Green Technology: Design from Salvage

Instructor: Julee Herdt, Professor of Architecture, Architect AIA
BioSIPs, Inc, CEO, Founder

Course Objectives:

  • Focus on reused/recycled sources and non-toxic techniques in design and fabrication
  • Design and build with reduced energy and maintenance as guiding forces
  • Establish a personal aesthetic based on the beauty of reuse
  • Find, don’t buy and thus push creativity

Course Description:
Green Tech is a “real build” course in which students advance their knowledge of environmental design through full-scale construction of architectural elements, furnishings, accessories, household items, lamps, outdoor gear, and even clothing.

In Green Tech, the goal is to spend no money -- or as little as possible -- in order to push design experimentation and creativity, find new sources for design from scraps and waste, and help reduce solid waste to the landfill.  In class, students learn to speak their minds, become resourceful, share ideas, express values, develop fearlessness in material experimentation, and thus find their own unique design voice.

Giving Back Through Design:
Through collaborations with design companies and businesses such as HW Home, FACTORYImade, and Design Within Reach, Green Tech students frequently sell their functional art and architecture projects and donate proceeds in order to raise money for charities such as the Boulder Humane Society, the Dairy Center for the Arts, and CU’s Students in Recovery Center.  The goal is to help students learn the importance of giving back through great design while supporting a cleaner, healthier world.


Social Fulcrum

faculty. Julee Herdt  student. Josh Arndt

Fire Hose Bike Bench

faculty. Julee Herdt  students. Ryan Wakat, Ellen Patten


faculty. Julee Herdt  student. Karina White

Sweet T

faculty. Julee Herdt  student. Louis Koushouris


faculty. Julee Herdt  student. Dwayne Starling

La Banca

faculty. Julee Herdt  student. Diego Hernandez

Ricochet of Light

faculty. Julee Herdt  student. Matt Nickells

Stop Sign Chair

faculty. Julee Herdt  student. Jonathan Miller

Circa 1920

faculty. Julee Herdt  student. Cameron Shampine

Zeebyji Table

faculty. Julee Herdt  student. Ji Lim

Jack Attack

faculty. Julee Herdt  student. Max Cottingham

Till Lights

faculty. Julee Herdt  student. Kara Bowman

Plant Forms

faculty. Julee Herdt  student. Cameron Shampine

Kak Digga

faculty. Julee Herdt  student. Taryn Grant

Green Technology in the News

periodical. colorado daily
pdf: cu-boulder architecture students selling midterm projects

periodical. colorado daily
pdf: paper perfect: a recyclable dress

periodical. colorado daily
pdf: sustainable pet projects

periodical. colorado daily
pdf: projects benefit humane society

periodical. daily camera
link: eco-friendly, functional art 

periodical. denver post
pdf: reinvented