Discover and innovate the Living Building Challenge with students across disciplines in SOS 498/594!

The Living Building Challenge, currently the most demanding sustainable building certification framework, is comprised of seven performance areas, or Petals: Site, Water, Energy, Health, Materials, Equity and Beauty. A Living Building harvest its own energy and water, is built on a previously-developed site, has no toxic materials, recycles its own waste, promotes social equity and has elements that are purely for human enjoyment.

This workshop course will utilize the LBC as a framework for conducting analyses and creating a conceptual design for a sustainable building project that contributes to the circular economy.

The specific project will be announced before the start of the course, upon completion of negotiations with interested potential clients.

Sound like something you’d be interested? Sign up for SOS 498/594 – Designing a Living Building.


The course is intended for an interdisciplinary cohort of students from Sustainability, Engineering (including Industrial and Construction Management), Design (including energy modeling, architecture, interior and landscape design), Urban Planning, Anthropology, Business and Social Sciences/Humanities in order to address LBC integrated needs.

Instructors include Fernanda Cruz Rios,

  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20
  • Sustainability students must have completed at least nine hours of Challenge Area Track Courses (SOS 320-328) and have a major GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Email with your name, ASU ID number, the title of the workshop and a copy of your resume to request an override in order to register for the course.


Fernanda Cruz Rios

Ashley Mulhall
Orcutt Winslow Partnership

Mick Dalrymple
Arizona State University