The Ecological Design Certificate is a design-based, interdisciplinary program focused on the development of a practical framework for the integration of the built environment with locale and region specific natural systems. It is available to all graduate students within the College of Design (formerly the School of Architecture and Allied Arts). Participating students are challenged to develop an in-depth understanding of the relationships between ecological processes, issues of cultural and social sustainability, and urban development and form, as well as how allied design and planning disciplines approach these relationships. Students will acquire a theoretical and pragmatic basis to carry these understandings into the world of practice.
The College of Design at the University of Oregon has a national reputation as a leader in sustainable and ecologically sensitive design. The Ecological Design Certificate Program provides an explicit curricular structure in this area, encouraging students to develop a holistic, ecologically-based design awareness, solidifying the commitment of the University to ecological design, and promoting and upholding its capacity for leadership in the field.