Master of Science in Architecture & Environmental Design | College of Architecture & Environmental Design | Kent State University

Master of Science in Architecture & Environmental Design

The Master of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design (MSAED) is a research-based graduate program of study open to applicants with professional, pre-professional and non-professional degrees in aligned areas. It is intended to provide students with a strong intellectual basis for a broad platform for research in significant areas relevant to design disciplines. The program approaches graduate education in environmental design as an opportunity to investigate more thoughtful relationships between humanity and the natural and built worlds.

Through the MSAED program, students will explore research paths leading to an expanded role for empirical and theoretical knowledge and inquiry-based leadership in the design professions. The degree program provides graduates with extensive research skills and experiences that enable them to identify and address complex problems facing the built environment currently and in the future. The MSAED program emphasizes collaborative research and cultivates original thinking in professional environments. The diverse coursework of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s undergraduate programs, coupled with graduate offerings from other degree programs at Kent State University, provides students with ample opportunities to choose areas of research uniquely tailored to their interests.


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.