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Built Environment

Program Overview

410 Gould Hall

The PhD in built environment a College-wide, interdisciplinary degree program housed within the College of Built Environments. Provides students a common core of substantial, integrated knowledge concerning the multi-faceted built environment and then offers areas of specialization in three discrete fields of knowledge and practice:

  • Sustainable Systems and Prototypes (across a range of scales, from building elements and assemblages, to buildings, site, and neighborhood context, city, and region)
  • Technology and Project Design/Delivery (focusing on design of computing tools for planning and design and other built-environment fields)
  • History, Theory, and Representation studies (focusing on issues of regional-global modernity)

Graduate Program

Graduate Program Coordinator
410 Gould Hall, Box 355740
(206) 543-5996

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

  1. Program application form
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. An exhibit of work which best illustrates applicant's interests and abilities related to the built environment. May be an essay, a paper, a publication, a report, or a project for which the applicant has had major responsibility.
  5. Statement of purpose
  6. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
  7. Prospective international, immigrant, and permanent resident students whose native language is other than English and who have not received a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution where the native language is English: TOEFL, with a minimum score of 92 on the Internet-based test.

Program Requirements

90 credits minimum

  1. Core courses (21 credits):
    1. B E 551, B E 552, B E 553
    2. Colloquium/Practicum (2 quarters at 3 credits each)
    3. Research methods and design: 6 credits from list, including both qualitative and quantitative coursework
  2. Specialization (minimum 30 credits): One of three fundamental areas (sustainable systems and prototypes; technology and project design/delivery; history, theory, and representation), within which the student takes advanced and specialized coursework and conducts the dissertation research project. Courses within the College of Built Environments and in other UW units are available.
  3. General Examination: Written and oral.
  4. Dissertation (30 credits): Concludes with a final oral defense.