Ecological Design in the Built Environment

Nothing exists in a bubble.  The practical intent of this introductory course, therefore, is how to explore, design and support, the complex of scales and relationships that compose our built environment from simple objects, to buildings and spaces, to communities and landscapes. More intangibly, this course is an opportunity to discover a new epistemology of how we define problems and outline solutions with a systems-thinking mindset in a very complex world. “Ecological Design in the Built Environment” is an opportunity to see an environment we are all too familiar with in a different light, a chance to momentarily make our hidden and implicit relationship with our surroundings more explicit, and examine how our relationship with the built environment can be enhanced personally, socially and bio-physically.  


Outcomes include:

  • Knowledge of the philosophy and methodology of ecological design
  • Application of ecological design-thinking processes and techniques

Introductory Skills:

  • Site analysis
  • Landscape, urban, and architectural physical design principles
  • Graphic communication for diagramming and site planning  
  • Architectural drafting


Building Systems Design and Building Science, New Course


All levels


  • Sterling College: 2 Continuing Education Units ($260 additional)

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