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The Built Environment

Architecture, engineering and construction affect us as individuals, as communities, as nations and as a world. Whatever the scale, the built environment needs to be economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. We seek to enable this by developing knowledge, tools and materials that enhance "triple bottom line" sustainability at all stages of a project's life.

Our academic and research programs include Structural Engineering and Geomechanics , Architectural Design, Construction Engineering and Management, Design-Construction Integration and Sustainable Design and Construction.

Cradle-to-Cradle Design

Our built environment will be sustainable only when its social and environmental context is given rigorous attention at all stages of a project’s life from planning, design and construction to operation, demolition and reuse.

We can no longer allow short-term economic savings to override the potential social unrest of introducing new infrastructure with higher long-term fees. We can no longer believe that considering the environment means being mindful of the natural habitat being displaced by a project and yet ignore resource use, emissions and landfill volume resulting from every project decision. We must improve our fragmented understanding of the interactions between the built environment and its natural, social and economic contexts.

Impact

Through partnerships with industry, utilities, non-profits and governmental agencies, our research insights and the technologies we devise are frequently applied in practice.

Current projects include work on new structural methods that are reshaping building codes in earthquake-prone areas; software tools for managing massive construction projects; novel zero-energy water treatment systems for developing nations; and a new generation of rapidly recyclable building materials that are made from reused waste.

Related Faculty & Staff

Jack Baker

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Sarah Billington

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment

Ronaldo Borja

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Gregory Deierlein

John A. Blume Professor in the School of Engineering

Martin Fischer

Kumagai Professor in the School of Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy

Margot Gerritsen

Senior Associate Dean for Educational Initatives
Associate Professor of Energy Resources Engineering and, by courtesy, of Mechanical Engineering and of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rishee Jain

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Anne Kiremidjian

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Kincho Law

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Michael Lepech

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment

Raymond Levitt

Kumagai Professor in the School of Engineering, Emeritus

Christian Linder

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Eduardo Miranda

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Peter Pinsky

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and, by courtesy, of Civil Engineering

Ram Rajagopal

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy and Professor, by courtesy, of Electrical Engineering

Haresh Shah

Obayashi Professor in the School of Engineering, Emeritus