Building Sustainable Dreams


It was a huge responsibility. In school projects, if something goes wrong, the worst-case scenario is that you’ll get a bad grade. But as real-life architects, there is no such thing as a bad grade. Money, time and people’s lives are at risk.”

This is how Shaymaa Hesham, a graduating senior majoring in architecture, described her experience in the Sustainability in Architectural Design Studio class, taught by Khaled Tarabieh, assistant professor of sustainable design. In the class, students were empowered to create their own architectural designs based on real-life community needs. They were challenged to not only create the architectural designs, but also develop a holistic plan that includes nancials, feasibility studies and other practical concerns.

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