Sustainable Design

About the Program

The Sustainable Design program at Thomas Jefferson University was developed by a group of the country’s top sustainable designers and experienced sustainability professors. The result is an award-winning trans-disciplinary, collaborative design program. Students build problem-solving skills to develop market-driven solutions to become leaders in sustainable design to better serve society.

Jefferson is among the first in higher education to offer stackable continuing education units, so you can create a degree that is best for you. With flexible options, you can earn their certificates in Passive House Design, Sustainability Leadership, Design of Living Buildings, Resilient Communities or Green Building Operations; or take the entire MS in Sustainable Design degree. Classes are offered on campus in East Falls, online or a hybrid of both. 

Sustainable Design Graduate Experience

 

Our professors are comprised of theory-based full-time faculty and practicing professionals with diverse backgrounds in architecture, engineering, design, sustainability leadership, and construction management. Based on an integrated design education model, the program offers a unique advantage by introducing students early in the design process to experts, design options and real-world constraints. 

Projects range from high performing sustainable design projects to sustainable initiatives for non-profits and start-ups. Industry partnerships feature prominently, providing networking opportunities and hands-on practice with real-world challenges. Strong integration with the design and sustainability community in Philadelphia provides students and graduates ample opportunities for internships, volunteer positions, and job placement.  

The program also qualifies as a STEM program which allows international students to apply for a 24-month extension to their Optional Practical Training.

To see our Alumni Impact Stories, click here.


Featured Student Work

Thesis in Sustainable Design

Student:
Mohammad Alshenaifi '15
Professor:
Robert Fryer, Associate Professor
Course:
Thesis
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