This one-year program is designed for individuals with backgrounds in architecture or other fields who are interested in engaging interdisciplinary studies that focus on the development of new architectural strategies. Coursework is taught in New York City at the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), a multi-institutional research and professional office collaboration co-hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the internationally renowned architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. This alliance is dedicated to addressing the needs for sustainable, energy-efficient built environments. The core of the program involves the development of an individual thesis project in close collaboration with a thesis adviser. A wide variety of interdisciplinary issues can be studied. Examples include the investigation of emerging building technologies, issues related to communities and technology, etc. Applicants are strongly encouraged to express their specific interests upon application in their statement of background and goals. The program's curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs of students.
Rensselaer is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by a number of professional and academic societies.