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Penn State Student Education

Residential Construction Program

Contributions to the Residential Construction program at Penn State come from multiple departments, including Departments of Architecture, Architectural Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. There are also departments, institutes, centers and programs across the university that support housing and residential buildings, including Department of Risk Management, Institute for Real Estate Studies, & American Indian Housing Initiative. The Residential Construction program is however more structured around the courses offered by the three departments of ArchitectureArchitectural Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as the activities and programs led by the Bernard and Henrietta Hankin Chair in Residential Building Construction, which includes graduate and research activities as well.

NAHB Student Chapter

The Penn State student chapter of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) provides many opportunities for student involvement in activities related to residential construction, including the National Student Competition, site visits, and free lectures from residential industry professionals. Details of membership and current activities are available on their independently managed website, available by clicking above. 

Additional PHRC Education Activities



The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.

We conduct applied research, foster the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfer appropriate technologies to the housing community.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

219 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2341

Fax: 814-863-7304