COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY
The College of Environmental Design is committed to attracting talented students with diverse backgrounds, cultures, experiences and perspectives. We strive to cultivate an inclusive environment for our faculty and students that respect and reflect the diverse communities in which we live and work. The intellectual exchange of ideas, learning to interact effectively with each other, and developing attitudes of responsibility for leadership in society and decision-making, are enhanced through a student community that respects and values the insights gained from various points of view.
Our focus is to engage faculty and students in the critical examination of the intersection of race and ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, power and privilege, poverty and inequality, restorative justice, and other aspects of human identity and relations within the built environment. Our faculty and students create opportunities for action and the implementation of theory into practice.
Our Dean, Jennifer Wolch, works closely with department chairs, faculty equity advisors and our CED Staff Diversity Officers Kathleen Pera (Graduate) and Omar Ramirez (Undergraduate). Whether you plan to be a scholar, or work in the environmental design professions, we welcome you to join our community!
Our faculty are leaders in thinking critically about diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to the CED disciplines. A sampling of our faculty and their research is listed below. A current list of all our CED faculty and their bios is available here.
|Charisma Acey||Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning||Sustainable urbanism in the U.S. and the developing world; environmental behaviors and governance; water and sanitation infrastructure; political economy of poverty reduction and access to basic services; social equity and participatory decision making; public participation GIS and spatial analysis.|
|Nezar Alsayyad||Professor of Architecture, Planning, Urban Design, and Urban History||Traditional Dwelling and Settlements, Cinematic Urbanism, Cultural Heritage, Fundamentalism, Hybrid Urbanism, Islamic Architecture, Middle Eastern Cities, Urban Informality, and Virtual Reality.|
|Teresa Caldeira||Chair and Professor of City and Regional Planning||Comparative urban studies, social theory, ethnography and qualitative methodology.|
|Karen Chapple||Professor of City and Regional Planning||Housing, community and economic development, as well as regional planning.|
|Daniel Chatman||Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning||Land use and development policies; public transportation services; travel patterns and residential choices of immigrants to the U.S.|
|Renee Chow||Professor of Architecture and Urban Design; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies||The intersection between architecture and its locale.|
|Jason Corburn||Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning||Environmental policy & planning; environmental health; urban environmental justice; social & spatial epidemiology; health impact assessment; science & technology studies; social theory; environmental dispute resolution.|
|Margaret Crawford||Professor of Architecture||History of Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Urban History and Theory, US Built Environment Studies, Urbanism in China.|
|C. Greig Crysler||Arcus Chair of Gender, Sexuality & the Built Environment; Associate Professor of Architecture||Activism, spatial politics and the global city, connecting diverse/ interdisciplinary arguments about queer culture and aesthetics to design, outreach and public service.|
|M. Paz Gutierrez||Associate Professor of Architecture||Material systems and ecologies; interdisciplinary data visualization.|
|Kristina Hill||Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and Urban Design||Urban ecology and hydrology in relationship to physical design and social justice issues.|
|Walter Hood||Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and Urban Design||Landscape design; community development; citizen participation, particularly ethnic groups; the design of architecture and the landscape simultaneously.|
|Malo Hutson||Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning||Community development and urban sustainability/equity; racial/ethnic inequalities and urban policy (metropolitan fragmentation, segregation and health); built environment and health.|
|Raymond Lifchez||Professor of Architecture and City & Regional Planning||Accessible design, the social history of architecture, and architectural design pedagogy.|
|Louise Mozingo||Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design||Urban design and planning; design history; social and cultural factors in landscape design.|
|Ronald Rael||Associate Professor of Architecture||Applied architectural research, design activism, additive manufacturing and earthen architecture.|
|Carolina Reid||Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning||Housing, community development, urban poverty and inequality, the Community Reinvestment Act, access to credit and homeownership.|
|Daniel Rodríguez||Professor of City and Regional Planning||The relationship between transportation, land development, and the health and environmental impacts that follow.|
|Jennifer Wolch||William W. Wurster Dean; Professor of City and Regional Planning||Sustainable urbanism, urban design and public health, homeless and human service delivery, animal-society relations.|
The CED Admissions Ambassador Undergraduate Internship Program is a leadership opportunity for current undergraduates. The Ambassadors aid the college's effort to increase visibility of CED-related fields, especially to underrepresented communities, encouraging prospective students to apply to our degree programs. The Ambassadors gain personal and professional skills by reaching out to local, national, and international communities. Outreach is done through high school and community college visits, hosting prospective students on campus, panels, presentations, phone banking, Cal Day, development of multimedia tools, and more. Through training and participation in these outreach activities, Ambassadors facilitate community-building within the college, interacting with fellow undergraduates, graduate students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Ambassadors work closely with advisers in the CED Office of Undergraduate Advising.
If you are interested in more information about the program or would like to connect with a current CED Admissions Ambassador, please contact Omar Ramirez.
For more information on applying to our programs, please visit Undergraduate Admissions.
CED is committed to promoting inclusion, social justice, and equity within the environmental design disciplines. Prospective students who are from a social or cultural background underrepresented in design/urban planning graduate education, or those who have faced challenges due to cultural or family background, economic resources, age, or other circumstances, are strongly encouraged to apply to our graduate programs.
If you are interested in more information about our specific graduate programs, the admissions process, or connecting with an advisor or current graduate student, please contact our Graduate Student Affairs Officers directly using the information below. You may also complete a Prospective Student Interest Form.
For more information on applying to our programs, please visit Graduate Admissions.
For more information on resources and services for Graduate Students, please visit the Berkeley Gradute Division website.
Student organizations offer important services and activities for both graduate and undergraduates students. We value the co-curricular activities and experiential learning provided by our organizations: http://ced.berkeley.edu/students/student-organizations/.
Our alumni are transforming the environment and our communities with education, innovation and passion. Alumni can serve as a key resource in the development of students’ academic and professional careers.
- College of Environmental Design Alumni of Color (CED AOC)
- Chicano Architectural Student Association Alumni (CASA Alumni)
Our students are involved in professional organizations to cultivate their networks, to gain financial and career resources, and to stay informed about the trends/issues related to their fields.
- CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING
- LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE & ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING
- OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
There are various university resources that are available to support our students.
- American Indian Graduate Program (AIGP)
- Berkeley Diversity
- Berkeley International Office (BIO)
- Cal Muslim Students Association (CALMSA)
- Cal Veteran Services Center
- Centers for Educational Justice & Community Engagement
- African American Student Development (AASD)
- Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD)
- Chicanx/Latinx Student Development (CLSD)
- Cross-Cultural Student Development (CCSD)
- Disabled Students' Program (DSP)
- Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
- Jewish Student Union (JSU) – Student Resources
- Office for Graduate Diversity (OGD)
- Student Learning Center (SLC)
- Student Parent Center
- Transfer Student Center
- Undocumented Student Program
- University Health Services - Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS)
The Diversity Platforms Committee (DPC) was formed in 2014 as part of an ongoing efforts to advance equity and inclusion in the CED, as called for in the College’s strategic plan, CED Frontiers.
The DPC is supported by the Arcus Endowment, the result of a generous gift to the CED in 2000 by the Arcus Foundation in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The founder of the Arcus Foundation, Jon Stryker, is a graduate of the CED’s M.Arch program. More information about the Endowment and projects funded by it in the past can be found here.
Each year the DPC issues a Request for Proposals, inviting faculty, students and staff to submit applications for awards to fund creative activities that promote and enhance the critical examination of the intersections between race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, power and privilege, poverty and inequality, restorative justice, and other aspects of human identity and relations within the built environment. You may find a list of currently funded projects on the Diversity Platforms section.
CED is a research institution. Our faculty's research is multi-disciplinary and focuses on issues such as social and environmental justice, equitable design, community change and advocacy, and domestic and global poverty. In addition, the college houses research centers that study the dynamics of design, communities, schools, and the environment at local, regional, national, and global scales. Detailed information about our research units and faculty projects is available here.
Students can become involved in research at CED in several ways. They can contact faculty directly to see if graduate student research (GSR) positions are available or if they can receive independent study credit for assisting faculty with research projects. Students should contact their program advisers for guidelines and restrictions on independent study. The Undergraduate Research at Berkeley website also lists campus-wide research opportunities.