The creative promise of chaos theory and its offshoot, fractal geometry, continues to captivate designers. Equally important but under utilized concepts from chaos theory include sensitivity to initial conditions, amplification of small fluctuations, and interdependence. These three concepts are the bed rock of sustainable design by a) nurturing the creative manifestation of form that reflects with environmental and ecological sensitivity, and b) facilitating an interdisciplinary, collaborative design process involving multiple decision makers from the micro to the macro environment. The first section of the paper discusses chaos theory and focuses sensitivity to initial conditions and amplification of small fluctuations. The second section describes interdependence, the shared foundation between these two concepts from chaos theory and explains its relevance to sustainable design. The third section is a critical analysis of specific case studies that have successfully used fractal geometry and interdependence to create environments that have strong aesthetic, functional, and ecological appeal. The concluding section identifies specific ways through which studio curricula can facilitate a re-conceptualization of the design process as more than solely an aesthetic pursuit.