Built Environments Prospective Student Day

Build your future at the University of Washington

Welcome from Dean Cheng

I am happy you are here, we in CBE are excited to have you join us as we propel thoughtful, innovative research, design and professional work within the built environments. Our college, with its five distinct disciplines and strong partnerships with industry professionals and community, is primed to lead the way in discovering solutions to some of the biggest challenges we face as a society. Thank you for being here, I hope you enjoy our Virtual Visit Day.

What will you BE? Find out at the College of Built Environments


The Department of Architecture is the oldest and largest unit in the CBE, being founded in 1914 and continuing through the years to offer a rigorous design education.

Broadly speaking, we value excellence in research and teaching, the traditions of architecture within the context of social and technological change, the continuing legacy of craft in the making of architecture, an activist and community-based design process, and ethical action to address human and environmental concerns. We especially value our role in a multidisciplinary college within an urban public research university that critically engages the city as a physical, cultural and ecological system. In addition, we embrace diversity broadly construed to include the range of our research and teaching interests as well as the composition of our faculty and student body.

To learn more about our department, please join our Virtual Open House, which will include faculty presentations, and opportunities to chat with current students and recent alumni. We encourage you to check it out, and look forward to meeting you!

Virtual Open House

Landscape Architecture

The University of Washington’s Department of Landscape Architecture is at the leading edge of education in the discipline, utilizing a framework of Urban Ecological Design to engage contemporary societal and environmental challenges, explore interdisciplinary opportunities, incorporate methods of community-infused design, and address social injustice through our research, teaching and community service. 

We promote a design practice that is socially, ecologically, and aesthetically grounded, intended to improve ecological functioning, preserve histories of cultural significance, and foster more resilient approaches to design and management of our built environments. As a framework, we believe Urban Ecological Design has emerged as a critical approach for cities and urbanizing regions in the 21st century.

Join us for our Virtual Visit Day to learn more about our program, our departmental pillars and the exciting and innovative research taking place here. We look forward to meeting you!

Landscape Architecture Open House

Urban Design & Planning

Our Masters of Urban Planning (or MUP) program is built on the idea that Urban Design and planning sit at intersection of many different topics, issues and disciplines. We believe that investing in our own communities through studios and community-based projects is the best way to approach this new urban age we are living in, successfully, strategically and effectively.

Being a part of Seattle, a city rich with urban design and planning opportunities, programs and projects, you get to build your education – and launch your career – around the community you live in.

Join us virtually to learn more about our renowned  program, our mission, and the opportunities you have as students in our program. We’re looking forward to meeting you!

Urban Design & Planning Open House

The Construction Management and Real Estate Departments will offer prospective student days at a later date.


Maker Space Tour

Join Associate Professor and Fabrication Lab Faculty Advisor Kimo Griggs’ tour of the Built Environments Fabrication Labs, including the Wood Lab, Metal Lab, and Digital Hub. See what our maker spaces have to offer!

Gould Hall

Gould Hall, built in 1971, is named after Carl F. Gould (1873 – 1939), founder and first Chair of the Department of Architecture. The building is reinforced cast-in-place concrete. A large central skylit atrium serves as a gathering place for the College. Gould Hall houses shared college facilities including the Built Environments Library, Digital Commons, Fabrication Lab, Visual Resources Collection, classrooms, and the Dean’s Office, as well as spaces for our departments.

Architecture Hall

Architecture Hall was designed in 1907 by Howard & Galloway of San Francisco and housed the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Physiology respectively until 1950when  Department of Architecture moved into the building.

Architecture Hall’s remodel included opening up the studio spaces on the second floor and the creation of a glazed exhibition and review space. It now houses the Department of Construction Management,  studio spaces, faculty offices, and university classrooms.

Community Design Building

Before its purchase by the University of Washington, this building was a 1980’s cultural icon housing Arnold’s Video Arcade. The Community Design Building currently houses quarterly department studios and student design competitions. This building hosts our Integrated Design Lab and many of our interdisciplinary studios.

Find out more about our maker spaces here.

The Puget Sound region immerses you in vibrant urban spaces, lake and sea, mountain and valley.  Expand your idea of where the built environment might take you.

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Department of Architecture

The Department of Architecture empowers students to be responsive and responsible to society, culture, and the environment. Producing the designers, educators, and researchers who understand that the cities, towns, and rural communities in which we live are more than just a collection of buildings, they are our home.  

Founded in 1914, the Department of Architecture now has approximately 200 students, more than 30 permanent faculty, and seven staff members. We offer the following degree programs: a B.A. in Architecture; a B.A. in Architectural Design; an accredited M.Arch for 2+ and 3+ year students; an M.S. in Architecture with research streams in Design Computing as well as History and Theory; an undergraduate dual degree program with Construction Management; and a graduate concurrent degree program with Landscape Architecture. In addition, certificates in Design Computing and Lighting Design are available to students in the accredited M.Arch program. The department also contributes to interdisciplinary certificate programs in Historic Preservation and Urban Design as well as a college-wide Ph.D in the Built Environment.

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Department of  Landscape Architecture

The Department of Landscape Architecture educates students to be innovative leaders in public service and private practice while creating positive change in our communities. Our curriculum and our values ensure students attain design expertise and an experiential understanding of human and natural systems through an interdisciplinary approach to project-based learning.

Today, we offer undergraduate BLA and graduate MLA degrees that emphasize urban ecological design, a design practice that addresses the most critical issues of the 21st century. Through our teaching, research and community engagement, we are rooted in the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest and communities around the world.

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Department of Urban Design & Planning

As the world continues to urbanize at an unprecedented rate, the demand for our work in Urban Design and Planning is more urgent than ever. Our planners, designers, and urban innovators are working to empower communities, protect natural and cultural environments, and confront the most pressing urban challenges of our time.

For over 50 years, the Department of Urban Design and Planning has been the leading planning school in the Pacific Northwest. Our mission is to provide the vision, leadership, and skills that shape the great communities in which we all work, live, and thrive.  That is why our programs are built on the idea that Urban Design and Planning sits at the intersection of many different topics, issues, and disciplines. We offer the following degree programs: a B.A. in Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP), a M.Urban Planning, an online M. of Infrastructure, Planning, and Management (MIPM), and the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Urban Design & Planning as well as a Minor in Urban Design & Planning and additional programming in partnership with other disciplines at the College of Built Environments.

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Department of Construction Management

Our program is offering our virtual Open House at a later date. Check back for more details.

The Department of Construction Management has educated construction managers for more than 50 years. Our mission is to prepare individuals for careers in the construction and related industries by providing high quality education, to conduct research that will benefit the construction industry, and to provide service to the community.

 As the construction industry in the Pacific Northwest continues to boom, our program has ramped up to meet the needs of the industry. Almost doubling the number of graduates from 2014 to 2020. In addition, we have around 20 students per year earning their Master of Science degrees in construction management.

Tomorrow’s challenges will be tackled by the students that we educate today.

The Department of Construction Management (CM) is part of the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments.  We offer a variety of degree programs that include a minor, a B.S., a CM/Arch dual degree, M.S.  and certificate programs. Our robust curriculum includes a mix of technical, managerial, and business courses to provide graduates with the essential skills to not only be successful, but to become leaders in the construction industry.

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Department of Real Estate

Our program is offering our virtual Open House at a later date. Check back for more details.

The real estate industry has immediate and profound implications for urban systems, human health, environmental resilience, social equity, and economic vitality.  As such, we understand the interdisciplinary nature of our work which makes the Runstad Department of Real Estate well-positioned to examine the 21st century challenges facing this industry and the broader built environment. 

Our department prepares students for a variety of roles across the diverse real estate industry and among the public, private, and non-profit sectors. While real estate coursework has been offered by the University since the eighties, the Runstad Department of Real Estate attained official departmental status in 2017.  This highlighted the commitment of the University of Washington and College of Built Environments to be leaders in real estate standards of excellence, research, and education. We continue to uphold this commitment by offering a M.S. in Real Estate as well as an Undergraduate Minor in Real Estate.  We also offer graduate certificate programs in Real Estate and in Housing Studies and contribute to the college-wide Ph.D. in the Built Environment.  Additionally, we are proud to house the Washington Center for Real Estate Research which provides applied industry-facing research, including the regular housing reports produced for the State of Washington.

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