These courses are the building blocks of the creative process. From drafting to home design, from renovation to timberframing, these classes will demystify the worlds of architecture and carpentry by putting sketching tools and hammers in hand.
While sustainability is an essential component of the design process throughout our curriculum, these courses focus heavily on topics specific to green design and building, including regenerative design, green materials, and ecologically-minded community development.
The built environment is inextricably bound to the resources and ecological processes in the natural landscape around it. Courses in this area address issues of site design, water use and waste treatment, food production and landscaping.
With a future marked by peak oil, resource depletion, and climate change, these courses provide avenues for homes and communities to be planned, designed, built, or retrofitted to maximize energy efficiency and explore the potential for renewable energy sources and options.
In an effort to minimize the use of manufactured, processed, transported, and potentially harmful building products, a revitalized natural building movement is relying almost exclusively on natural and local materials as a means to create beautiful, healthy homes and structures. These classes will show you how it's done.
Yestermorrow believes a house becomes a home in part due to the details that make it functional and beautiful. Courses in furnituremaking, cabinetry, and joinery provide opportunities for laypeople and professionals alike to design and create.
The decorative arts allow for the addition of a personal touch to any project. These courses focus on the skills and techniques necessary to work comfortably with a variety of materials -- from glass to metal to plaster and ceramics.
Yestermorrow is a Continuing Education Systems Registered Provider through the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Our AIA/CES courses are specifically designed for current and future design professionals. Courses available for AIA/CES credits are indicated in the course descriptions with the AIA symbol. Architecture students are eligible for 0.15 IDP units per LU. Courses earning Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) and/or Sustainable Design (SD) units are noted.
The certificate curriculum includes a three week Core Curriculum, two additional weeks of elective courses, four weekends of elective workshops, and a Practicum project and presentation. Students must begin the program with the Core Curriculum (offered three times a year). After completion of the Core Curriculum, one can participate in the electives as classes are available and as one's schedule permits.