College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley

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Coordinates: 37°52′13.98″N 122°15′17.58″W / 37.8705500°N 122.2548833°W / 37.8705500; -122.2548833

College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley
Website logo of College of Environmental Design
Established 1959 (1894)[1]
Type Public Professional School
Dean Jennifer Wolch
Academic staff
Students 944
Undergraduates 653
Postgraduates 291
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.[3] The Urban Planning program is currently ranked No. 2[4] by Planetizen.


Wurster Hall

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.[5] 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.

In March 2015, the college unveiled a 9' high 3D printed sculpture, entitled "Bloom", which was composed of an iron oxide-free Portland cement powder. This was the first printed structure of its type.[6][7][8]

Alumni and faculty[edit]


Current faculty[edit]

Former faculty[edit]


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[edit]

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 Archives 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.

External relations[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The CED traces its history back to architecture instruction by Bernard Maybeck in 1894.
  2. ^ See The Annual Report PDF for figures
  3. ^ "DesignIntelligence Rankings". 
  4. ^ "The Top Schools For Urban Planners". 
  5. ^ ACSA Architecture Education brief:
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ [3]

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