Research is the cornerstone of the program. Thus, each student admitted to the program is expected to take part in a research project. A major contribution to the student’s education in this program comes from the experience gained carrying out research and design on the fundamentals of new technologies and their application to buildings. The research project will normally be on a subject under current investigation by an interdepartmental team of faculty and students or by an individual faculty member.
This research is typically used by a student to fulfill the thesis requirement for the degree. The sponsored research gives the students exposure to both practitioners and other international scholars working with important issues in their field of interest. Many students serve as research assistants, receiving financial support to cover tuition and some living expenses. Research projects range from experiments in specialized laboratories within the three departments to analysis, computer applications and design.