Green Roofs

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Why study Green Roofs?

This certificate imparts knowledge and skill in the planning, design, installation, and maintenance of green roofs. Green roofs, also known as vegetated roofs, are landscapes over structure, requiring expertise that combines several fields of study: landscape architecture, architecture, horticulture, and landscape design and maintenance. The roof is the final frontier of urban spatial design, and the vegetated urban roof supports environmental, economic, and social components of sustainable urban design. This certificate addresses contemporary issues in living architecture, particularly in this emerging area of expertise. Students who pursue the certificate in green roofs are required to submit an application to the DAAP Student Affairs Office, 5470 Aronoff.

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to

  • Exhibit basic proficiency in the advocacy, planning, design, construction, and maintenance of vegetated roofs.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to the analysis of existing and proposed vegetated roof systems.
  • Describe the benefits and public health, safety, and welfare issues associated with vegetated roofs.
  • Describe applicable policies, codes, regulations, and incentive programs related to vegetated roof implementation.
  • Describe the role of vegetated roofs in sustainable site and building design.
  • Prepare basic feasibility and precedent studies that support the implementation of appropriate vegetated roof systems.

The certificate in green roofs is one of the first in North America, and its faculty are practicing experts in their fields of horticulture and landscape architecture. Students who pursue this certificate may also be interested in becoming Accredited Green Roof Professionals (GRP) with the organization Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to this certificate must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in previous college work. To apply, students should turn in the application to the DAAP Student Affairs Office, 5470 Aronoff.

Students with an interest in landscape, the environment, sustainability, plant health and maintenance, design, and team work will excel in this certificate program. This area of expertise requires the coordination of several areas of expertise to plan, design, install, and maintain these unique landscape environments.

This certificate will supplement the fundamental knowledge and skills offered by undergraduate training in:

  • landscape architecture
  • planning
  • architecture
  • horticulture
  • engineering
  • design
  • construction management
  • environmental studies

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Students interested in this certificate should work with their major advisors to confirm the compatibility with their major's requirements and course schedules. Questions about the certificate should contact DAAP Admissions at daap-admissions@uc.edu or 513-556-1376.

  • The certificate in green roofs is one of the first in North America, and its faculty are practicing experts in their fields of horticulture and landscape architecture. Students who pursue this certificate may also be interested in becoming Accredited Green Roof Professionals (GRP) with the organization Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.
  • The city of Cincinnati, once called the "Queen City of the West" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, provides an excellent array of cultural resources for students who intend to pursue a degree in the visual arts. It offers the energy and assets of a larger city, along with quiet neighborhoods steeped in rich traditions. Cincinnati offers live music venues that range from top-notch symphony and opera companies to a growing pop and rock community. Home to the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Taft Museum and the Contemporary Arts Center, the city also enjoys the presence of numerous art galleries and a strong support system among practicing artists. Cincinnati is situated within driving distance of Chicago, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and New York City, allowing DAAP students to take advantage of the rich cultural resources of these cities as well.
  • UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) is one of the most comprehensive colleges of its type in the country. A collection of nationally respected design and art programs is housed in a unique and educationally stimulating architectural setting. Architecture students have opportunities to enroll in courses in a range of related disciplines and to participate in interdisciplinary studios or special projects.
  • Students learn creative and technical skills in the studio environment, taught by a passionate faculty who interact with their students on a daily basis. The goal is to guide students as they grow both intellectually and professionally.
  • Other educational opportunities include organized travel semesters, foreign study semesters and student exchange programs in England, Germany and Denmark. Many architecture students also pursue joint degrees and certificate programs within the college and the university.
  • The DAAP college library has an outstanding collection of books, periodicals and visual resources supporting architecture, planning, design, art history and related subjects. Access to library holdings is provided by an automated online catalogue, UCLID, which provides access to the University of Cincinnati Library information database, and through OhioLINK, the holdings of other academic libraries throughout Ohio.
  • The Computer Graphics Center is a state-of-the-art university facility with hardware that includes PCs, Apple computers and peripherals such as scanners, plotters and digital video-editing suites. Students have access to sophisticated graphics equipment and receive hands-on instruction to augment the use of laptops in the classroom. All computing equipment is linked by high-speed Ethernet to facilitate access across the campus.
  • The college supports a Rapid Prototyping Center, which is the home of state-of-the-art equipment that allows students to create communication aids for their design projects. Using CAD (computer-aided design) models, students are able to create physical models using three basic methods: 3-D printing, large format laser-cutting and CNC (computer numeric control) devices, including a Komo CNC Router. This facility is intended for all DAAP students to use in creating large-scale design.

DAAP students learn creative and technical skills in the classroom, taught by a passionate faculty who interact with their students. The goal is to guide students as they grow both intellectually and professionally. This, along with a broad liberal arts background, prepares DAAP students for success in their fields.

To satisfy the requirements for the Green Roofs certificate, students must complete 50 percent of the required courses after gaining admission to the program.

Students seeking to transfer from other colleges and programs at UC or another regionally accredited university or college must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in previous college work to be considered for admission. If an applicant has earned an associate degree, the minimum college cumulative grade point average is 2.0.

Application Deadlines

Students should turn in the application to the DAAP Student Affairs Office, 5470 Aronoff.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

DAAP Admissions
PO Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
(513) 556-1376
daap-admissions@uc.edu

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Program Code: 23CRT-GRRF-C2