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Research & Initiatives

Inhalation Exposure to Pollutants in the Sleeping Microenvironment

Adults spend an average of 7.5 hours in bed per night, which corresponds to approximately one-third of our life. Previous research has found that we are exposed to numerous pollutants while sleeping, notably airborne al... More
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Advanced Architectural Design Studio: Alley Flat Initiative (ARC 560R, ARC 696)

"The Alley Flat Initiative works to advance three goals--design innovation, environmental sustainability, and affordability. In the format of a design/build studio, students will be working closely with each other, the s... More
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Advanced Architectural Design: Austin Studio (ARC 560R, ARC 696)

The UT Austin Campus Real Estate Office has been tasked with management of the development of 109 acres at MOPAC and Braker known as the Pickle Research Center West Tract or the MCC Tract. Their initial inclination is th... More
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Advanced Design: Renewable Energy Innovation Lab (ARC 560R, ARC 696)

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a nationally recognized leader in buildings research combining renewable energy with innovative technologies to significantly reduce energy consumption in buildings. Bas... More
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Advanced Design: Sustainability Innovations Studio - Green Monsters (ARC 560R, ARC 696)

Sustainability Innovations is a studio sequence focused on achieving sustainable design solutions through a comprehensive, technologically progressive and a research oriented approach. More
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Advanced Studio in Sustainable Design (ARC 696)

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Agenda 21: Sustainable Urbanism (ARC 386M)

This course will examine factors affecting the changing status of the 21st century city and the tactics used to mediate the effects of rapid urbanization by leaders in the environmental design professions. Key words: Lan... More
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Air Pollution Control (CE 396L.3)

Sources, transport, fate, impacts, characteristics, and control of air contaminants; source control and prevention; urban air quality; occupational and residential indoor air quality. Design of air pollution control sys... More
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Air Pollution Engineering (CE 369L: CE 396L)

Sources, transport, fate, impacts, characteristics, and control of air contaminants; source control and prevention; urban air quality; occupational and residential indoor air quality. May be repreated for credit when top... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Air Resources Emphasis - Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (MSE/PhD)

Research in the Air Resources emphasis area, within the EWRE program, is an interdisciplinary effort that encompasses atmospheric chemistry, ambient air quality monitoring and modeling, indoor air quality, and air pollut... More
Faculty & Staff

Alford, Elizabeth

Elizabeth has taught design studios at UTSOA for six years, as well as a seminar on construction systems for houses. She is currently at work on a book titled "Site::Offsite; Architecture and the Factory-Built House," fo... More
Research & Initiatives

Alley Flat Initiative

The Alley Flat Initiative is a collaboration between the University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development, the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation, and the Austin Community Design and Development Center.... More
Faculty & Staff

Almy, Dean

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Austin Area Environmental Issues (UGS 302)

A freshman signature course. 18 students. Discussion format. Writing flag. Contents span a range of Austin environmental issues: water use, endangered species, green building, park management, recycling, etc. More
Faculty & Staff

Beaman, Michael

Professor Beaman focuses on outlier and theoretical design problems and their implications on the built environment, advanced technology, global culture and politics. His research focuses on theory and application of de... More
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Biological Systems in Sustainable Design (BIO 386)

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Faculty & Staff

Black, Sinclair

In Austin, Mr. Black is both professionally and personally involved with neighborhood groups, parks advocates, and the downtown business community, and has endeavored throughout his career to facilitate consensus on a wi... More
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Building Codes and the Environment (ARC 386M)

This course will be offered infrequently. Building and technological codes, too often ignored in design education, are the principal means by which societies attempt to shape the built environment. This seminar is histo... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Building Energy and Environments Program -- Architectural Engineering (MSE)

The Building Energy and Environments program (BEE) consists of faculty, staff and students who focus on a wide range of issues related to building environments. These issues include building energy usage, energy flows, a... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Building Energy and Environments Technical Area Option - Architectural Engineering (BS)

The Building Environmental Systems area of practice involves the design of the building environment thermal comfort, acoustics and noise control, indoor air quality, illumination, and plumbing and electrical systems. Thi... More
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Building Energy Management Systems (C E 397)

This course examines the underlying thermodynamic principles of advanced building heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, studies integration of power production systems with building environmental con... More
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Building Environmental Systems (ARE 346N)

Planning and design of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; noise and vibration control systems; power distribution and lighting systems; introduction to plumbing systems. More
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Building Information Modeling for Capital Projects (CE 395 R7)

This course focuses on the skills and information needed to effectively use an existing Building Information Model (BIM) in plan execution for a building construction project. This is a project-based course where student... More
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Built Environment and Public Health (CRP 384)

This course examines the relationship between the built environment and public health issues. Issues include the negative impacts of sprawl, residential segregation, accessibility of public transport, and access to susta... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Sustainable Development

The Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) is unique in its successful integration of diverse interests to develop creative, balanced, achievable solutions to the physical and social challenges facing the planning, con... More
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Climate Change and Cultural Theory (ARC 386M)

Application of theories from philosophy, political ecology, science and technology studies, discourse theory, anthropology, and sociology in order to sketch approaches to climate change beyond the divisions of nature and... More
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Climate Walks (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

The architecture of the future will need to be based on detailed climatic analysis, taking into account the impact of solar radiation, temperature, humidity and wind on buildings. Only close attention to the climate and ... More
Faculty & Staff

Corsi, Richard L.

Dr. Corsi's research focuses on the physics and chemistry of indoor air. He has served as principal investigator on over 60 research projects, ranging from the sorptive interactions between polar/non-polar VOCs and indoo... More
Research & Initiatives

CSD Living Lab

The West Mall Building (where the Center for Sustainable Devleopment is located) is desperately in need of renovation. The space is poorly planned and inefficiently utilized. In conjunction with a major renovation plan f... More
Faculty & Staff

Dangel, Ulrich

Undergraduate and Graduate Courses in Design, Construction, Architectural Detailing, Structural Design. Thermal Lab experimental research and simulation of architectural components. More
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Design of Air Conditioning Systems (ME 374R)

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Design of Energy Efficient and Healthy Buildings (ARE 370; ARE 381E; CE 381E)

Design of buildings for low energy use and optimal indoor air quality. Includes ventilation, energy efficiency, moisture problems, and prevention by design. More
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Design of Wastewater and Water Treatment Facilities (CE 364)

Prerequisite: C E 356 and credit or registration for C E 342, or consent of instructor. More
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Emerging Technologies (ARE 377K; ARC 350R)

London is home to many of the world's most innovative and influential Architecture and Engineering firms. This course takes students behind-the-scenes to learn about the latest design technologies of world-class building... More
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Energy and Indoor Air Quality: Field Measurements (ARE 383;CE397)

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Energy Modeling and Design Process (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

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Energy Optimization in Building Design (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

This course will introduce the student to whole-building energy simulation and energy optimization techniques using computer simulation, including the hourly simulation of dynamic thermal envelope loads, shading analysis... More
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Energy Optimization in Building Design (ARC 386M; ARC 350R )

This course will introduce the student to whole-building energy simulation and energy optimization techniques using computer simulation, including the hourly simulation of dynamic thermal envelope loads, shading analysis... More
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Energy Simulation in Building Design (ARE 371; ARE 383; CE 397)

Fundamentals of building energy simulations, analytical models for heat transfer in buildings, general numerical methods for solving equations from the analytical models, use of energy simulation tools in building design... More
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Engineering Professionalism (CE 171P)

The objective of this course is to present the fundamental non-technical aspects of civil, architectural and environmental engineering practice so that you develop an appreciation for the need to balance the demands of e... More
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Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (CE 397)

Life cycle analysis (LCA) identifies the “cradle to grave” environmental and sustainability impacts of a product, processes, or policy. This course teaches life cycle methods, including process-based methods, input-o... More
Faculty & Staff

Fajkus, Matt

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Faculty & Staff

Ferron, Raissa

Dr. Raissa Douglas Ferron's research group focuses on studying on infrastructure materials, and is primarily dedicated to researches concerning cementitious engineering materials. Dr. Ferron’s research expertise is in ... More
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Foundations of Sustainable Design Seminar (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

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Faculty & Staff

Gale, Frances

Fran Gale is an architectural conservator with over twenty years experience in the restoration of historic buildings and monuments. Fran teaches materials conservation in the Historic Preservation Program at the Universi... More
Faculty & Staff

Garrison, Michael

Professor Michael Garrison is currently active in the design and construction of sustainable buildings. He has served as the faculty sponsor of the 2002, 2005, and 2007 Solar Decathlon competitions administered by the U.... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Graduate Portfolio Program: Sustainability

The Graduate Portfolio Program in Sustainability provides Master and Doctoral students with a trans-disciplinary framework to study and research issues related to sustainability. Sustainability is an emerging discourse t... More
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Growth Management Seminar (CRP 381)

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Faculty & Staff

Harpman, Louise

Design/Build, architectural design, community engagement, prefabrication More
Research & Initiatives

Historic Preservation Knowledge for Sustainability Practice

Sustainability on the UT campus means sustaining a particular iconic place, saturated with cultural significance rooted in its history. The campus is a particularly hospitable environment for sustainability and preservat... More
Faculty & Staff

Hoidn, Barbara

Barbara Hoidn studied Architecture and City Planning at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany. She worked as a project architect for the Public Building Administration in Frankfurt/Main and for several years as a projec... More
Faculty & Staff

Holleran, Michael

Historic Preservation; History of Urban Design & Development; Vernacular Landscapes; Water History More
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Housing, Landscape, and Urbanism (ARC 386M; LAR 388)

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Human Exposure to Indoor Air Pollution (CE 396L.6)

This course will focus on human inhalation exposure to pollution in both the gaseous and particle (liquid and solid) phases. The emphasis will be on non-industrial indoor environments, but the underlying principles and t... More
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Indoor Air Quality: Physics and Chemistry (CE 396L.4)

Sources, transport, and fate of indoor air pollutants. Interactions between indoor pollutants and indoor materials. Indoor air chemistry. Human exposure to pollutants in indoor environments. More
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Indoor Air Quality: Transport and Control (CE 389T; ARE 389T)

Transport and control of indoor pollutants. Includes particulate removal and pollutant transport into and within indoor environments. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in archit... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Indoor Environmental Science and Engineering Program (IGERT)

The mission of this program is to provide a unique and interdisciplinary educational experience focused on indoor environmental science and engineering. Our program is grounded in scientific principles and the developme... More
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Informality: The Global Housing Challenge (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

Approximately 2 billion people of the world's population live in substandard housing; 1 billion of these people reside in urban slums (UN Habitat). In the US alone about 40 million people live below the poverty line (Uo... More
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Intelligent Building Skins (ARC 350R, ARC 386M)

In this course, students will explore the functional, assembly, and detailing criteria that are considered when developing concepts for the building envelope. The semester will begin with a series of exercises to gain a ... More
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Introduction to Risk Management and Insurance (RM 357e)

The Introduction to Risk Management & Insurance course is designed for upper division students interested in Enterprise or Strategic Risk Management decision-making. The course of study includes work with public policy c... More
Faculty & Staff

Kinney, Kerry

Dr. Kinney's research in environmental engineering focuses on the beneficial application of microorganisms to the treatment of pollutants in the environment. Her research team develops biological treatment systems for co... More
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Landscape, Meaning, and Society (GRG 390C)

The creation, transformation, and meaning of landscapes within different societies through time. Iconographical analysis of the built environment; impress of belief and ideology on landscape; analysis of nationalistic an... More
Faculty & Staff

Lanoux, Steven M

Design and construction of Estuarine Research Center, a LEED Gold bilding, with hurricane resistant envelope, designed to withstand daily assault from coastal environment, and significant sustainability features incorpor... More
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Lee, Gloria

Gloria Lee, a graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (S.B., Political Science), and the Yale School of Art (M.F.A. Graphic Design), founded the design studio, Buds Design Kitchen, which works in software pro... More
Faculty & Staff

Leite, Fernanda L.

Dr. Leite's research interests include: computer-aided engineering and design; product and process modeling; construction management; building information modeling; information technology for project management; life-cyc... More
Faculty & Staff

Levy, Francois

Levy's teaching centers on Environmental Control of buildings and technology integration. His research is related to passive and active environmental control systems in buildings, space architecture and regolith mitigati... More
Faculty & Staff

Liedl, Petra

Petra Liedl is dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of the interaction of climate, buildings, comfort and energy with an interdisciplinary approach in teaching, research and practice. Her current research focuse... More
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Light and Sustainable Design (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

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Mainster, Sydney

Sydney Mainster serves as the Curator for the University Co-op Materials Resource Center. He also teaches on materials and sustainable interiors. More
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Modeling of Air and Pollutant Flows in Buildings (ARE 383; ARE 372; CE 397)

Fundamentals of indoor airflow modeling, use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for air quality and thermal comfort analyses, application of CFD for analysis of air velocity, temperature, humidity, and contaminant dis... More
Faculty & Staff

Novoselac, Atila

His area of research includes studies related to improvement of indoor environment and development of energy efficient building environmental systems. By combining experimental studies and computational modeling, he is d... More
Research & Initiatives

Pecan Street Project

UT faculty and students are providing research support for the DOE sponsored smart grid demonstration that was awarded to the Pecan Street Project ($10 million over five years). In the smart grid demonstration project at... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Post Professional Degree Program in Sustainable Design (M.Arch II, PP)

This degree program is intended for those students who have previously received a Bachelor of Architecture Professional Degree, or BArch, from an accredited university and who wish to conduct graduate level research in s... More
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Project Management and Economics (ARE 323 K)

Solving economic problems related to construction and engineering; construction project management techniques; characteristics of construction organizations, equipment, and methods. In relation to sustainability, student... More
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Research Seminar: Sustainable Preservation (ARC 386M, CRP 381)

This seminar seeks to explore the evolving state of knowledge at the intersection of preservation and sustainability; to chart the gaps, contradictions and uncertainties, and then to formulate ways of resolving them. It ... More
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Resource Management / Recycling (CRP 383)

Resource Management and Recycling (CRP 383) provides students a working knowledge of the history, trends, conflicts, and opportunities presented by the growing resource and solid waste crises. The class focuses on achiev... More
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Skyscrapers and Polar Bears: Perspectives on Sustainable Design (UGS 303)

Sustainable design increasingly pervades all aspects of contemporary life, from the buildings we build, to the clothes we wear, to the food we eat. The interdisciplinary course “Skyscrapers and Polar Bears: Perspective... More
Research & Initiatives

Smart Building Initiative

Tools are now available that offer real-time data for people who want to learn how their personal choices impact energy consumption at the room level. In a year-long project, the Smart Building Initiative marries this te... More
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Solar Geometry and Energy Flow in Buildings (ARC 350R, ARC 386M)

This course seeks to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of how buildings interact with their energetic environment, i.e. the natural energy that flows around and through them. More
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Solar Geometry/Energy Flow In Building (ARC 386M)

This course seeks to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of the interaction of buildings and their energetic environment, i.e. the natural energy that flows around and through them. Developing an i... More
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Sources of Indoor Air Pollution (CE 397)

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Special Topics in Skin Design (ARC 386M)

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Faculty & Staff

Steiner, Frederick

Dean Steiner has worked with local, state, and federal agencies on diverse environmental plans and designs. These activities include analysis of watershed level growth management for the upper San Pedro basin on the U.S.... More
Research & Initiatives

Sustainability of Low Income Housing in Texas and Latin America

We are exploring ways in which sustainable applications can be extended to low income home owners in self build and self managed communities in Texas (colonias) and Latin America (irregular settlements. It embraces susta... More
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Sustainable Cities (CRP 391D)

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Research & Initiatives

Sustainable Cities Doctoral Research Initiative

The Sustainable Cities Doctoral Research Initiative focus on the integration of cutting edge research and practice in the fields of urban planning, architecture, environmental and architectural engineering, landscape arc... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Sustainable Design (MSSD)

This degree plan is intended for those students who wish to prepare for a related PhD program, plan to work in public policy, or pursue activism related to sustainable architecture or urbanism. It is a non-professional r... More
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Sustainable Design Emphasis - First Professional Degree Program in Architecture (M.Arch. I, E)

This degree program is intended for those students who hold a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree and intend to practice architecture as a licensed professional. No background in architecture or design is required, but a... More
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Sustainable Design Specialization - First Professional Degree Program in Architecture (M.Arch. I, S)

This degree program is intended for those students who hold a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree and intend to practice architecture as a licensed professional. More
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Sustainable Interiors (ARC 350R)

The average American spends 18 hours indoors for every hour spent outdoors.[1] This translates to about 90% of our time being spent indoors. The indoor environments we design have a substantial impact on our health, prod... More
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Sustainable Materials (CE 397)

This is an introductory course focusing on sustainability considerations as they pertain to infrastructure materials most relevant to civil engineers. The course will provide the students with a strong foundation in the ... More
Research & Initiatives

The Greening of the University of Texas at Austin Main Campus

This paper briefly describes UTSOA student team documentations of proposed strategies for a greening of the University of Texas at Austin main campus. The investigations use the campus as a laboratory to explore how to e... More
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The Modern American City (GRG 337; GRG 396T; URB 352 1; ARC 350R 1)

Issues concerning the built environment and urban infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and the public policy framework designed to manage the challenges presented by these issues. Issues facing residents of U.S.... More
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Timber Technologies (ARC 350R / ARC 386M)

This course explores recent innovations in timber construction technology and their impact on the current and future discourse of architecture. By assessing the development of sustainable forestry practices over the last... More
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Topics in Architectural Theory: Sustainable Architecture (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

This class proposes to establish a goal of investigating applied research green building systems that could be utilized as resource conservation strategies for the greening of the main campus at the University of Texas a... More
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Topics in Environmental Science (LAR 385)

Elective seminars in aspects of environmental analysis, ecological and systemic approaches, sustainable development, and applied methods of geographic information systems. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.... More
Research & Initiatives

University Co-op Materials Resource Center

The Materials Lab collection is one of the largest and most comprehensive material collections of its kind at any college or university in the country, if not the world. Currently, the Materials Lab has a growing collect... More
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Urban Design History/Theory/Criticism (ARC 350R)

A graduate seminar: focusing on the body of history and theory that informs contemporary issues in urban design. The course examines the state of the contemporary discourse in urbanism, the historical trajectory of conte... More
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Urban Design Practice (URB 352 3; ARC 350R 3)

Issues concerning the built environment and urban infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and the public policy framework designed to manage the challenges presented by these issues. Issues facing residents of U.S.... More
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Urban Design Practice (ARC 350R, ARC 386M, CRP 389C)

The purpose of this course is insight. There is no discreet body of knowledge about urban design. It is not architecture, and it is not planning, Architecture is a private sector activity on a defined parcel of land; pla... More
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Urban Ecological Infrastructure (CRP 383; LAR 385)

This course aims to: expose you to the concepts of and issues related to green infrastructure, drawing from literature in planning, ecological sciences, design evaluation, ecological restoration and novel landscapes, fin... More
Research & Initiatives

Urbanization Working Group, ESI

The goal of the Urbanization Working Group is to study environmental effects of urbanization and find paths to solutions. The Urbanization Working Group connects state, national, academic, and private interests and seeks... More
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UT Solar Decathlon

The Solar Decathlon is a university competition in which engineering and architectural teams from participating schools design, construct, transport and erect completely sustainable solar homes and display them on the Na... More
Research & Initiatives

UTest House

The UTest house is a 1300 ft2 manufactured home located at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus at the University of Texas at Austin. The house is a three bedroom/two bathroom home built with conventional materials and has tw... More
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Vertical Studio: PARA_SITES (ARC 393)

The redevelopment and re-vitalization of the downtowns of our cities play an important role in the promotion of more sustainable living habits. In an effort to increase urban density, infill construction, additions, and ... More
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Vertical Studio: Sustainability and Desire (ARC 393)

It may be that construction and program - that is, technology and desire - chicken and egg endlessly in architectural design, but the argument could be made that, when it comes to actually committing to building, desire ... More
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Vertical Studio: Sustainable Form (ARC 391)

Through a series of projects, lectures and readings this semester's studio work will concern itself with the purposeful inquiry of sustainability and form. Two different intentions of/for making form will be examined. Th... More
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Vertical Studio: The Child in the City (ARC 395)

The small American town and city formed a tight spatial, economic, and social grouping. People chose to live close to the action. There developed a business marketplace of one-on-one communication, where law and politics... More
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Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering (CE 342)

Prerequisite: C E 341 and credit or registration for C E 319F, or consent of instructor. More
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Water and Wastewater Treatment: Biological Wastewater Treatment and Sludge Processing (CE 385L.2 )

Application of Biological Chemical and Physical Principles to the Analysis and Design of Biological Processes for the Treatment of Municipal and Industrial Wastewater and Sludge. More
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Water Treatment And Wastewater Treatment Plant Design (CE 386M )

Design of water and wastewater treatment facilities; pumps and hydraulic considerations; design of wasterwater collection systems; design of systems for handling and disposal of residuals. Specific facilities may be sele... More
Faculty & Staff

Whitsett, Dason

Dason Whitsett is a Principal of Pollen Architecture in Austin and serves as Ajunct Lecturer in the Graduate Program in Sustainable Design. His teaching and research center on solar geometry, the thermal modeling and tec... More
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Wilson, Barbara

Wilson oversees the research, educational and community outreach programs at the CSD. Her background in grant writing and sustainable community development inform her work facilitating the many projects underway at the C... More
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Zarnikau, Jay

Jay Zarnikau provides consulting assistance to clients in the energy industry on issues related to energy conservation, the restructuring of electricity markets, energy pricing, and resource planning. His consulting work... More