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Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Architecture

Welcome to the College of the Canyons Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Architecture (BASA) Program!

Our mission is to educate the next generation of A/E/C industry (Architecture/Engineering/Construction) technicians who are intimately fluent in decarbonized building design and construction practices through iterative, data informed methodologies. Competencies include Sustainable Building Certification System processes (such as LEED + WELL), awareness of the unique management considerations for sustainable architecture projects, and in-depth understanding of the California Green Building & Energy Codes.

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BASA Program graduates are prepared to work alongside other A/E/C industry professionals with immediate employment opportunities as highly capable and productive architectural interns, Building Energy Modeler/BIM/CAD technicians, Sustainable Building Certification System consultants, and construction management technicians for a broad range of employers throughout Southern California.
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A distinguishing objective of the BASA degree program is our strong focus on industry-ready applied sustainable building design, development, documentation, and project management skills. This vocational focus contrasts and differentiates the 4-year pre-professional BASA degree from 5-year NAAB accredited professional Architecture degree programs (B.Arch) which have a broader educational emphasis including the preparation of students for architectural licensure and professional practice leadership positions. Although not a focus of the program, BASA graduates can apply their 4-year Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Architecture degree towards satisfying the educational requirement for state licensure administered through the California Architects Board.

   How To Apply    Attend an Info Session   (link to Calendly)



What is Sustainable Architecture?

The wide range of crises being experienced worldwide and locally due to the effects of climate change and global warming are well understood scientifically; yet the impacts of these crises on the built environment remain largely unaddressed in regard to the resiliency and sustainability of our communities and the built environment in which we reside. Sustainable Architecture is an important means for addressing these challenges by guiding the planning, design, and construction of the built environment to meet the objectives and performance targets necessary to achieve resiliency and sustainability. Learn more about the Sustainable Architecture program at College of the Canyons.





Kate Diamond, FAIA, LEED AP Civic Design Director


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and what we care about.” 

- Kate Diamond, FAIA, LEED AP, Civic Design Director


Verticle line - grayDesign Director | HDR Architecture 

Kate Diamond is HDR’s Civic Design Director and a Design Principal in the Los Angeles office. An award-winning designer, she brings a lifetime personal commitment to sustainable design within the urban context as a key generator of design excellence. More about Kate Diamond.



Sustainable Architecture technicians are in high demand.

A distinguishing objective of the BASA degree program is our emphasis on industry-ready sustainable building design, development, documentation, and project management skills. BASA graduates are uniquely qualified for careers in the A/E/C industry well beyond traditional employment for the field of architecture. Well-paying opportunities in Sustainable Architecture are increasing for both the near and long-term due to ever increasing environmental regulations at the federal, state, and local levels. This demand stems from a need in the A/E/C industry to forecast energy performance which is then used to inform architectural design and modeling for energy code/green building standard code compliance. Likewise, California is a leader in energy code advancement with the utilization of Building Energy Modeling (BEM) growing as an iterative, data driven tool across the A/E/C professions to assist in the design and development of new buildings and as a means for benchmarking & simulating performance improvements to existing buildings. BASA students will also develop in-demand 21st century skillsets in Project Management and small team communication enhancing their versatility and currency with employers in the broader A/E/C workforce. Graduates from College of the Canyons can build rewarding careers in Sustainable Architecture…

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What will I learn and what courses do I need to complete?

The Sustainable Architecture major offers students a multidisciplinary understanding of the challenges being confronted by the field of sustainable design and construction in California and beyond to provide a resilient built environment in response to the effects of global warming and climate change. Students who complete the BASA program will:

  1. Examine the effects of environmental factors and resource consumption on building and site design using a variety of analysis and simulation methodologies;
  2. Evaluate and apply resilient/sustainable building design principles to the design, documentation, code compliance, and presentation of architectural building projects;
  3. Analyze the use and effectiveness of passive and active environmental control systems and resource conservation strategies to achieve resilient/sustainable building design;
  4. Develop architectural designs using advanced Building Energy Modeling (BEM) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) techniques for implementation in residential and non-residential building projects with Integrative Process methodologies to achieve code compliance and sustainable rating system certification; and
  5. Apply professional practice knowledge and skills during required Project Based Learning internship to demonstrate technician employment readiness for the A/E/C industry.


BASA graduates are equipped with the analytical, problem solving, and graphic communication skills required for immediate employment in the A/E/C profession. Information on specific courses required for the degree can be found in the BASA Student Handbook (link)

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Application, Dates, Cost

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  • Application Opens
    February 1, 2024
  • Application Deadline
    May 1, 2024
  • If Accepted, You Will Start
    Late August 2024
  • Estimated Graduation
    June 2026
  • Application Fee  None

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  • Estimated Cost  (For the entire BASA degree, not accounting for Financial Aid)


 - This estimation is calculated for domestic students who are California   residents.  Please read about the cost breakdown on the FAQ page.


Please carefully review:

  • the BASA Admissions Checklist (link) and the BASA Student Handbook (link) to ensure you have completed all of the required courses and preparation necessary prior to beginning an online BASA Admissions Application (link).
  • Learn more about the BASA program by attending an info session. (link to Calendly) 

Contact Us!

☎ (661) 362-xxxx   📧   📍  Location?

A BASA representative will get back to you as soon as possible.