The College of Built Environments (CBE) devotes its resources to the tangible improvement of built and natural environments. Four departments comprise the college: architecture, construction management, landscape architecture, and urban design and planning. Each prepares students for professional careers involving the design, planning, production, and sustainability of physical and natural environments, as well as addressing policies and programs that engage problems of urban growth and livable communities.
The College offers a variety of programs and degrees focusing on the environmental design and construction disciplines within a liberal arts education. The undergraduate programs of the Departments of Construction Management and Landscape Architecture lead to professional degrees that serve as the educational credentials for careers in their respective fields. Undergraduate programs in the Departments of Architecture and Urban Design and Planning offer students pre-professional undergraduate majors-in Architectural Studies and in Community, Environment, and Planning respectively-that prepares students for professional programs in the design and planning disciplines, as well as related leadership roles in society.
The College offers a variety of professional and post-professional Master's degrees: Master of Architecture; Master of Science in Architecture; Master of Science in Construction Management (evening degree); Master of Urban Planning; Master of Landscape Architecture; and Master of Science in Real Estate. Master's students may elect also to work toward the interdisciplinary Certificates in Urban Design and in Historic Preservation. The College offers two interdisciplinary doctoral degrees: the Ph.D. in the Built Environment and the Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning. All program curricula encompass an appropriate level of design and technical understanding, and include broader social, economic, and cultural issues fundamental to understanding, preserving, and enriching our built and natural environments.
As a part of a major university and metropolis in the Pacific Northwest, the College directly engages this extraordinary setting as a laboratory for study. Faculty members in CBE departments and programs work closely with various professional communities to build curricula and offer experience attuned to the understanding and creation of appropriate built environments.
Mark Baratta, Director
The College provides an extensive computing infrastructure to support student work. Students have easy access to high-speed wired and wireless networking in the College's buildings, computers in labs and studios, a comprehensive collection of software used in our disciplines, specialized hardware (large-format scanning and plotting, laser cutters, 3D printer), an equipment loaner program (laptops, digital cameras (fixed-lens and SLR), camcorders, digital audio recorders, projectors), and consulting. Most classrooms and seminar rooms are equipped with projectors; several have interactive whiteboard displays.
Built Environments Library
Alan Michelson, Librarian
The Built Environments Library, 334 Gould, is the primary location for materials on architecture, landscape architecture, construction management, and urban design and planning. The collection contains 46,745 volumes, 7,500 microforms, and 163 currently-received serial subscriptions and 243 serial titles in total. Access to its collection is provided through the UW Libraries Information Gateway, a single World Wide Web location which encompasses all the library's print and electronic resources as well as tools, services, and the ability to search the library's catalog and a wide range of Internet resources. The Gateway is available in all UW libraries and on the Web at www.lib.washington.edu.
John Stamets, Lecturer
A large photography laboratory is provided with studio and film darkroom facilities for use by photography classes, design-studio classes, special instruction, and independent activity.
Penny Maulden, Director
Fully staffed and well-equipped workshops provide students opportunities to design and make projects using wood, metals, concrete, plaster, plastics and other materials. A wide and deep selection of hand-tools, machine-tools and digital fabrication tools support the instructional use of the workshops and adjacent classroom. Coursework and research supported by the workshops include building design, design/build, furniture studios, structures, materials, and digital fabrication courses. Individual projects including thesis and research can also be accommodated.
Visual Resources Collection
Joshua Polansky, Director
The Visual Resources Collection consists of over 80,000 digital images covering architectural, landscape, design and planning, and construction subject matter, supporting the curricular and research needs of the College. They are accessible to students and faculty through an online image database. New materials for lectures and projects are continually added.
The College of Built Environments offers the following professional and pre-professional undergraduate degree options and opportunities:
College Bachelor Degree Programs
Minors and Dual Degree Options
The College of Built Environments offers the following professional, post-professional graduate degrees, and doctoral options and opportunities:
College Graduate Degree Programs
Interdisciplinary Ph.D Degree Programs
College-wide Certificate Programs
Historic Preservation Certificate Program
The College of Built Environments offers education in historic preservation. This approach reflects a conscious choice to emphasize preservation within the context of the individual design professions. Thus, the curriculum offers an awareness and familiarity with issues involved in the identification, designation, interpretation, and preservation of historic places, as well as the restoration, adaptive reuse, and design of sympathetic new construction in historic contexts.
Open to students accepted into a professional or graduate program in the College of Built Environments, including the M.Arch., M.S. (Arch. History/Theory), B.L.A., M.L.A., M.U.P., and Ph.D. programs. Application is made first for admission to a degree program within the college. Once accepted, a separate "Statement of Interest" form is required. Application is made within the first two weeks of classes for two-year degree programs, and by the end of the first year for three-year programs.
The certificate consists of courses required for the student's degree and an additional, complementary 12-15 credits of preservation study which may not overlap with courses required for students' degrees but which may fall into elective requirements and be part of the total credits required for the degree. We recommend students meet with the program coordinator and Preservation faculty to choose the courses that will best complement their degree program and academic interests in preservation.
Urban Design Certificate Program
The College of Built Environments offers an interdisciplinary program which leads to the Certificate of Achievement in Urban Design for students in the B.L.A., M.L.A., M.Arch., and M.U.P. professional degrees and to students in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning or the Ph.D. in the Built Environment. It is designed to give students in these programs a broad and strong understanding of urban design that they may incorporate into their later professional and scholarly careers.
Any student accepted into the degree programs listed above is eligible and may begin participate in the program by returning a Statement of Interest (this form may be obtained from the program office or the program website). We recommend that students in two-year programs apply at the beginning of their programs and that those in longer programs apply at the beginning of their second year. However, students must possess the necessary design abilities prior to enrollment in advanced studios. Such enrollment is determined by the studio in question (for example, advanced studios may require a prerequisite studio preparatory class and/or previous studios and/or the equivalent as evaluated by the studio instructor).
The certificate consists of courses required for the student's degree and an additional, complementary 12-15 credits of urban design courses, which may not overlap with courses required for students' degrees but which may fall into elective requirements and be part of the total credits required for the degree.
These requirements vary with the students' degree requirements (for example, if a course listed below is required for the students' degree requirements, the student must meet the 12-15 credit requirement by choosing an additional course). We recommend students meet with the program coordinator and Urban Design Program faculty to choose the courses that will best complement their degree program and academic interests in urban design.