College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley
|College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley|
|Type||Public Professional School|
|Location||Berkeley, California, USA|
The College of Environmental Design, also known as the (Berkeley CED) or simply (CED) is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. The school is located in Wurster Hall on the southeast corner of the main UC Berkeley campus. It is composed of three departments:
The CED is consistently ranked as one of the most prestigious design schools in the U.S. and the world. The Graduate Program in Architecture is currently ranked No. 7 in the country by DesignIntelligence. The Urban Planning program is currently ranked No. 4 by Planetizen.
The School of Architecture at Berkeley was developed by John Galen Howard in 1894 followed by the School of Landscape Architecture which began instruction in 1913 and City Planning in 1948. In order to encourage an atmosphere of interdisciplinary study, the three schools were brought under one roof and the College of Environmental Design was founded in 1959 by, William Wurster, T.J Kent, Catherine Bauer, and Vernon DeMars. Originally, the school was located in North Gate Hall. Wurster Hall, the building which currently houses the college was built in 1964 and was designed by Joseph Esherick, Vernon DeMars, and Donald Olsen, members of the CED faculty.
One of the CED's early innovations during the 1960s was the development of the "four-plus-two" ("4+2") course of study for architecture students, meaning a four-year non-professional Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree followed by a two-year professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree. The 4+2 program was meant to address the shortfalls of the traditional 5-year professional Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) program, which many architecture educators felt was too rushed and neglected the undergraduate's intellectual development in favor of a strong emphasis on practical design knowledge. The 4+2 program allowed one to receive a broader education including exposure to the liberal arts as an undergraduate and thus a deeper and more thorough education in architectural design as a graduate student.
In 2009-2010, the College of Environmental Design marked its 50th anniversary with a year-long series of events that paid tribute to CED's history and legacy, and engaged the college community in a lively discussion about its future.
Alumni and faculty
- Hans Hollein, Pritzker Prize Laureate
- Kofi Bonner
- Arthur Brown, Jr., architect of the San Francisco City Hall
- Yung Ho Chang, head of the Department of Architecture at MIT
- Edward Cullinan, 2008 recipient of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal
- Walter Hood
- Norman Jaffe
- Wes Jones
- Ray Kappe, founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture
- G. Albert Lansburgh
- Lars Lerup, dean of the Rice School of Architecture
- Julia Morgan, 2014 winner of the AIA Gold Medal and first woman graduate of the École des Beaux-Arts
- Irving Morrow, designer of the Golden Gate Bridge
- Robert Murase, noted landscape architect
- Gyo Obata, co-founder of global architecture firm, HOK)
- Eric Owen Moss, director of the Southern California Institute of Architecture
- Vladimir Ossipoff
- Ananya Roy
- Frederic Schwartz
- Edwin Lewis Snyder
- Marilyn Jordan Taylor, chairman of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design
- Peter Walker
- Harvey Wiley Corbett
- Gwendolyn Wright
- Michael Woo, dean of the Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design, and current Los Angeles planning commissioner.
- Ridwan Kamil, Mayor of Bandung
- Mark Anderson
- Nezar AlSayyad
- Tom Buresh
- Manuel Castells
- Michael Dear
- Harrison Fraker
- Richard Fernau
- Paz Gutierrez
- Walter Hood
- Lisa Iwamoto
- Matt Kondolf
- Louise Mozingo
- Nicholas de Monchaux
- Ronald Rael
- Ananya Roy
- Paul Wadell
- Jennifer Wolch
- Christopher Alexander, Professor Emeritus and developer of the Pattern Language
- Donald Appleyard
- Catherine Bauer
- Denise Scott Brown, partner in Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates
- Neil Denari
- Charles Eames
- Joseph Esherick, 1989 recipient of the AIA Gold Medal
- Sir Peter Hall
- John Galen Howard, founder of the Department of Architecture
- Allan Jacobs
- Spiro Kostof
- Aaron Marcus, graphic designer
- Richard L. Meier, sustainable planning expert
- Bernard Maybeck
- Erich Mendelsohn
- Roger Montgomery
- Charles Moore, 1992 recipient of the AIA Gold Medal
- Dell Upton
- Sim Van der Ryn
CED awards the following degrees:
- A.B. Architecture
- A.B. Landscape Architecture
- A.B. Urban Studies
Graduate and Postgraduate
- M.Arch. - Master of Architecture
- M.S. - Master of Science in Architecture
- M.L.A. - Master of Landscape Architecture
- M.C.P. - Master of City Planning
- M.U.D. - Master of Urban Design
- M.A. Design - Master of Arts in Design
- Ph.D. in Architecture
- Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
- Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning;
Admission to the College of Environmental Design is highly competitive. Following are the admissions statistics for Fall 2006, According to CED's 2007 Annual Report:
- A.B. Arch: 340 students accepted out of 1,375 applicants, or 24.7%
- A.B. Landscape Architecture: 15 students accepted out of 103 applicants, or 14.5%
- A.B. Urban Studies: 18 students accepted out of 95 applicants, or 18.9%
Graduate and postgraduate
- M.Arch.: 42 students accepted out of 1332 applicants, or 6.6%
- M.S. in Architecture: 8 students accepted out of 42 applicants, or 19.0%
- M.L.A.: 42 students accepted out of 149 applicants, or 28.2%
- M.C.P.: 45 students accepted out of 257 applicants, or 17.5%
- Ph.D. in Architecture: 8 students accepted out of 55 applicants, or 14.5%
- Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture: 1 student accepted out of 12 applicants, or 8.3%
- Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning: 5 students accepted out of 62 applicants, or 8.1%
Facilities and services
Wurster Hall provides a rich environment for its community, including the Environmental Design Library, Environmental Design Archives, Research Facilities, a Teaching Garden, Computer Labs, Simulation and Prototyping Labs, a Fabrication Shop, Photography Lab, Galleries, and a full service Cafe.
Environmental Design Library
One of the premier architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning libraries in North America, the Environmental Design Library is a subject specialty library of the UC Berkeley Library system. The Library's collection includes more than 204,000 volumes and subscriptions to more than 800 serials from all over the world.
Environmental Design Archives
William W. Wurster founded the Environmental Design Achieves in 1953, with the personal papers and project records of Bernard Maybeck comprising the inaugural donation. Holding nearly 100 collections, the Archives has become Northern California's premiere collection of historic architecture and landscape records.
Frameworks magazine is published yearly by the College of Environmental Design. Each issue centers around an environmental-design related theme and features article written by CED faculty. The color magazine also includes updates from alumni and other college news. It is mailed to over 20,000 CED alumni, donors, Bay Area design and planning firms, and all accredited design and planning schools nationwide. Portions of each issue are posted online.
CED e-News is the College of Environmental Design's email newsletter published semi-weekly from September through May.
Places is the main journal in the U.S. principally focused on Urban Design. The journal was published by the Center for Environmental Design Research (CEDR). Founded in 1983 by members of the faculty at Berkeley and MIT, the journal stopped issuing printed copies and became 'online only' in Spring, 2009. The magazine is currently published by the University of Arizona School of Architecture and Berkeley remains a partner school.
- The CED traces its history back to architecture instruction by Bernard Maybeck in 1894.
- See The Annual Report PDF for figures
- "DesignIntelligence Rankings".
- "The Top Schools For Urban Planners".
- ACSA Architecture Education brief: https://www.acsa-arch.org/students/education.aspx
- Official site
- Interactive Map of the UC Berkeley Campus
- Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD)
- Environmental Design Library