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Sustainability in the Urban Environment

Dr. Latif Jiji, Founding Program Director

Prof. Hillary Brown, Current Director

George Smith, Program Manager

Steinman 301B• Tel: 212-650-6974

General Information

This program offers the Master of Science in Sustainability degree.

This innovative, interdisciplinary program draws upon emerging approaches in each of the disciplines of architecture, engineering, and science, and prepares students for the burgeoning field of sustainability. The program’s goal is to train current, emerging, and next-generation professionals to solve pressing local, regional, and global sustainability problems. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to plan and implement strategies for sustainable development of buildings, open spaces and infrastructure, energy, water resources, air quality, land use, waste management, transportation, urban planning, and construction. The curriculum enables students to acquire experience in interdisciplinary analysis of advanced concepts, principles, and methodologies for solving a wide range of challenging sustainability problems. Graduates are trained to work in diverse professional settings involving collaboration, interaction, and communication with teams of scientists, engineers, architects, and others.

Requirements for Admission to the Master’s Program

Students are admitted to the Master of Science in Sustainability program after completing a Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Sciences, or Engineering. Applicants with degrees in other fields —especially Social Sciences—may qualify for admission to the program depending on their experience and academic background. Applicants must have achieved at least a 3.0 average in their undergraduate work. Applicants are required to complete the Graduate Admissions Application (online) and provide an official transcript from the college awarding the Bachelor’s degree and three letters of recommendation. The application package can be obtained online from Students with baccalaureate degrees from non-English-speaking countries must submit an IBT TOEFL score of at least 79.


Yiannis Andreopoulos, Michael Pope Chair and Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Diploma in Mech. & Elec. Engr., Nat’l Tech. Univ. of Athens; M.Sc. & D.I.C. (Aeronautics), Imperial College, London, Ph.D. (Aeronautical Engineering).

Amy Berkov, Assistant Professor, Biology
BFA., Univ. Colorado; Ph.D., CUNY.

Karin Block, Assistant Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Science
A.B., Univ. of Michigan; Ph.D., CUNY.

Hillary Brown, Professor, Architecture
M. Arch., Yale Univ.; F.A.I.A.

Lance J. Brown, ACSA Distinguished Professor, Architecture
B.Arch., Harvard Univ., M.Arch. (Urban Design); R.A., A.I.A., A.C.S.C., D.P.

Matthew W. Daus, Esq., CUNY Distinguished Lecturer
B.A. Brooklyn College, M. Law, NYU; J.D., Touro College.

Vasil Diyamandoglu, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
B.S. (C.E.), Bogazici Univ. (Istanbul, Turkey), M.S. (C.E.); Ph.D. (C.E.), Univ. of California (Berkeley).

Kevin Foster, Associate Professor, Economics
B.A., Bard College; M.A., Yale Univ., Ph.D.

Jane Gallagher, Professor, Biology
B.S.-A.M., Stanford Univ., Ph.D., Univ. of Rhode Island.

Gordon A. Gebert, Professor, Architecture
B.Arch., M.I.T.; M.Arch., Princeton Univ.; R.A.

Peter Gisolfi, Professor and Chair, Architecture
B.A., Yale Univ.; M.Arch., M.L.A., Univ. of Pennsylvania; R.A.; R.L.A.

Jorge E. Gonzalez-Cruz, Professor, Mechanical Engineering
B.S. (ME), Univ. of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, (ME); Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology.

Toni L. Griffin, Director, J. Max Bond Architectural Center; Professor, Architecture
B.Arch., Notre Dame; Loeb Fellow, Harvard Univ.; R.A.

Barry Gross, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
B.A. (Physics/Math), Yeshiva Univ.; M.S., The City College; Ph.D., CUNY.

Denise Hoffman-Brandt, Associate Professor, Architecture
B.A., Univ. of Pennsylvania; M.F.A., Pratt Institute.

George John, Associate Professor, Chemistry
B.S., Univ. of Kerala (India), Ph.D.

Nir Y. Krakauer, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
Ph.D., Cal Tech.

Johnny Luo, Assistant Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Science
B.S., Peking Univ. (China); M.Phil., Columbia Univ., Ph.D.

Kyle McDonald, Terry Elkes Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
B.S.(E.E.), Georgia Inst. of Tech.; M.S., Johns Hopkins Univ.; M.S. (E.E.), Univ. of Michigan, Ph.D.

Nicholas Madamopoulos, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
B.S., University of Patras (Greece), M.S., CREOL/School of Optics, PhD.

Fred Moshary, Professor, Electrical Engineering
B.S. (Applied Physics), Cornell Univ., M.S.; Ph.D. (Applied Physics), Columbia Univ.

Robert E. Paaswell, Distinguished Professor, Civil Engineering
B.A., Columbia Univ., B.S., M.S.; Ph.D, Rutgers Univ.; P.E. (New York).

Michael Piasecki, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
Diploma (C.E.), Univ. of Hannover, Germany; Ph.D. Univ. of Michigan.

Federica Raia, Associate Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Science
B.S., Univ. of Naples, Ph.D.

Ali Sadegh, Professor, Mechanical Engineering
B.S. (ME), Arya-Mehr Univ. of Technology; M.S., (ME), Michigan State, Ph.D.; P.E. (Michigan); CmfgE.

Michael Sorkin, Distinguished Professor, Architecture
B.A., Univ. of Chicago; M.A., Columbia Univ., M.Arch., M.I.T.

Achva Benzinberg Stein, Professor, Architecture
B.L.A., Univ. of Calif. (Berkeley); M.L.A., Harvard Univ., F.A.I.A.

Hansong Tang, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
B.S. (M.E.) Wuhan Univ., M.S. (C.E.); D.Sc. (Math), Peking Univ.; Ph.D. (C.E.), Georgia Tech.

Christian Volkmann, Associate Professor, Architecture
Dipl. Arch. ETH, Eidgenossische Technise Hochschule (Switzerland).

June Williamson, Associate Professor, Architecture
B.A., Yale Univ.; M.Arch., M.I.T.; M.U.P., The City College of New York.

Ann E. (Beth) Wittig, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
B.S., Univ. of California (L.A.); Ph.D., Univ. of Texas (Austin).

Yael Wyner, Assistant Professor, Secondary Education/Biology
B.S. (Biology), Yale Univ.; Ph.D. (Biology), New York University.

Pengfei Zhang, Associate Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
B.S. Univ. of Science & Technology of China; M.S., Montana Tech of the Univ. of Montana, Ph.D., Univ. of Utah.