CHOOSING A DESIGN CAREER NEEDS A ROAD-MAP. ECOSA INSTITUTE WILL HELP YOU CHOOSE THE CAREER THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU.

Ecosa Institute is a non-profit educational organization which advocates designing with nature to find solutions to global issues.
Ecosa has two distinct program offerings in the field of design:
     1.  The Regenerative Ecological (RE-) Design Certificate for adult students who seek a 21st-century perspective on the multiple fields of design, including buildings, urban and land planning, products, ecosystems and landscapes, and communities.
     2.  Architecture, Art and Design summer camp for youth interested in the fields of Architecture and Design.

“In many ways, what students get in one semester is a more holistic understanding of sustainability than they could presently get at any traditional design school.”

-American Institute of Architects

WHAT IS THE RE-DESIGN CERTIFICATE?

MASTER THE FOUNDATIONS OF ECOLOGICAL DESIGN

The core curriculum for the RE-Design Certificate program is based on an interwoven tapestry of 7 “Threads”
      Ecological Design
      Ecological Literacy
      Technology and Skills
      Communication Design
      Art and Culture
      Community and Team Building
      Whole Systems Design

LEARN FROM THE ECOLOGIES OF ARIZONA

Field trips are considered a core part of the RE-Design Certificate Program because they are woven into the learning experience.

  • 3-Day Aboriginal Living Skills trip with instructor Cody Lundin
  • Sunset Crater, Wupatki, Cameron Trading Post, Hopi Reservation
  • Tucson – Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, Mission San Xavier del Bac, rainwater harvesting and ecological living with Brad Lancaster
  • Arcosanti, Cosanti and Taliesin West
  • The Granite Dells, Prescott National Forest and lakes, Arizona’s Central Highlands, Glassford Hill, Prescott Valley, Granite Mountain, Thumb Butte

LEARN FROM INDUSTRY LEADERS

Guest speakers are leaders in the fields of: ecology, open source design, interior design, alternative technologies, urban planning, community design, alternative building systems, biomimicry, sustainability strategies, permaculture, and the patterns of nature, including:

  • Pliny Fisk III, Center for Maximum Building Potential Systems, Austin, TX
  • Mark Lakeman, Communitecture and City Repair, Portland, OR
  • Brad Lancaster, Rainwater Harvester, Tucson, AZ
  • Michael Ben-Eli, Sustainability Labs, New York, NY
  • Cynthia Fishman, Biomimicry and Denver Does Design, Denver, CO

WORK WITH REAL CLIENTS ON REAL PROJECTS

One of the unique aspects of the RE-Design Certificate is project work. Students develop and hone their skills in planning, self-discipline, collaboration, and creativity as they work on a diverse team and engage with actual clients, real sites and real budgets. From constructing a cube that becomes a house to presenting design solutions to a real-life client, projects are a hands-on way of applying what you’ve learned and are an important part of the portfolio you will create.

What are others saying?

“The program that kick-started my career.”

   “Most challenging, inspirational and life-changing semester of my life and career.”

“Ecosa has instilled [in me] a very real day-to-day practice of systems thinking and analysis.”

“ . . . it was the best – balanced and so inspirational.”

“Best. Decision. Ever.”

Who should apply?

Ecosa is looking for those students who want to make a positive change in their communities and their world. As diversity is key to every RE-Design program, our students vary in age, experience, and background. Common characteristics include creativity, a love of design, a love of nature and an open mind.  So whether you are a college student, recent graduate, or a professional considering a career change, Ecosa’s RE-Design Certificate may be for you.

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