High Performance Buildings (M.HPB.)

The Master of High Performance Buildings degree—offered jointly by the College of Architecture and Armour College of Engineering’s Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering—is a post-professional program for individuals seeking the skills necessary to create design-driven, technologically innovative sustainable buildings.

Illinois Institute of Technology is located in Chicago, long one of the world’s foremost hubs of architecture and engineering. We perfected long-span construction here and birthed the supertall tower—we know what it means to build. Students benefit from this legacy of continuous invention, supplemented by immersive study with leading architects and engineers.

From new construction to energy-efficient retrofits, the program emphasizes mastery of cutting-edge building technologies in a hands-on setting, as well as an integrated approach to design practice that seamlessly blends building science, energy efficiency, and advanced l systems integration to reduce the environmental impacts of buildings.

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This program has received the Zero Energy Design Designation from the U.S. Department of Energy, acknowledging it as a leading education program that is preparing tomorrow’s architectural and engineering leaders to design and build the most sustainable buildings possible.

Program Overview

The Master of High Performance Buildings degree aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the theories, methods, and technologies necessary to create energy-efficient, healthy, and sustainable buildings.

Career Opportunities

The Master of High Performance Buildings degree will prepare students for specialized roles in the architecture and building industry, such as:

  • Green building professional
  • Building performance specialist
  • Building energy analyst
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The Master of High Performance Buildings degree is a 30-credit, one-year program, although there is flexibility for working professionals who wish to complete the degree program while working full time.

Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete before the start of the term, a professional Bachelor of Architecture degree or a Master of Science in Engineering degree from an accredited educational institution with at least a B average (GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent).

Featured Faculty

Edoarda Corradi Dell Acqua
Senior Lecturer of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
Photo of Mohammad Heidarinejad
Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering
Brent Stephens
Department Chair Arthur W. Hill Endowed Chair in Sustainability Professor of Architectural Engineering Director of Architectural Engineering Director of Environmental Engineering
Eva Kultermann
Associate Professor Associate Dean of University and Academic Affairs