Cal Week 2021

Cal Week 2021

UC Berkeley’s virtual open house for newly-admitted undergraduate students


Congratulations on your Admission to Berkeley and the College of Environmental Design! 

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to join the innovative community at the College of Environmental Design. 

Should you choose to make the College of Environmental Design (CED) your home for the next two or four years, you will soon experience the distinctiveness of our approaches to architecture, landscape architecture, urban studies and sustainable environmental design. 

The College encourages experimentation, critical thinking, and advocacy in search of better paradigms for the future of our built and natural environments. At CED you will find yourself surrounded by fellow undergraduates, distinguished faculty, graduate students in our professional programs, and doctoral students exploring how to craft places, cities, and regions that are aesthetically compelling as well as ecologically sustainable and resilient, diverse and fair, healthy and prosperous. 

To help you make a decision to say YES to the College of Environmental Design, we invite you to join us during our virtual Cal Week, starting Saturday, April 24th! See our schedule below and log into your MAP@Berkeley portal for access.


Photo: Cal Week 2021


10am-12pm College of Environmental Design Undergraduate Welcome + Major Information Sessions 

Welcome and congratulations from the College of Environmental Design! The first half of this session will include words from our deans, faculty, undergraduate advising team, and students. For the second half, we will host individual major sessions for students to connect with their specific faculty, advisors, and students and ask questions!

Welcome Session (watch here)
Architecture Major Information Session details (watch here)

The Architecture program in CED offers a broad introduction to the field of architecture, and through studies in the various areas it provides opportunities to prepare for specialization in the field in the areas of architectural design and representation, architectural technologies and building performance, architectural history, and society and culture. In addition to offering a sound and well-rounded education, undergraduate studies can also provide pre-professional competency for entry-level employment in architecture, the option for graduate work in architecture, or further studies in a related environmental design field.

Landscape Architecture Major Information Session details (watch here)

We live much of our lives in public spaces and communities. Society looks to landscape architects to design successful, culturally relevant spaces with genuine respect for the natural world. Whether you're more intrigued with the art of landscape design or with sustaining the environment, join us for an inspiring discussion about the exciting, important and timely field of landscape architecture.

Sustainable Environmental Design Major Information Session details (watch here)

Sustainable Environmental Design recognizes the emergent, multidisciplinary field of sustainability science, offering students a critical understanding of the sustainability challenges facing urban regions in California and around the globe. This major will equip students with technical, analytic and design tools key to devising creative solutions.

Urban Studies Major Information Session details (watch here)

The study of cities is vital--the world is now more urban than at any time in history, and with this rapid urbanization has come the crucial role of cities as sites of economic development, crucibles of civic citizenship, and spaces of cultural imagination. Join us for an inspiring discussion about the exciting, important and timely field of city and regional planning.

6pm- 7pm Virtual Bauer Wurster Fest

CED’s beloved, newly renamed Bauer Wurster Fest is going virtual! This will be a space completely hosted by current/newly graduated CED students to engage with newly admitted students in a casual format. Students from various CED student groups will be present and available to answer questions on student life and involvements, experiences with remote learning thus far, and much more! 


Recommended watch: Virtual (Reality) Campus Tour of Bauer Wurster Hall

Get to see our beloved, and newly renamed, Bauer Wurster Hall in an interactive and virtual reality setting!

Recommended Watch: Get to Know CED Dean Vishaan Chakrabarti

Dean Vishaan Chakrabarti joined CED in August 2020, and has refocused the college's strategic vision to center upon sustainability, equity, and agency. After more than 25 years working in urban planning around the world and founding architecture firms such as Practice for Architecture and Urbanism, Chakrabarti moved from his home in New York to Berkeley just months after the pandemic began. Dean Chakrabarti is also an alumnus of UC Berkeley and provides a well-rounded perspective on his vision in his talk with campus this past February.


Recommended Watch: CED Faculty Lectures

ARCH + ENV DES: Architecture Beyond Access

Facilitated by CED Director, Urban Studies, and Architecture Professor, Margaret Crawford, CED Architecture alumna Wanda Katja Liebermann’s (MA, BA) lecture will trace the trajectory of disability and design from its local roots to new practices, based on the experience of disability, that stimulate new ways of thinking about form, space, and experience. 

LAEP: Karl Kullmann Presents “Shape of the Land” Lecture

Karl Kullmann is a landscape architect, urban designer and Associate Professor at the College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches design studios in landscape architecture and urban design, and courses in landscape theory and digital modeling and visualization. Karl’s scholarship and creative work currently explores the cultural agency of topographically complex landscapes in the context of landscape and urban design. Karl has published widely on this subject through diverse lenses, including urban topography, green infrastructure, urban wastelands, public gardens, urban decline, spatial orientation and disorientation, design modeling and visualization, mapping and datascaping.

Urban Studies Faculty Lecture: Lessons From Rwanda: What Civil Engineers And Planners Should Know About Building Infrastructure In The Real World With Patricie Uwase

This lecture is presented by the Department of City and Regional Planning, the Center for African Studies, and Global Metropolitan Studies, and facilitated by Associate Professor Of City & Regional Planning, Karen Trapenberg Frick. Patricie Uwase holds a Master of Science in civil and environmental engineering, with a focus on transportation engineering, from UC Berkeley, and is passionate about infrastructure development. Uwase is the permanent secretary for the Ministry of Infrastructure in her native Rwanda and will share her insights in this lecture.


10am-12pm Newly Admitted Student Drop-in Advising

Connect with a CED Advisor in a drop-in session to learn more about your major program, ask questions, and receive resources!


Recommended Watch: Alumni Career & Experience Panels

CED Alumni Career Chat - Transportation Planning

Career Center Assistant Director, Dinorah Meyer, leads a discussion with alumni in the Transportation Planning field on their career path and experience transitioning to the work environment.  

CED Alumni Panel

Hear from a panel of diverse CED alumni on their previous experience in the college, including student life and studio culture; opportunities and pursuits through research, internships, etc.; as well as their current pursuits post-CED. 


Recommended Watch: Archives & Study Abroad

CED Archives Presentation

The Environmental Design Archives (EDA) is a non-profit research facility within the College of Environmental Design committed to raising awareness of the architectural, landscape, and design heritage of Northern California and beyond, through collecting, preserving, and providing access to primary records of the built and designed environment. Learn more from the Archives team on current projects, materials, and collections, and how to use the Archives as a resource.

Study Abroad with CED

Learn more about the opportunities to study abroad as a CED student! Presented by the College of Environmental Design and Berkeley Study Abroad. 



Check out the Newly Admitted Student Page

Visit the CED Newly Admitted Student page for resources on academic programs, transfer course evaluation, and campus resources that can help inform your decision on choosing Berkeley.

Connect one-on-one with a current CED student

Our CED Admissions Ambassadors are happy to connect with newly admitted students! Talk to current CED students, learn more about your new major and life in the College of Environmental Design, and find out ways to get involved by visiting the Ambassadors page, or scheduling a one-on-one session here.

Student-Created CED Guidebook

Virtual Wurster Tours: CED LibraryWurster HallUC Berkeley Creative Life