Sustainable Environments

Master of Design in Sustainable Environments

The Master of Design in Sustainable Environments (MDesSE) at Iowa State University is a post-professional degree that focuses on sustainable design strategies, systems and materials for environmental and product design. The interdisciplinary program is geared toward students who hold professional degrees in art, architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, graphic design, industrial design, planning and/or engineering. Students can pursue concurrent degrees with other graduate programs in the College of Design, including the Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP), Master of Architecture (MArch), Master of Science in Architecture (MS in Arch) and others.

Degree Program
The MDesSE program addresses ways to envision, make and remake landscapes, communities, buildings, objects and images that conserve resources, ameliorate ecological problems and promote social, political and economic justice.

This three-semester, 35-credit graduate course of study offers opportunities to work on a variety of faculty-directed projects that may include funded research, community-based design work and theoretical investigations. The program addresses sustainable design at multiple scales, engaging both systems and artifacts.

Through this degree program, students will:

  • gain awareness of individual professional roles and responsibilities for practices, technologies and methods of design for sustainability,
  • learn to collaborate in a team-based, interdisciplinary design process, and
  • acquire new knowledge, tools and strategies for sustainable design practices in the development of opportunities and markets for engineers, artists and designers.

Students enrolling in this master's program must be proficient in English.

MDSE students can pursue concurrent degrees with other graduate programs in the College of Design, including the Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP), Master of Architecture (MArch), Master of Science in Architecture (MS in Arch) and others.

See the spring 2015 studio's water-quality project for Lake LaVerne on the Iowa State campus.

How to Apply
Marwan Ghandour
Director
(515) 294-3543
marwang@iastate.edu

For other questions, contact:
Meredith Foley, Graduate Recruitment and Student Services Coordinator