MS in Architecture


  • East Falls Campus
  • College of Architecture & the Built Environment

Degree Earned

  • Master of Science

Program Type

  • On Campus

High Performance Building

Building Performance is an emerging discipline in architecture and building science. This knowledge domain investigates questions of performance in the design and construction of buildings across a range of issues, including physical, material, geometric and ‘soft’ performance issues, such as user comfort.

Buildings and their sites have profound effects on both the social and natural environment. High performance building offers ways to positively impact these systems. New methods of architectural design, engineering, and research, such as environmentally sustainable methods and digital technologies, combined with post-occupancy analysis are keys to achieving these benefits. In this context, performance-based design can be approached very broadly, spanning multiple realms – from architecture, to engineering and building science to material science. This increased emphasis on multiple aspects of building performance responds to current economic and ecologic pressures.

Potential Study Areas in High Performance Building are:

  • Building Envelope Systems
  • Smart Structures, Adaptive Structures
  • Building Environmental Systems
  • Controls and Information Technology
  • Sustainability, Whole Building Energy
  • Energy Production and Harvesting
  • Digital Modeling and Fabrication
  • New Material Development
  • Building Physics
  • Construction Methods
  • Data Acquisition and Processing
  • Post-Occupancy Analysis