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Built Environments

Architecture is an essential arena for sustainable innovation. Buildings represent about half the annual energy and emissions in the U.S. and three-quarters of its electricity. With the built environment growing – the U.S. building stock increases by about 3 billion square feet every year – architects have a historic opportunity to transform its impact for the better. At the same time, architecture is in a time of great transition. Globalization, political policy making, advanced materials development, and the challenges facing urban environments place great demands on professional architects to be well versed in concepts outside their immediate field, and able to work effectively with professionals from a variety of disciplines. GIS is leading this transition and transformation by preparing future architects through innovative academic programs that that provide a hands-on and comprehensive understanding of environmental design, planning, and management challenges necessary to make our communities, buildings, and landscapes more sustainable.

Areas of Expertise

  • Smart Buildings
  • Microgrids & Renewables
  • Building Systems
  • Energy Storage and Management
  • Technology
  • Urbanism