2030 Curriculum Project: New Courses

Five Additional Courses Selected for 2016-2017 Academic Year

New courses have been added to the 2030 Curriculum Project, Architecture 2030’s initiative to support courses at US architecture and planning schools that ‘fully integrate lessons in energy use, emissions, and resiliency into the widest possible range of projects and topic areas, and across all year levels.’

These five courses join others selected for the 2030 Curriculum Project in the fall of 2016, recently called ‘The 7 Best Sustainable Design Courses in America’ by Metropolis magazine.

All twelve courses represent creative and resourceful efforts by faculty and program chairs to integrate critical issues of sustainability in new and unique ways. These are innovative models for transforming the way sustainable design is taught in US architecture and planning schools, particularly in core and early design studios, history courses, electives, and other program areas where this material is not traditionally or adequately addressed.

Architecture 2030 looks forward supporting these inspiring faculty and sharing the successful outcomes of their teaching.

Here are the details on the five new courses:

UC Berkeley, Environmental Design
Gabriel Kaprelian and A. Ghigo DiTommaso, with Chrissie Bradley
DISC*2017 (Design and Innovation for Sustainable Cities) Studio, Summer 2017
DISC* is an intensive five-week summer program that explores an interdisciplinary and multi-scalar approach to design and analysis in the urban environment. Through lectures, urban seminars, workshops, field studies, and studio work, students will engage in discourse and design that aim to address the challenges of urbanism with innovative and sustainable solutions. DISC* 2017 will focus on the urbanized waterfront around the San Francisco Bay Area – addressing population increase, social inequity, infrastructure needs, and the effects of climate change and sea level rise.
UMASS Amherst, Architecture
Ajla Aksamija
ARCH 601-1 Graduate Design Studio IV, Spring 2017
This high-performance building design studio is paired with an elective seminar, ARCH 591 S-1 Sustainable and High Performance Facades. The design problem is a ZNE research laboratory in East Boston. Instruction will focus on energy analysis and simulation, the integration of passive and active building systems, new materials for high-performance envelopes, and the design process for optimizing building performance.
University of Oregon, Architecture
Brook Muller
ARCH 4/584 Intermediate Architectural Design Studio:
‘Hydro-Logical Architecture for the Urban Watershed,’ Winter 2017
This studio highlights the inseparability of water and energy concerns.  Site and building water systems (for rainwater harvest, conveyance, treatment, recycling, discharge, etc.) can drive planning, programming, and other design decisions in high-performance buildings, and can even be a part of passive solutions for heating and cooling. A team of outside consultants advised in crafting the design brief and will assist students and participate in reviews throughout the quarter.
Portland State University, Architecture
Corey Griffin and B.D. Wortham-Galvin, with Kalina Vander Poel
ARCH 232 Architecture and Cultural History III, with Building Science Lab to Advance Teaching (BUILT) Integration, Spring 2017
This course integrates building science performance analysis with an architectural history survey course. During a four-week learning unit at the beginning of the semester, students will work in teams to collect and analyze data from historic buildings in Portland using tools and training provided by BUILT. Awareness and understanding of building performance in the historic context will complement other analyses of these buildings over the course of the term.
University of Wyoming, Civil & Architectural Engineering
Gang Tan and Anthony Denzer
ARE 4920 Energy Engineering and Economics, Spring 2017
Taught by members of the Building Energy Research Group (BERG), this new project-based course relates design decisions to the economic realities of energy use and policy. This course examines the energy chain from exploration and production to consumption. Students will learn about electricity markets, renewables, embodied energy, carbon accounting, variable pricing, and incentives, and they will use economic concepts such as return-on-investment, net present value, asset depreciation, and risk to inform design decisions for projects at multiple scales.  

Photo shows final reviews for Arch 401at Ball State University, College of Architecture and Planning – the studio participated in the 2030 Curriculum Project pilot. The jury are (left to right): Lora Teagarden, AIA, RATIO Architects; Craig von Deylan, AIA , BLACKLINE; Michele Chiuini, Professor of Architecture, Ball State University; Anthony Guida, AIA, Architecture 2030; Drew White, FAIA, AXIS Architecture.

2030 Districts Take Next Step as Leaders on Local Climate Change Action

After five years of support and oversight from Architecture 2030, the fifteen 2030 Districts across North America establish their own non-profit.

The private-sector led 2030 Districts have been established in cities across North America as grassroots efforts to provide a business model for urban sustainability through collaboration, leveraged financing, and shared resources. The 2030 Districts work towards a common goal of meeting the energy, water, and transportation emissions reduction targets for existing buildings and new construction called for by Architecture 2030 in its 2030 Challenge for Planning.

Now, after five years of growth with oversight from Architecture 2030, the fifteen 2030 Districts have established their own non-profit, the 2030 Districts Network, to support their efforts.

“We understood the power of creating a District model to address resource conservation in cities. It has been gratifying to see the market signal that this model is the right way to create change in the industry.”
– Edward Mazria, Founder and CEO of Architecture 2030 and member of the new 2030 Districts Network Board

The 2030 Districts Network includes more than 290 million square feet of member-owned real estate, over 1,000 buildings, and over 600 different member organizations.

While the Districts are managed by their local boards, the 2030 Districts Network was established to support peer exchange across Districts, store and share data, use the aggregate purchasing power of the District membership to secure reduced costs, create national partnership relationships, and influence national policy on transportation infrastructure and building water and energy efficiency.

Previously, Architecture 2030 had run the Network, making sure all 2030 Districts benefit from partnerships, support, and services, including technical support, fundraising guidance, access to national partners, summits, webinars and capacity building workshops.

But with the 2030 Districts’ successful growth – in addition to the fifteen Established Districts, there are five more cities that have reached the Emerging District stage of development – the logical step was for the Network to become its own non-profit organization.

As part of this move, the 2030 Districts have selected the following thirteen members to its initial Board of Governors:

Name Organization Name Organization
Tyler Harris General Services Administration (GSA) Anna Siefken Carnegie Mellon University
Jason Kobeda Major League Baseball Jiri Skopek Jones Lang LaSalle
Edward Mazria Architecture 2030 Tim Thiel Covestro, LLC
Sara Neff Kilroy Realty Jon Utech The Cleveland Clinic
Brett Phillips Unico Properties Jenita Warner Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Dave Pogue CBRE Jill Ziegler Forest City Realty Trust
Megan Saunders Stamford 2030 District

Under this new leadership, the Network will look to build upon the success and expand its reach to more cities in North America and beyond.

“As a national real estate owner and developer, Forest City sees the 2030 Districts Network as a great asset in helping us achieve our sustainability goals, aligning those objectives with municipal plans, and effectively communicating our efforts to stakeholders,” said Jill Ziegler, Forest City Realty Trust’s Director of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, and a new 2030 Districts Network board member. “We look forward to working with like-minded organizations within the 2030 Districts Network to share best practices and further sustainability efforts on a broader scale at all levels.”

The majority of 2030 Districts are located in downtown commercial cores and city centers, which typically have the highest and most concentrated energy and environmental impact. There, the reduction of energy and water consumption, transportation emissions, and improved indoor air quality provides the additional benefit of increased competitiveness in the business environment and owner’s returns on investment. Several of the Districts that are vulnerable to environmental threats such as flooding also focus on community and economic resilience.

The Districts have an impact on raising awareness of climate change and mobilizing community action.  Several Districts have published annual reports documenting their successes and have been able to create meaningful and quantifiable strides to meeting their goals.

The Pittsburgh District member buildings were able to realize a 12.5% drop in energy consumption through the end of 2015 while the Stamford District member buildings saw a 6.2% reduction in energy consumption through 2015.  The entire Seattle District has seen a 10% reduction in energy consumption through 2015.

“Architecture 2030 is delighted to be handing over supervision of the 2030 Districts to their own free-standing organization. The Districts have been a great success, and we look forward to their continued growth and development, supported by the 2030 Districts Network.”
– Edward Mazria