Register for BE 405/505: Data Center Design


With the projected growth of Cloud infrastructure and services globally, there is a great need to address future sustainability concerns with data center design and engineering. The areas of sustainable design for data centers encompass environmental, economic, and social impacts. The range of data center typologies include both new and retrofit conditions for hyper-scale rural infrastructure to small-scale urban edge cloud centers. The approaches to design and engineering for data center buildings, technologies, and systems may range from locally adaptive convergent design to prefabricated unitized modules.

A joint study is taking place amongst three different institutions: Universities of Washington, Pennsylvania, and Arizona. Each institution and set of instructors will examine a different aspect of data center design and contribute to establishing a body of knowledge on the topic. UW faculty, Chris Lee (CM), Jan Whittington (UDP) and Julie Kriegh (AIA), will partner with guest instructors from:

Microsoft and Google

The interdisciplinary studio /seminar class is open to graduate and 4th year undergraduate students from all departments. It is offered as a 3 credit seminar and a 6 credit studio in the following modules:

Studio: Design a Living Building Data Center and Renewable Energy/Materials Community

Seminar: Best practices in the design & construction of prefabricated and/or modular DC

Seminar: Decarbonization, alternative sources of energy, and energy-conserving approaches

Contact: Julie Kriegh with questions (