Design with nature
The most important client
you’ll ever have
Enroll for one semester and discover a new world
Learn to use nature as a model, develop and deepen your environmental awareness, and explore the exciting challenge of designing a healthy, just and sustainable world. Join us for our in-depth and experiential Ecological Design Certificate program and discover what it means to design with nature.
CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO DESIGN FOR A SUSTAINABLE WORLD
One of the unique aspects of the Ecosa Institute Certificate in Ecological Design is that students work on a diverse team and engage with actual clients, real sites and real budgets. Students work on a number of projects each semester, both large and small, that incorporate ecological design principles and also meet client needs.
“The only way to make significant change is through a design revolution”
LEARN FROM the Beauty and ecology of the american southwest
Field trips are a core part of the Ecosa Institute Ecological Design Certificate. Throughout the semester we take field trips to spectacular historic and contemporary sites throughout the Southwest. These trips are integrated into the learning experience to provide a basis for discussion and to place sustainable design into a broader context.
What’s new at Ecosa Institute
Ecosa Institute alumni are having an impact on our world and we applaud their ongoing accomplishments. We want to tell others how a semester at Ecosa Institute “changed my world outlook,” in the words of alum Sarah Derheim. Watch our blog space for more news about the...read more
Can a Building be an Ecosystem? The concept of "Biotecture" is introduced here by Tony Brown, Ecosa Institute Founder and Program Director. The article was first published on the Triple Pundit website, a product of Ecosa Alum Nicholas Aster, and was re-posted in the...read more
by Tony Brown and Laura Kasper Our Design with Nature approach builds upon the theories of “green architecture,” “sustainable design” and “urban ecology." Design with Nature incorporates ways to integrate and honor natural environments while still providing for human...read more
Get A Preview of What It's Like to Be A Student at Ecosa Institute!
A few years ago we consulted with homeowner Marie Jones of Flagstaff, AZ to design a house made from shipping containers. We’ve published many of the lessons along with the story of this project in a free e-book, Getting Started With Container House Designs. This e-book offers a little preview into some of the design challenges you might encounter as an Ecosa student. Enjoy!