Immerse Yourself in an Intensive Semester. Recognized by American Institute of Architects (AIA) and offered to both matriculating and non-matriculating students. 

Ecosa Student Builds Reed Hut

Master the Foundations of Regenerative Ecological Design

Students develop and hone their skills in project planning, self-discipline, collaboration, creativity, and the design process as they work individually and in diverse groups on multiple design challenges. 

ECOSA's core curriculum is based on an interwoven tapestry of 7 “Threads” 

  • Ecological Design Disciplines
  • Technical Design Skills and Technologies
  • Ecological Literacy 
  • Sustainable Community Development
  • Communication Design 
  • Whole Systems Design
  • Art and Culture 

Learn from the Ecologies of Arizona

Field trips are considered a core part of the program You can expect 3 or 4 out-of-town field trips during each program. Overnight accommodations include sleeping under the stars and group campground cooking.  

  • 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 
  • Arizona’s Central Highlands - the Granite Dells, Prescott National Forest and lakes, Glassford Hill, Prescott Valley, Granite Mountain, Thumb Butte.

Study with Industry Leaders

Your instructors 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
  • Jesse Hernreich, Oakhaven Permaculture Center 
  • Mark Lakeman, Communitecture and City Repair, Portland, OR 
  • Mark Riegner, Professor of Evolutionary Theory (Patterns in Nature) 
  • Brad Lancaster, Rainwater Harvester, Tucson, AZ 
  • Michael Ben-Eli, Sustainability Laboratory, New York, NY 
  • Cynthia Fishman, Biomimicry and Denver Does Design, Denver, CO
Tony Brown Container House

Get Experience Working on Real Projects 

One of the unique aspects of the ECOSA Certificate is project work. Check out our Project Page and read more about the varied and interesting projects accomplished by past ECOSA students.

Project work is your chance to operate in the “real world” with actual clients, budgets and demands. Critical thinking, self-motivation and collaboration are the keys to a successful team as you listen to and assess the client’s needs, develop appropriate strategies and plans, and craft a solid visual and oral presentation.

An intesive experience that will help guide your career.