College of Environmental Design

Research

CED's research projects share common goals: to advance the design and planning fields and to create a more sustainable, humane, equitable, and beautiful future.

Addressing social, environmental, technological, historic, and aesthetic issues, CED’s research projects focus on local and global issues, range in scale from the micro to the macro, involve student participation, and forge a valuable connection between research and practice. Wurster Hall is also home to two campuswide organized research units — the Center for Environmental Design Research (CEDR) and the Institute of Urban & Regional Development (IURD) — that provide research facilities and support to faculty and graduate students from the College of Environmental Design and other departments and programs at UC Berkeley. In addition, the college hosts the Cal Design Lab, a cross-campus start-up enterprise hosting a range of research and teaching activities related to design theory and practice.