Sustainable Design

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Sustainable Design implies making decisions at various scales of the built environment (buildings, communities, land use patterns, urban support systems) in ways that support environmental quality, social equity, and economic vitality. The undergraduate minor in Sustainable Design is jointly offered by the Department of Architecture and the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning but also includes interdisciplinary courses across campus. The minor is open to all majors at UC Berkeley.

There is no major program; students interested in pursuing this course of study at the major level should consider the BA in Architecture program or the BA in Landscape Architecture program.

Declaring the Minor

A letter grade of C- or higher in ENV DES 1, LD ARCH 1, or LD ARCH 12 (or a 3 or higher in AP Env Sci) is required to declare the minor. To declare, students must submit the CED Request to Add Minor Form, available on the CED website. When completing the final requirements for the minor, submit the CED Minor Completion Form.

Other Minors Offered by the Department of Architecture

For information regarding other minors offered by the Department of Architecture, please see the applicable sections in this Guide:

General Information

Websites: Department of Architecture, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
Minor Program Faculty Adviser: Mathias Kondolf;; 300 Wurster Hall
Minor Program Staff Adviser: Nancy Trinh,; 250 Wurster Hall
Department Chair, Architecture: Tom J. Buresh,, 232A Wurster Hall, 510-642-4942
Department Chair, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning: Louise A. Mozingo;; 310 Wurster Hall; 510-643-9804
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies: Renee Chow;; 382D Wurster Hall
Director, Office of Undergraduate Advising: Susan Hagstrom;; 250 Wurster Hall
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Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. When completing their final requirements for the minor, students must submit the CED Minor Completion Form, available on the CED website.

General Guidelines

  1. A letter grade of C- or higher in ENV DES 1, LD ARCH 1, or LD ARCH 12 (or a 3 or higher in AP Env Sci) is required to declare the minor. To declare, submit the CED Request to Add Minor Form, available on the CED website.
  2. Each course used to fulfill minor requirements must be completed with a letter grade of C- or above.
  3. Students must earn a 2.0 GPA in the upper division requirements for the minor.
  4. Any course used in fulfillment of minor requirements may also be used to fulfill major and upper division CED non-major requirements.
  5. Courses used to fulfill a breadth requirement may also be used to satisfy minor requirements.
  6. Students may apply the non-CED version of a CED cross-listed course towards the minor.
  7. Students may use up to two courses taken abroad to fulfill upper division minor requirements, with faculty approval of the individual courses.


Lower Division (a letter grade of C- or higher is required to declare the minor)
Select one course from the following:
AP Environmental Science, Passing Score of 3, 4, or 5
Introduction to Environmental Design
Drawing a Green Future: Fundamentals of Visual Representation and Creativity
Environmental Science for Sustainable Development
Upper Division (Five Courses)
Select five courses from the following; a minimum of two courses must be selected from CED courses and a minimum of two courses selected from non-CED courses
CED Courses
Deep Green Design
Energy and Environment
Special Topics in Energy and Environment 1
Special Topics in Construction Materials 1
Advanced Study of Energy and Environment
Research Methods in Building Sciences
Sustainability Colloquium 2
Natural Cooling: Sustainable Design for a Warming Planet
The Secret Life of Buildings
Special Topics in the Physical Environment in Buildings 1
Introduction to Urban and Regional Transportation
Urbanization in Developing Countries
Urban Design: City-Building and Place-Making
Sustainable Communities 4
Healthy Cities 4
Critical Debates in Sustainable Urbanism
Directed Group Study (Building Sustainabilty section and Leadership in Sustainable Design section) 2
Energy, Fantasy, and Form
Ecological Analysis
Plants in Design
Hydrology for Planners
Sustainable Landscapes and Cities
Course Not Available
Geographic Information Systems
Course Not Available
Non-CED Courses
Energy, Culture and Social Organization
Introduction to Hydrology
Climate Change Mitigation
Course Not Available
Technologies for Sustainable Societies 3
Energy and Society
Ecology and Society
Quantitative Aspects of Global Environmental Problems
Water and Development
Seminar in Energy and Resources Issues ("Behavior and Sustainability" or "California Water and Society")
Microeconomic Theory with Application to Natural Resources
Environmental Economics
Natural Resource Economics
Economics of Water Resources
The Economics of Climate Change
Environments of the San Francisco Bay Area
Resource Management
Climate and Energy Policy (Behavior and Sustainability )
Urban Garden Ecosystems
Landscape Ecology
Society, Environment, and Culture
ESPM 155
Course Not Available
Environmental Philosophy and Ethics
Environmental Justice: Race, Class, Equity, and the Environment
Natural Resource Policy and Indigenous Peoples
Environmental Health and Development
Political Ecology
International Environmental Politics
Environmental Education
Food and the Environment
Global Environmental Politics
Challenge Lab (Smart Cities in India)
Environmental Toxicology
Environment and Technology from the Policy and Business Perspective

Special topics courses will be evaluated each semester by student request. Please ask the relevant staff adviser if a course has been reviewed and/or approved. ARCH 149, ARCH 169, and ARCH 249 should be minimum 2 units.


The ARCH 242 colloquium and ENV DES 198 may only count as a third CED course, and may be taken Pass/No Pass for either 1 or 2 units.


CIV ENG 292A may only count as a third non-CED course.


Only with instructor approval for students in their senior year.


Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.


+ Nezar Alsayyad, Professor. Virtual reality, urban history, Architectural history, Middle Eastern Studies, cross-cultural design, cities and cinema, cultural studies of the built environment, environmental design in developing countries, housing and urban development, Islamic architecture and urbanism, traditional dwelling and settlements, urban design and physical planning.
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Mark S. Anderson, Professor. Architecture, building design, BIM, integrated project delivery, building construction, school design, housing design, net zero energy desig, nurban design, building integrated modeling, IPD, design-build, prefabricated, modular, architecture in China, architecture in Japan, urban water.
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William Andrew Atwood, Assistant Professor.

R. Gary Black, Associate Professor. Architecture, finite element modeling, finite element analysis, structure and space, experimental testing, timber connections, teaching structures, integrating structure and architecture.
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Jean-Paul Bourdier, Professor.

Gail S. Brager, Professor. Architecture, comfort and adaptation in buildings, design and performance of offices.
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Dana Buntrock, Professor. Architecture, construction industry, East Asian studies, architectural practice in Japan.
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Tom Buresh, Professor.

Luisa Caldas, Professor.

Christopher L. Calott, Associate Professor.

Greg Castillo, Associate Professor.

Raveevarn Choksombatchai, Associate Professor.

Renee Y. Chow, Professor. Urban design, architectural design.
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Galen Cranz, Professor. Architecture, sociology of space, urban parks, Alexander Technique, chairs, ergonomics, somatics, body conscious design, social research methods for architecture and urban design, ethnography, programming, post occupancy evaluation and assessment, sociology of taste, housing for the elderly.
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Margaret L. Crawford, Professor.

C. Greig Crysler, Associate Professor. Architecture, geopolitics of architectural discourse, globalization and social production of the built environment, architecture and identity.
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Rene Davids, Professor. Architecture and urban design and theory.
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Nicholas de Monchaux, Associate Professor. Architecture, urban design and organization, natural and manmade systems.
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Anthony Dubovsky, Professor.

Harrison Fraker, Professor. Urban design, architecture, environmental design, passive solar, daylighting, sustainable design, sustainable systems, urban design principles, transit oriented neighborhoods.
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Danelle Guthrie-Buresh, Associate Adjunct Professor.

Maria Paz Gutierrez, Associate Professor. Next-generation building systems, self-regulated facades, biologically inspired technologies, multifunctional materials.
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Lisa M. Iwamoto, Professor. Architecture, design, materials research and fabrication.
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+ Raymond Lifchez, Professor. Architecture, patronage of the arts, post revolutionary France.
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Ronald L. Rael, Associate Professor. 3D printed buildings, additive manufacturing, earth architecture, mud, dirt, dust, U.S.-Mexico border wall, arid landscapes, ranching, acequias, alipne deserts, ceramics, rural architecture, ruralism, animation, digital modeling, furry buildings, unnatural materials, rasquachetecture.
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Stefano Schiavon, Assistant Professor. Energy, architecture, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, building energy efficiency, indoor environment quality, productivity, wellbeing, sustainable building design, simulation and verification, personal environmental control system, energy simulation, underfloor air distribution, radiant, post-occupancy evaluation.
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Simon Schleicher, Assistant Professor.

Andrew Shanken, Professor. Memory, visionary architecture, the unbuilt, paper architecture, heritage conservation, architectural representation, urban representation, diagrams, history of professions, historiography, world's fairs, expositions, California architecture, themed environments.
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Kyle Steinfeld, Assistant Professor. Digital design, design computation, data visualization, architectural representation, design methods.
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Jill H. Stoner, Professor. Architecture, architecture as fiction, derivation of spatial words, Jewish ghettos in Italy.
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M. Susan Ubbelohde, Professor. India, architecture, climate and architecture, Le Corbusier, Kahn, Correa, Doshi, culture and practice, daylighting design tools, software evaluation, sky simulator design, low-energy design, California residential industry.
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Marco Cenzatti, Continuing Lecturer.

Roddy Creedon, Continuing Lecturer.

William W. Di Napoli, Continuing Lecturer.

Darell W. Fields, Continuing Lecturer.

Charles Salter, Continuing Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Christopher W. J. Alexander, Professor Emeritus.

Edward A. Arens, Professor Emeritus. Indoor environment, thermal comfort, occupant surveys, building environmental control, ventilation, wind, architectural aerodynamics.
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Richard Bender, Professor Emeritus.

Charles C. Benton, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, thermal comfort, sunlight and shadow patterns, measurement of physical building performance.
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Peter C. Bosselmann, Professor Emeritus. Urban design, architecture, city and regional planning, landscape architecture.
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Gary R. Brown, Professor Emeritus.

Mary C. Comerio, Professor Emeritus. Disaster recovery, housing impacts in disasters, loss modeling, performance based design.
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Clare Cooper Marcus, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, landscape architecture, environmental planning, medium-density housing, public housing modernization, public open-space design, children's environments, housing for the elderly.
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+ Sam Davis, Professor Emeritus.

Margaret Or Penny Dhaemers, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, electronic imaging, 2D and 3D.
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William R. Ellis, Professor Emeritus. Sociology, social issues in architecture and urban design.
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Norma D. Evenson, Professor Emeritus.

Richard E. Fernau, Professor Emeritus.

Paul Groth, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, vernacular architecture, urban geography, suburban America, cultural landscape studies, housing (US).
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Sara Ishikawa, Professor Emeritus.

Yehuda E. Kalay, Professor Emeritus. Virtual reality, new media, computer-aided design, design methods, colaborative design.
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Lars G. Lerup, Professor Emeritus.

Donlyn Lyndon, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, structure of place, ethical dimensions of design.
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W. Mike Martin, Professor Emeritus.

+ Richard C. Peters, Professor Emeritus.

Jean Pierre Protzen, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, design, planning, the logics of design, and construction principles of ancient civilizations, pre-columbian South America, architecture and construction, Tiwanaku in Bolivia, Tambo Colorado in Peru.
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Stanley Saitowitz, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, architecture and cooking, urbanism and computers.
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Maryly A. Snow, Professor Emeritus.

Daniel Solomon, Professor Emeritus.

Claude Stoller, Professor Emeritus.

Stephen Tobriner, Professor Emeritus.

+ E. Marc Treib, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, East Asian studies, Japanese architecture and gardens.
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Sim H. Van Der Ryn, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Department of Architecture

232 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-4942

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Minor Program Faculty Adviser

Iryna Dronova

304 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-2930

Minor Adviser

Nancy Trinh

250 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-0928

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