Within the architecture and interior design curricula, technological issues that relate to design are addressed in various courses. This broad area includes a number of different categories: structures, construction, interior building systems, and environmental technologies. This course is part of a series of courses offered in both the architecture and the interior design programs that deal specifically with the issues of the environmental technologies.
In Design Science 3 (Environmental Technologies), we address thermodynamics, the physics of light and electric lighting, daylighting, acoustics and basic mechanical systems. In previous Design Science courses, basic considerations related to thermal control and daylighting were addressed, but in this course we explore these issues quantitatively. In the graduate level Environmental Technology course, electricity, communications systems, plumbing, fire protection, movement systems, and advanced systems, both passive and active for thermal control and lighting, are addressed.