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Study sustainable design

Develop your professional capabilities in sustainability
Design buildings that meet the world’s need to reduce human impact on ecological systems.

What is sustainable design?

Sustainable design is the field of creating efficient and environmentally responsive buildings, and retrofitting existing buildings to meet today’s environmental demands. The key elements of sustainability in building design are site optimisation, minimal waste, reduced energy and water consumption, a holistic and integrated approach, and enhanced indoor environmental experiences.

The integrated approach of this program will give you the knowledge to address sustainability issues without compromising building functionality or profitability. The course integrates units from the architectural sciences, building services, and high‑performance buildings courses.

This program is tailored for design and related built-environment professionals who wish to improve their knowledge and skills in sustainable design, and for graduates of the Bachelor of Architecture and Environments.

Our program produces graduates who are leaders in sustainable design in many of the best-known professional firms and consultancies across Australia and Internationally.

Sustainable design courses

The Master of Architectural Science (Sustainable Design) is industry-focussed with regular site visits, interactions with a range of international collaborators and internship opportunities with leading businesses and consultancies. You will develop the tools and approaches required for sustainable building, including construction technologies, energy analysis, lighting innovation and the integration of urban ecologies.

Related courses

At the master’s level, our Architectural Science (Sustainable Design) degree will take 1.5 years full time to complete (72 credit points). The program can also be taken at the level of:

Our inspiring students

Greg Zheng

Master of Architectural Science (Sustainable Design)
Sustainability Consultant, Arcadis

"Coming off construction site roles, the Sustainable Design degree revitalised my skillset and assisted with my career transition. As sustainability is a fast-evolving industry, it becomes common to find yourself getting involved in different aspects of built environment design, as well as the emerging opportunities within business strategies and operations. This makes it a unique profession, offering access to wide range of career pathways."

Sihui Wang

Sihui Wang

Master of Architectural Science (Sustainable Design)

"One of my most significant achievements was receiving the 2015 Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers NSW Student of the Year Award, where I used knowledge gained from sustainable design principles and building energy analysis. I’m now conducting a research project trying to better understand occupants’ thermal comfort level, which is a key purpose of sustainable design.

"These experiences are crucial for understanding real‑world problems and finding solutions for them, and will contribute to my future professional success.”

Paola Moran Sato

Master of Design Science (Sustainable Design)

"I was led to study sustainable design by my desire not only to improve our world today, but also to leave a lasting legacy that withstands the test of time and the environment. As an architect, I believe that sustainable design plays a decisive role in minimising our impact on the planet, improving our health and socioeconomic development. 

"Upon completion of my degree, I was given the opportunity to join a top-tier and multi-award-winning architectural firm, Fender Katsalidis Mirams Architects (FKM Architects), where my skills and knowledge are a valued contribution to the practice. My degree has also given me the satisfaction of contributing to build a better world for future generations."

Lisanlu Kri 

Master of Architectural Science (Sustainable Design and High-Performance Buildings)

“During my masters, I was fortunate to intern with Grosvenor Engineering Group as a building optimization intern. This was made possible by the connection the University of Sydney had with the industry. The internship gave me real responsibilities, cross-functional exposure and the opportunity to apply my knowledge from the lecture room to real-world experience.

"Working closely within the building optimization division gave me the opportunity to drive positive environmental impacts through energy efficiency, building management control system and innovative technology in high rise commercialbuildings. At my current role as a Sustainability Consultant, I get to work with clients who genuinely aim to contribute towards a sustainable society.”


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