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  1. #1
    Jun 2005
    Los Angeles

    Sustainable building education/career?

    Hi all, This is my first time on this forum.

    I am writing for some quick advice on how to get my feet wet as a
    sustainable building professional. Although I have taken Architecture
    and Landscape Architecture classes, I think my nature and skills lend
    themselves to more hands-on work and project management. This winter
    I will begin prerequisite classes for a eventual Masters in Construction Management (at U Washington). I won't be able to attend any schools far from Seattle.

    While I feel this type of course work will teach me the skills for a
    career in Construction, I don't think it will address
    sustainable/green building practices. Do you have any suggestions for
    me as to how I may get exposure to sustainable building practices? Do
    you think that a Masters in Construction Management will help me in
    landing a job as a sustainable building professional? Or should I go
    another route (Urban Planning). This will be a career change for me from Project
    Management/Consulting in the healthcare sector.

    Thanks for taking the time to read my post, I am not sure where else to go for advice. Any feedback would be worth gold to me.


  2. #2
    Nov 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Hi Brett,

    Have you looked into getting your LEED (Leadership in Energy and Enviornmental Design) certification? (I tried to give you a link but I'm not allowed yet

    It's pretty technical stuff, but that coupled with a good understanding of the construction process(law, contracts etc.) that you'll learn in school could be useful.

    It seems to me that a lot of the people working as project managers in various aspects of construction (at least in my corner of the world) started out working on the technical side of things - architect/engineer/estimator/contractor - and have progressed to working in a more general managment role with time.

    How you get there depends, I guess, on what aspects of the projects you hope to manage.

    Good luck.


  3. #3
    Feb 2006
    Mexico City, Mexico

    You must know this already but....

    Maybe you can supplement your classes with workshops or training courses from the various green building groups in Seattle. Built Green and USGBC come to mind, but there are probably others

  4. #4
    Cyburbian Plus JNA's avatar
    Jun 2003
    De Noc
    LInk requested is: http://www.usgbc.org/

    Interesting rating system:
    New commercial construction and major renovation projects (LEED-NC)
    Existing building operations (LEED-EB)
    Commercial interiors projects (LEED-CI)
    Core and shell projects (LEED-CS)
    Homes (LEED-H)
    Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND)

    Quote Originally posted by brett wier
    I won't be able to attend any schools far from Seattle.

    Do you have any suggestions for me as to how I may get exposure to sustainable building practices?
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