The Master of Architecture in High Performance Building (1 year post-professional) offers the opportunity to pursue a concentrated course of study. This post-professional program is not NAAB accredited. Eligibility to apply to this program requires a professional 5-year B.ARCH or accredited M.ARCH degree.

The University of Washington offers a unique center for high-performance building design and construction. Depending on student interest and resource availability, synergistic research and employment opportunities may exist with departmental faculty. This may include opportunities at the UW Integrated Design Lab (UW IDL), the Design Machine Group (DMG), and/or the opportunity to conduct building performance research at the Bullitt Center, a six-story net-zero energy office building that was the first to earn Living Building Certification, the most challenging benchmark of sustainability in the built environment.


For application requirements and materials, see M.Arch Admissions.

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The course of study commences during the Autumn quarter with two faculty-led colloquia, Topics in High Performance Buildings and Research Practice, which allow students to explore and refine their interests. These foundational courses combine with graduate level design studios and selective classes in Sustainable Systems and Design to comprise the core of the curriculum. During the Spring quarter this culminates with an advanced design studio and Capstone seminar that provides students with the opportunity to explore a topic of their own interest. A minimum of 45 quarter-credits will be required for the completion of the program which can be accomplished in three quarters (nine months), if desired.

Download the M.Arch HPB curriculum template.