Asee peer logo

Integrating Sustainability Into Studio Design Curriculum

Download Paper |


2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

Start Date

June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010



Conference Session

Instructional Innovations in Architectural Engineering Education

Tagged Division


Page Count


Page Numbers

15.774.1 - 15.774.10



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors

author page

Daniel Davis University of Hartford

Download Paper |

NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract



At the University of Hartford, we have established an architectural program founded on integration. Architecture by its very nature is connected to other disciplines, yet architectural education is often criticized for a lack of integration in the curriculum. By increasing the awareness of the interrelationship between different areas of study, we are attempting to strike a new and more effective balance.

Considering our mission of integration, we set out to incorporate sustainability into our curriculum. This paper will attempt to provide an overview of the need for, benefit of and cost of sustainable design and how it relates to architecture and engineering education at the University of Hartford. We have embarked on a 3 step process to bring sustainable design into the design studio curriculum.

Need for Sustainability

Building construction and operation have extensive direct and indirect impacts on the environment. Buildings use resources such as energy, water, raw materials, generate waste (occupant, construction and demolition) and emit potentially harmful atmospheric emissions. Building owners, designers and builders face a unique challenge to meet demands for new and renovated facilities that are accessible, secure, healthy, and productive while minimizing their impact on the environment.

Recent answers to this challenge call for an approach that considers all phases of a facility’s life cycle. This approach supports an increased commitment to environmental stewardship and conservation, and results in an optimal balance of cost, environmental, societal, and human benefits while meeting the mission and function of the intended facility or infrastructure.

Sustainable design is the philosophy of designing physical objects, the built environment, and services to comply with principals of economic, social, and ecological sustainability. (Wikipedia)

Benefits of green buildings

The benefits of green buildings are many, some of which are listed below. ≠ Environmental benefits

Davis, D. (2010, June), Integrating Sustainability Into Studio Design Curriculum Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--15951

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2010 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015