The Yestermorrow-UMass Semester in Sustainable Design/Build offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to explore interdisciplinary, whole-systems thinking while developing fundamental technical skills in architecture and construction.

Overview

Overview

The Yestermorrow-UMass Semester in Sustainable Design/Build offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to explore interdisciplinary, whole-systems thinking while developing fundamental technical skills in architecture and construction. Read more »

Student Life

Student Life

The Semester in Sustainable Design/Build provides more than just an outstanding educational experience—it offers students the opportunity to form a tight-knit community. Students live, work, and learn together in an inspiring landscape and among a dynamic, creative, and ecologically conscious population. Read more »

Academics

Academics

The full-immersion, credit-bearing semester in green building and design complements architecture, building science, engineering, and environmental design majors and has wide application in liberal arts curricula. Read more »

Projects

Projects

Whether exploring questions about affordability and accessibility through a tiny house design or examining issues of community empowerment, economics, and need with a non-profit client, students engage in every aspect of bringing a project to fruition, examining both its structural and social implications. Read more »

Admissions

Admissions

The program operates on a rolling admissions basis; applications are accepted as space allows. The program is open to college students and recent graduates; there are no prerequisites other than students be self-motivated. Read more »

FAQs

FAQs

As a prospective student, we are certain you have many questions about the Semester in Sustainable Design/Build. We've compiled a number of frequently asked questions and responses to help provide the information you're looking for. But if you've got other questions, please contact us directly. Read more »

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Thank you to our funders

Funding for this project has come from Anonymous, the Jeffrey Cook Charitable Trust, and Ashoka Changemakers.

Semester Program Blogs

Every year our students write a blog documenting the Semester Project

What students are saying

“A full-compass experience that I was able to get nowhere else but here.”

—Henry Shepley, UVM ’12

 

“The point of Yestermorrow is to bring the builder and designer together in order to make smarter, more sustainable buildings—and building is one of the most human ecological things you can do. It automatically brings humans together with the environment.”

—Ruby Nelson, College of Atlantic ’13

 

“A unique opportunity for students to see the realities of the building process and make that connection between what we design and how we make things”

—Evan Morris, Clemson ’11