University of Washington College of Built Environments

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Atrium of Gould Hall

The College of Built Environments (CBE) at the University of Washington in Seattle is the new name, as of January 1, 2009, of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP). The old name was adopted in 1957-58 when the college had only two departments, architecture and planning. Today, the College of Built Environments is made up of five core units: Architecture/Architectural Design, Construction Management, Landscape Architecture, Real Estate, and Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP - formerly Urban Design & Planning). It also houses two interdisciplinary Ph.D. degrees, as well as several other interdisciplinary centers and institutes. The new name reflects an integrated approach to planning, design, and construction that will be necessary to take on the 21st-century global challenges of urbanization and climate change.


The College of Built Environments traces its history to 1914, when the Department of Architecture was founded (initially as a subdivision in a College of Fine Arts). The department grew slowly and focused strictly on architecture until the early 1940s, when a city planning curriculum was inaugurated. After the Second World War, the architecture and planning programs grew rapidly. The College of Architecture and Urban Planning was established in 1957; Arthur Herrman was the first Dean. Architecture and Urban Planning (now Urban Design and Planning) were established as separate departments within the CAUP by 1961; Landscape Architecture and Building Construction (now Construction Management) were established as departments later in the 1960s. Other programs were added in the last forty years, most recently the Ph.D. in the Built Environment in 2003, and the Master of Science in Real Estate in 2009. In 2007 the faculty of the college began searching for a new name. The Regents of the University of Washington approved the name in fall 2008. The College of Built Environments name became official in January 2009.


The College is housed in Gould Hall (named after Carl F. Gould, founder and first head of the Department of Architecture), Architecture Hall (constructed 1907-9 to serve as a chemistry building, but used during the A-Y-P Exposition as the Fine Arts Palace), and several smaller structures.

Architecture Hall in 1909

The College has several facilities for supporting the work of students, faculty, and staff, including the Digital Commons (which houses Computing Services for the College), and the Visual Resources Collection.[1]

Departments and programs[edit]

The four CBE departments offer degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, construction management, and urban planning. The College offers a college-wide Ph.D. in the Built Environment, and participates in an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Planning. Two interdisciplinary certificate programs are shared by multiple departments across the college: Urban Design and Historic Preservation.

In October 2012 the college-wide Built Environments Student Council (BESC) held its first meeting. Including undergraduate and graduate representatives from each department as well as from the two doctoral programs, the 10-member council is committed to facilitating interdisciplinarity, to gathering, formulating, and articulating student interests and concerns, and to communicating through a unified voice to college faculty and staff, in addition to the greater UW community. An official liaison between college administration and students, the BESC reflects a commitment to increased student governance at the college.

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


  • Booth, T. William, and Wilson, William H., Carl F. Gould: A Life in Architecture and the Arts, University of Washington Press, Seattle and London 1995.
  • Johnston, Norman J., The College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Seventy Five Years at the University of Washington: A Personal View, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Seattle 1991.
  • Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, Lionel H. Pries, Architect, Artist, Educator: From Arts and Crafts to Modern Architecture University of Washington Press, Seattle and London, 2007. ISBN 0-295-98698-0
  • Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, "Modern or Traditional? Lionel H. Pries and Architectural Education at the University of Washington, 1928-1942", Pacific Northwest Quarterly 96 (Summer 2005), pages 132-150.

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