Buildings account for 40-50% of our national energy consumption and cause 40-50% of the carbon dioxide emissions. Improving the energy performance of buildings through better design represents one of the most promising opportunities to make radical near-term reductions in consumption and emissions.
The PhD in Design interest in sustainability includes research collaborations with the College of Engineering in advanced modeling systems for simulating the performance of built environments and in sustainable energy and material exchanges, ranging in scale from building components and subsystems to strategies for cities.
Special research interest in natural learning
Increasing numbers of children are losing contact with the natural world through childcare that does not support children’s development needs; rapid growth of domestic air-conditioning; apprehensive parents who keep children close to home; state-mandated curricula that do not allow time for study outdoors; and the overly structured, harried lifestyle of today’s children.
The PhD in Design interest in natural learning focuses on research that informs the design of stimulating places for play, learning, and environmental education.
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