The Institute for Ecological Design (I4ED)

The Institute for Ecological Design: Goals

  • ADVANCE SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH IN THE DESIGN FIELDS
    1. Advance sustainable design practice through completion and dissemination of research from grant funded research projects.
    2. Support doctoral level research on issues of design, complementing the existing strength of the department in the field of environment/ behavior studies, to create a Ph.D. program uniquely capable of researching the critical interface of human and building systems performance.
  • ADVANCE SUSTAINABLE PRACTICE THROUGH CONSULTING ON HIGH PERFORMANCE DESIGN PROJECTS
    1. Advance sustainable design practice through architectural design research, professional design assistance, and the development of design methodologies and decision support tools.
  • COLLECT CRITICAL DATA & DEVELOP DESIGN STANDARDS TO INFORM POLICY
    1. Research and document the actual performance of buildings throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest and beyond, and to serve as a clearinghouse for performance based knowledge of architectural practice.
    2. Advance local, state and regional design standards for buildings and their physical contexts and constituent systems through policy related research and advocacy work.
  • LEAD ECOLOGICAL DESIGN EDUCATION & CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
    1. Move ecological architectural design education into the mainstream, both within the professional program at SARUP and throughout the member institutions of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

UWM’s Institute for Ecological Design initiates 2-year international project to study industrial harbor revitalization

The Institute for Ecological Design (I4ED) is pleased to announce a major project aimed at advancing knowledge across the spectrum of ecological architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, all focused on identifying catalytic potentials for the redevelopment of Milwaukee’s Inner Harbor. This project is intended as an unprecedented two year, SARUP-wide collaborative effort with the goal of providing a forum for students, faculty, business owners, elected officials, and the general public to envision the future of Milwaukee’s industrial waterfront together.