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University of Washington

The University of Washington College of Built Environments is one of Places' partner schools.

Located in Seattle on the shores of Union and Portage Bays, bounded by the Cascade and Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound, the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington offers students the opportunity to study design and construction at one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities. CBE houses four departments — architecture, construction management, landscape architecture, and urban design and planning — comprising fourteen degree programs, including four accredited professional degrees and two interdisciplinary PhDs. Built on a tradition of discovery anchored in principled design and community engagement, students at CBE enjoy sustained interaction with civic and professional leaders in one of the world’s most geographically diverse and dynamic metro regions. Seattle serves as a singular laboratory for critical exploration of the interdependent roles of design, planning, urban ecology and construction in the resilience of twenty-first century cities. Practice internships in and around the Pacific Northwest supplement coursework, and students pursue global interests through foreign study in Rome, Copenhagen, Mexico City, Chandigarh and cities throughout Asia. A dozen sponsored research and entrepreneurial centers further enrich professional education and scholarship in the college, including the Integrated Design Lab, the Urban Ecology Research Lab, the Green Futures Lab, the Urban Form Lab, the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies and the Pacific Northwest Center for Construction Research and Education.

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Posts by University of Washington

PLACES: John Schaufelberger Appointed Dean of UW College of Built Environments (11.12.13)
PLACES: Next Eco-City: Emergent Urbanism Symposium (03.20.11)