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Master of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design

The Master of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design (MSAED) provides students with a broad platform for research in areas deemed significant to design disciplines in the 21st century. The program approaches graduate education in environmental design as an opportunity to investigate more graceful relationships between humanity and the natural world. To assure a more fulfilling profession in architecture and the allied environmental design arts, professionals will depend increasingly on an expanded mode of practice in which multidisciplinary collaborations and research forms the core.

Through the MSAED, students explore research paths leading to an expanded role for empirical knowledge and fact-based leadership in the design professions. The MSAED provides the graduates with research skills and experiences that enable them to identify and tackle complex global problems facing the professions. The MSAED reinforces collaborative research and cultivates original thinking in 21st Century professional environments. The diverse coursework in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, coupled with graduate offerings from other degree programs at Kent State University, provide students with opportunities to choose areas of research uniquely tailored to their interests.

Areas of Choice for Directed Electives:
  • High-performance & Sustainable Design: addresses multidisciplinary research in the building sciences. It includes thermal comfort, energy and conservation, sustainable design, lighting, acoustics, building systems integration, and building information management. Research in this area emphasizes computational simulation, physical modeling of natural phenomena, and field experiments.
  • Historic Preservation and Building Forensics: emphases multidisciplinary research that includes adaptive reuse, development and maintenance of historic built environments, preservation of landscapes, archeology, and material sciences.
  • Construction Methods and Materials: explores the material aspects, as well as the technical processes, related to construction and emphasizes integrated project delivery, construction management as it relates to the design disciplines, and sustainable construction practices.
  • Digital Design and Fabrication: focuses on research in advanced 3D modeling, scripting, and generative design. Students can explore innovative ways of approaching performative envelopes, construction methodologies, structural systems, and digital fabrication.
  • Design Theories: focuses on works by theorists and intellectuals in the general field of art, architecture, interiors, and urbanism. Special emphasis is paid to the methodological underpinnings of contemporary theory and discipline-specific thinking within the material, philosophical, historical, and social contexts of design.

Students in the Master of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design program must earn at least a total of 35 credit hours.


Intended for applicants holding a professional or pre-professional degree in architecture, environmental design or allied disciplines.

Master of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design Curriculum

Year One

AED 60922

Methods of Inquiry in Architectural Studies


AED 60923

Empirical Research in Environmental Design


ARCH 60301

Theories of Architecture


AED 60930

Applied Research Methods in Environmental Design


Directed Electives


Year Two

AED 66099

Thesis Preparation Seminar


Directed Elective




AED 66199

Thesis I


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Application Requirements + Advising

If you have questions, please contact:
Ms. Lisa Pozo
Administrative Secretary, CAED Graduate Programs
330-672-3765 -