Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Design and Planning
Shape the future of the built environment and unlock infinite research possibilities.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Design and Planning (EDP) at Virginia Tech's Myers-Lawson School of Construction equips students with the professional and academic skills needed to tackle the challenges of designing, constructing, and maintaining tomorrow's built environment, preparing them for successful careers in both industry and academia. Unleash your potential and explore diverse research areas, from building design and construction to operations and end-of-life-cycle. The EDP degree encourages cross-disciplinary research, fostering innovation and collaboration to address real-world problems. With a total of 90 credit hours required, the program is accessible to students from various backgrounds, experiences, and affiliations.
Of students are fully funded
Required credit hours for core courses and research credits
Faculty, student mentorship
About our Program
Through the diverse and comprehensive coursework of EDP, students will study a robust curriculum, spanning from core courses to cross-disciplinary research that bridges different disciplines. This multidimensional approach to education allows students to develop a deep understanding of the built environment and fosters creative problem-solving skills. Students have the flexibility to design their plan of study, working closely with faculty experts who provide guidance and mentorship.
Core Benefits of Our Degree Program
World-Class Faculty and Cutting-Edge Research
Faculty in EDP program are involved in research areas such as building information modeling (BIM), energy-efficient design, green building materials, construction waste management, and resilience planning in urban environments. The diverse research conducted by Environmental Design and Planning faculty not only enhances the educational experience for students but also contributes to the advancement of knowledge and best practices within the construction industry and related fields.
High Demand for Our Graduates
Graduates of Environmental Design and Planning stand out as leaders capable of delivering innovative solutions and driving transformative change in the industry — thanks to the comprehensive foundation they receive from our expert faculty, mentorship from leading construction firms, and a valuable network of peers. Our program's emphasis on cross-disciplinary research and collaboration equips graduates with the skills to address complex challenges and make a meaningful impact on the construction industry and beyond.
Immersing in the Multidisciplinary Culture of Construction
Experience the multidisciplinary culture of the construction industry, engage in practical projects, and seize opportunities for internships, shadowing, and study abroad. Embark on a transformative journey that will help you realize your full potential and become an agent of change within the construction industry or academia.
Embarking on the Environmental Design and Planning program offers a life-changing opportunity to become a leader in the rapidly evolving construction industry and academia.