Founded in 1996 Ecosa was established as an independent school teaching sustainable design. With a 20 year history of innovation and unique programming Ecosa merged with Prescott College to become a center that studies the interface between the natural and human environments. No matter what degree or career you choose you will benefit from understanding design as a problem solving process. Every product, system, building and city has been designed with little consideration of nature or human wellbeing. Ill-considered design has led to the global climate crisis, species extinction and human inequity among other serious challenges we face. By understanding regenerative design and design thinking we can intentionally design the world so that human communities and nature can be sustained and thrive. The Ecosa approach to education does not hinge on a specialized subject, but instead demands a whole systems view of all the interconnected parts: art, design and technical skills; the impacts of culture and community; urban planning; architecture, interior architecture and alternative building methods; biomimicry, permaculture, the natural world and ecologies; and the roles of technology, communication, and presentation. Through examining and understanding the many aspects of design, Ecosa students will have the tools to be future leaders and help plan for a resilient future.
"As an architecture student, my experience at ECOSA enriched my entire lifestyle by nurturing a more holistic approach to thinking and designing. I’m proud to say it’s the best experience I have had in education. The hands-on study/projects with real clients show how education should be, and all the guests were unbelievable.”
"A whole new perspective on the world! I have a clearer understanding of the systems at work in our society today and the greater implications of all the variables at hand. I have gained more awareness of the complexities of the global challenges facing us today and for the first time, I now feel empowered to be able to tackle these problems and come up with possible solutions. The course was definitely a catalyst for my life and has impacted choices in my daily life as well as my career. ”
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