Course Description

Develop your skills in understanding the increasingly important area of efficient and environmentally responsive buildings, both new build and retrofitted. As a sustainability specialist, you can choose from a range of career pathways across the built environment in commercial property, sustainability consulting, architecture and engineering.

With extensive experience analysing and controlling the physical phenomena affecting buildings, practitioners of Architectural Science have a profound impact on the function, aesthetics and efficiency of architectural spaces.

Sustainable Design professionals are responsible for developing efficient and environmentally responsive buildings, and retrofitting existing buildings to meet today’s environmental demands. Sustainable designers are critical to ensuring that the plans on paper become a reality during and after construction.

In the Sustainable Design program, your skills in sustainable design are enhanced through the Faculty’s expertise in the built environment. Our ‘first principles’ approach enables you not just to perform energy analyses and building assessments, but also to critique and develop further the tools and approaches required for sustainable building.

Your research-leading lecturers take you on site visits and expose you to a range of international collaborators. We leverage our extensive links with industry to bring you internship opportunities with leading businesses and consultancies. And you can use a wide range of electives to pursue your interests in the application of sustainable design theories and methods in architecture, planning, urban design, building services and facilities management.

More detail on the Program (including course planner, credit request forms and timetable links) can be found at the Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning home page.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $22,000 total course cost.
International Students: $30,500 per year full-time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Architecture & Building postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 67.4% (national average 66.5%)
Improved skills: 79.4% (national average 79.4%)
Overall satisfaction: 80.0% (national average 77.8%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Architecture & Building postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 88.5% (national average 83.4%)
Studying full time: 2.3% (national average 5.0%)
Median full time salary: $64,000 (national average $60,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 082895K
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: GNARCHSC1SUD

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