Graduate Programs

The Building Science, Technology and Sustainability (BSTS) program at UC Berkeley aims to influence practice and improve the performance of buildings by educating future building industry professionals.

UC Berkeley faculty in the BSTS program study environmental quality in buildings, and ways of producing desirable environments in an energy and resource efficient manner. The environmental attributes studied (thermal, luminous, air quality, acoustic) have both physical and psychological dimensions.

Our intellectual objectives for graduate research includes uncovering the processes by which buildings affect their occupants, and evaluating the human, economic, and energy consequences of such effects, and incorporating this knowledge in new procedures to design more exemplary buildings. A secondary objective is to prepare students for careers involving building sciences, by having them participate in important funded research ongoing at Berkeley, and by engaging them in the activities of the professional societies where research is presented, debated, and put into forms that influence design practice.

Applying to the BSTS Program at UC Berkeley

Applications to the M.Arch, M.S. and Ph.D. programs are all due in December for admission to the Fall semester of the following year.  For details about program requirements and application forms, please see the College of Environmental Design admissions page. If you are specifically interested in studying with Professors Gail Brager or Stefano Schiavon, please review this letter to prospective BSTS students  to help candidates decide if our program is the right fit, and prepare their applications. For reference, examples of past Ph.D.dissertations are here.

For information related to administrative questions please contact Here are links for more information about the MS program and the Ph.D. program.

Recent Graduates

Our students have a unique opportunity to interact with 50+ firms that are a part of the CBE Industry Consortium, with bi-annual conferences and CBE’s unique link to the commercial building sector. This is part of the reason all of our students are able to find jobs upon graduation, including these most recent alumni:


Year Name, degree 1st affiliation after graduation
2022 Isabelle Hens, MS Atelier Ten
2022 Emily Lamon, MS Tangible Materials
2022 Emily Miller, MS Arup
2021 Yuming Xu, MS Mayers+ Engineers
2021 Jing Yuan, MS Johnsons & Johnsons
2021 Won Hee Ko, PhD Assistant Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology
2020 Carlos Duarte, PhD CBE
2020 Jonathan Woolley, PhD Emanant Systems
2020 Benjamin Taube, MS Guidehouse
2019 Megan Dawe, MS Carbon Lighthouse
2019 Dana Miller, MS EnelX
2018 Joyce Kim, PhD Assistant Professor at University of Waterloo
2017 Caroline Karmann, PhD Arup, EPFL
2017 Gabriela Vasconcellos, MS Atelier Ten, Integral Group
2017 Sebastian Cohn, MS Association for Energy Affordability
2016 Soazig Kaam, MS BuildingIQ, Inc.; WeWork
2016 Sara Tepfer, MS Arup; GSD/Harvard
2016 Jared Landsman, MS Integral Group
2015 Kit Elsworth, MS KieranTimberlake
2015 Priya Gandhi, MS WSP
2015 Kristine Walker, MS Pacific Gas & Electric
2014 Bin Chen, MS WSP Global
2014 Jingjuan (Dove) Feng, PhD Taylor Engineering
2014 Gwen Fuertes, M.Arch/MS Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
2014 Anoop Honnekeri, MS P2S Engineering
2014 Margaret Pigman, MS Resource Refocus LLC
2013 Mallory Taub, MS Arup; Gensler
2013 Rongxin Yin, MS Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
2012 Katie Ackerly, M.Arch/MS David Baker Architects
2012 Chadrayee Basu, MS Carnegie Mellon University
2012 David Fannon, MS Syska Hennessy Group; Associate Professor at Northeastern University
2012 David Heinzerling, MS Taylor Engineering
2012 Brennan Less, MS Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
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