College of Environmental Design


Students work together in the CED facility

Photo: David Schmitz

The College of Environmental Design (CED) has been at the forefront of environmental design education since our founding in 1959. We were the first to combine architecture, planning, and landscape architecture into a single college. All of our programs are designed to guide students toward the creation of sustainable and beautiful buildings, environments, and communities based on sound ethical, social, and ecological principles.

A CED education opens up a world of diverse career possibilities. As a CED graduate, you can pursue fields as diverse as medicine, law, design, construction, consulting, or teaching. Many of our students have gone on to graduate school — studying city planning, architecture, or urban public health. Others are engaged in the practice of urban design, public service, or business-oriented careers such as real-estate development.

CED offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees, has 55 full-time and 35 part-time award-winning teaching and research faculty, over 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and almost 25,000 alumni.

As a CED student, you’ll be among a talented and energetic group making extraordinary accomplishments in all of the environmental design disciplines. CED students frequently win competitions sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association, and the Urban Land Institute. Student organizations support a range of worthwhile activities on campus and in the community, such as Y-PLAN, an award winning initiative encouraging young people to be genuine stakeholders in local planning projects.

Career Services

It’s never too early to start researching career options, marketing yourself, and becoming a known quantity in the professional world. Then, when you’re ready to make the leap, it won’t seem like a big deal at all.

Students at Blake Garden

LAEP students at Blake Garden


Our undergraduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture or urban studies combine general education with an introduction to the environmental design professions, and equip students to work in these and related fields, and for graduate or professional studies.

Undergraduate students may also choose from a variety of minors including Architecture, City & Regional Planning, Environmental Design and Urbanism in Developing Countries. History & Theory of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning, History of the Built Environment, Social & Cultural Factors in Design, and Sustainable Design.

Graduate Students

Graduate programs offer breadth and depth within and across specialty areas, preparing students to become leaders who shape policies and practices in their fields. CED offers accredited professional graduate programs in Architecture, City Planning, Landscape Architecture, and a one-year graduate program in Urban Design.  The Master of Science degree in Architecture is also offered, as well as PhD programs in Architecture, City & Regional Planning, and Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning. Graduate students are often graduate student instructors. Ph.D. students typically collaborate closely with faculty in research, publications and teaching.

Important Dates

Undergraduate Admissions

Applications are available October 1; the filing period is November 1 to November 30. See Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

Graduate Admissions

Application information is available beginning in mid-September. See Graduate Admissions for application procedures and deadlines.

Financing Your Education

There are a number of options available to help you finance your CED studies, including loans, fellowships, prizes and student instructor and researcher employment. Visit our financial aid page to learn more.