U.S Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Professionals Practicum


AIAU is excited to host the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® Professionals Practicum. 

This cohort-based learning program provides architects and design professionals the opportunity to enhance their building science expertise while gaining practical experience in designing and championing zero energy projects. The Solar Decathlon Professionals Practicum is intended to increase the number of practicing design professionals and organizations providing zero energy design services.

Are you up for the challenge?

  • Who are you? An early- or mid-career architect or design professional
  • What are you looking for? An expert-led practical experience in designing zero energy projects  
  • What does it require? 10 weeks of building design prompts, expert-led discussions, and a project with a zero energy target
  • Why should you register?  You'll get what you're looking for, and more ...

Participant Benefits

  • Weekly engagement with an experienced zero energy design professional and facilitator 
  • Discussion, collaboration, and relationship building with a community of architecture and design professionals
  • Expansion of professional design process
  • Practice in evaluating and designing for zero energy targets
  • Ability to articulate and implement the “how” of zero energy design in architectural practice
  • Automatic enrollment in the Solar Decathlon Building Science Education series on AIAU for reference and additional LUs
  • 12 AIA LU|HSW

If you are interested in future sessions, please complete this short interest form and we’ll let you know when new sections launch!