or

For More Information about the Certificate in Sustainable Architecture please contact:
Alice McHard
248.204.2834 p