The Energy and Environment program allows students to examine environmental issues related to the built environment, taking full advantage of courses and initiatives throughout the GSD and Harvard University. It is closely associated with the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, providing ways to couple theory with applied research. Examples of research topics include health, natural ventilation, advanced simulation and computation, and Artificial Intelligence.
The curriculum is diverse: from short workshops, half-semester module courses, regular seminars, and lectures, to year-long thesis projects and multi-year lab projects.
The MDes Energy and Environment program is currently designated as a STEM program making international MDes EE graduates eligible to extend their F-1 visas for up to three years in order to work in the United States. This opportunity is subject to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s regulations for the optional practical training (OPT) extension for F-1 students with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees.
For a description of the MDes program, please click here. This will take you to the main GSD website.