UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design

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University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design
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Bauer Wurster Hall
TypePublic Professional School
Established1959 (1894)[a]
DeanRenee Y. Chow[2]
Academic staff

37°52′13.98″N 122°15′17.58″W / 37.8705500°N 122.2548833°W / 37.8705500; -122.2548833
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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 Bauer Wurster Hall on the southeast corner of the main UC Berkeley campus. It is composed of three departments:

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. 6 in the world[4] through QS World University Rankings subject rankings. The Architecture program has also been recognized as the top public program by the journal DesignIntelligence and is currently ranked No. 6 in the United States.[5] The Urban Planning program is currently ranked No. 2[6] by Planetizen.


In 1894, Bernard Maybeck was appointed instructor in drawing at the Civil Engineering College of the University of California. A school of architecture did not yet exist.[1] The School of Architecture at Berkeley was developed by John Galen Howard in 1903 followed by the School of Landscape Architecture, established by John William Gregg, which began instruction in 1913 and City Planning in 1948. In order to encourage an atmosphere of interdisciplinary study, the three schools, with the Department of Decorative Arts, were brought under one roof and the College of Environmental Design was founded in 1959 by, William Wurster, T.J Kent, Catherine Bauer Wurster, and Vernon DeMars. Originally, the school was located in North Gate Hall. Bauer Wurster Hall, the building which currently houses the college opened 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.[7] 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. CED was also an early proponent of design for disability and green architecture, and is home to the Center for the Built Environment.[8][9]

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-foot-tall (2.7 m) 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.[10][11][12]

Undergraduate programs[edit]

  • Bachelor of Arts, Architecture
  • Bachelor of Arts, Landscape Architecture
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sustainable Environmental Design
  • Bachelor of Arts, Urban Studies

Graduate programs[edit]

  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Design
  • Master of Urban Design[13]
  • Master of City Planning
  • Master of Landscape Architecture
  • Master of Real Estate Development and Design
  • Master of Science, Architecture
  • Ph.D., Architecture
  • Ph.D., City and Regional Planning
  • Ph.D., Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Alumni and faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Current faculty[edit]


  • Andrew Atwood
  • Mark Anderson
  • R. Gary Black
  • Jean-Paul Bourdier
  • Gail Brager
  • Dana Buntrock
  • Tom J. Buresh
  • Luisa Caldas
  • Chris Calott
  • Greg Castillo
  • Marco Cenzatti
  • Vishaan Chakrabarti
  • Raveevarn Choksombatchai
  • Renee Chow
  • Mary Comerio
  • Margaret Crawford
  • Roddy Creedon
  • Greig Crysler
  • René Davids
  • Nicholas de Monchaux
  • William di Napoli
  • Darell Fields
  • Danelle Guthrie
  • M. Paz Gutierrez
  • Lisa Iwamoto
  • Ajay Manthripragada
  • Rudabeh Pakravan
  • Keith Plymale
  • Ronald Rael
  • Charles Salter
  • Stefano Schiavon
  • Simon Schleicher
  • Andrew Shanken
  • Kyle Steinfeld
  • Neyran Turan
  • Susan Ubbelohde

City and Regional Planning[edit]

  • Charisma Acey
  • Sai Balakrishnan
  • Teresa Caldeira
  • Karen Chapple
  • Daniel Chatman
  • Stephen Collier
  • Jason Corburn
  • Karen Frick
  • Carol Galante
  • Marta Gonzalez
  • Zachary Lamb
  • Carolina Reid
  • Daniel Rodríguez
  • Annalee Saxenian
  • Paul Waddell
  • Jennifer Wolch

Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning[edit]

  • Peter Bosselmann
  • Anna Livia Brand
  • Danika Cooper
  • Iryna Dronova
  • Kristina Hill
  • Richard Hindle
  • Walter Hood
  • G. Kondolf
  • Karl Kullmann
  • Elizabeth Macdonald
  • David Meyer
  • Louise Mozingo
  • John Radke
  • Chip Sullivan

Former faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The CED traces its history back to architecture instruction by Bernard Maybeck in 1894.[1]
  1. ^ a b "Maybeck's First House Was a Design Laboratory". Berkeley Landmarks. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  2. ^ "RENEE Y. CHOW". UC Berkeley Environmental Design.
  3. ^ "Annual Reports". UC Berkeley Environmental Design.
  4. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020– Architecture / Built Environment". April 21, 2020.
  5. ^ "DesignIntelligence Rankings". 2016.
  6. ^ "The Top Schools for Urban Planners". 2019.
  7. ^ "Architectural Education". ACSA. Archived from the original on July 22, 2007.
  8. ^ Waverly, Lowell; Elizabeth, Byrne; Betsy, Frederick-Rothwell (January 1, 2009). Design on the Edge: a Century of Teaching Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, 1903–2003. College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley. ISBN 978-0-9819667-3-1. OCLC 940646191.
  9. ^ "About Us". Center for the Built Environment. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  10. ^ "Researchers at UC Berkeley Create 'Bloom' – First Ever 3-D Printed Cement Structure That Stands 9 Feet Tall". March 6, 2015.
  11. ^ Lofgren, Kristine (June 20, 2016). "UC Berkeley unveils 3D-printed "Bloom" building made of powdered cement".
  12. ^ Fixsen, Anna (March 6, 2015). "First Powder-Based 3D Printed Cement Structure Unveiled".
  13. ^ "Master of Urban Design".

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