College of Environmental Design

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Current Releases from the College of Environmental Design


June 25, 2019

Berkeley MDes


The University of California, Berkeley, is launching an innovative advanced degree in design for emerging technologies. The new Master of Design (MDes) program is a 3-semester degree offered jointly by the College of Engineering and the College of Environmental Design. The College of Engineering's Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation will play a key role in developing and delivering the core curriculum for this new program.


November 13, 2018

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Van Buren, award-winning architect and co-founder of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, was awarded the prize in recognition of her pioneering work in the field of restorative justice and gender equity in architecture.


July 2, 2018

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UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design (CED) has launched a unique 11-month Master’s program that revolves around a central mission: to build more sustainable, prosperous and equitable cities.

May 17, 2018

Estuary Commons Rendering

Bay Area design collective imagines floating neighborhoods, underwater highways and a flood-proof future

The All Bay Collective turns conventional planning ideas upside down with a new proposal that adapts the San Leandro Bay area to future sea-level rise and groundwater flooding. ABC co-developed the design proposal with representatives from eight community groups: East Oakland Collective, Oakland Climate Action Coalition, Scraper Bike Team, Merritt College Brower Dellums Institute for Sustainable Policy Studies, Planting Justice, HOPE Collaborative, East Oakland Building Health Communities, and Repaired Nations.

ABC proposes to create a Tidal City by floating whole urban neighborhoods in new saltwater lagoons and using excavated dirt to build landforms to protect these floating neighborhoods. “It may seem crazy to float cities in tidal ponds, but it makes sense in California. Floating foundations can keep us safer in dangerous earthquakes and the landforms around ponds can protect people from waves,” said Kristina Hill, associate professor at UC Berkeley.



Nov. 29, 2017

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Study suggests lack of correlation between green certification and occupant satisfaction

Architects, building engineers, policy makers and building owners often rely on green certification programs — such as LEED in the U.S. or BREEAM in the U.K. — to achieve more sustainable and healthy built environments. But does simply achieving green certification necessarily translate into creating a more satisfactory interior space in terms of indoor environmental quality? Read about this study co-authored by CED architecture professors.

August 28, 2017

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College of Environmental Design Launches Masters in Real Estate Development + Design

The College of Environmental Design (CED) at the University of California, Berkeley announces the inception of an innovative advanced degree in real estate development. 

August 25, 2017

New Global Urban Humanities Certificates announced

UC Berkeley Spearheads Methods of Studying Cities with New Global Urban Humanities Certificates

New Undergraduate and Graduate Certificates in Global Urban Humanities will accelerate experiments in studying urban life by bringing together disciplines ranging from anthropology and architecture to music and rhetoric.

July 24, 2017

New Faculty Member -- Anna Livia Brand

LAEP Welcomes New Faculty Member Anna Livia Brand

Dr. Anna Livia Brand joins the College of Environmental Design this fall as an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning. Her research speciality is the intersection of race and space, specifically looking at historic black mecca neighborhoods and how they change through the processes of gentrification and resistance. 

June 21, 2017

Global Access Program launched

College of Environmental Design Launches Global Access Program

New International program for undergraduate students interested in developing their studies in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Sustainable Design to start in Fall, 2017.

June 15, 2017

Sea Ranch Grant

CED Archive Receives Joint Grant to Digitize Sea Ranch Collection

The Environmental Design Archives (EDA) at the University of California, Berkeley, in collaboration with the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), have been awarded an $82,000 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). 

April 14, 2017

New Certificate in Design Innovation now available

Newly Launched Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation Promotes Creativity, Collaboration at Cal

New Berkeley Certificate program offers UC Berkeley undergraduate students an introduction to the latest in design thinking as a critical and creative means to innovate, imagine and advance a globally just future.

April 13, 2017

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Spring Frameworks Alumni Magazine Available Online

Read the latest articles about what our alumni, faculty, and students have been up to in the spring edition of Frameworks, the College of Environmental Design's bi-annual alumni magazine.

April 6, 2017

embARC summer program announcement

CED embARC Summer Design Academy Design Build Partner Confirmed

UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design announces the UC Berkeley Food Pantry as the embARC Summer Design Academy's 2017 community design build partner.

March 1, 2017

Christelle Rohuat Wins Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship

MCP Student Christelle Rohaut Wins Prestigious Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship

College of Environmental Design student Christelle Rohaut (MCP ‘18) and her mentor, Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning Malo Hutson, have been awarded the prestigious Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship, a year-long program that supports design, engineering and business endeavors relating to the circular economy. 

March 1, 2017

embARC Crowdfunding announcement

CED Summer Programs Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

The College of Environmental Design Summer Programs launches crowdfunding campaign for the embARC Summer Design Academy.

January 25, 2017

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Center for the Build Environment Celebrates 20 Years of Collaborative Research

This spring, the Center for the Built Environment (CBE) at UC Berkeley will celebrate two decades of research that’s yielded a broad and valuable body of knowledge, innovation, publications, and industry impacts.


December 21, 2016

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Turning up the Heat Could Help Tropical Cities Cool Down

Slightly raising indoor temperatures and equipping office workers with smart fans saves significantly on overall office building energy costs while maintaining employee comfort, according to new research that could guide the design and operation of new and existing office buildings in the world’s tropical regions.

December 5, 2016

Front of Thimby's entry at the SMUD event

Professor Ronald Rael to Publish New Book, Borderwall as Architecture

Part biographical account of the physical barrier dividing the United States of America from the United Mexican States, Borderwall as Architecture is also a protest against the wall and a projection about its future through a series of propositions.

December 5, 2016

Front of Thimby's entry at the SMUD event

Body Unbound by Professor Jean-Paul Bourdier to Release in December

Professor of Architecture Jean-Paul Bourdier’s newest book of photography, Body Unbound, continues his visual exploration of human existence through the physical, ethereal and our cultural ancestry. 

October 26, 2016

Front of Thimby's entry at the SMUD event

UC Berkeley's THIMBY wins Second Place in SMUD's Tiny Home Competition

Tiny House in My Backyard (THIMBY), an interdisciplinary team of College of Environmental Design and other UC Berkeley graduate and undergraduate students, won second place overall in the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Tiny Home Competition.

September 26, 2016

Gabriel Metcalf announced as inaugural DCRP Robert Cornish Endowed Chair

Spur President and CED Gabriel Metcalf named Inaugural Robert S. Cornish Chair

San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) President and CEO, and College of Environmental Design alumnus Gabriel Metcalf (MCP ‘02) was recently named as the inaugural Robert S. Cornish Endowed Chair of Regional Planning.

September 13, 2016

Carme Pinos awarded Rupp Prize

Spanish Architect Carme Pinós Awarded 2016 Berkeley-Rupp Prize

Carme Pinós, an award-winning architect and educator, is the 2016 recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize, the University of California, Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design (CED) announced today.

September 6, 2016

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Center for Built Environment to Blend Smart Ceiling Fans and Communicating Thermostats

A research team led by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment plans to develop ways to integrate commercially available “smart” ceiling fans and communicating thermostats, and to evaluate how they may improve energy efficiency and comfort in multi-family residential and small commercial buildings.

August 24, 2016

Robert Cervero

CED Faculty Transitions for the Fall Semester

The College of Environmental Design saw a number of faculty changes this summer.

July 7, 2016

Danika Cooper

CED Welcomes New Faculty Member Danika Cooper

Cooper, a landscape designer, urbanist and researcher, has joined the department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design as an Assistant Professor

July 7, 2016

Daniel Rodriguez

Department of City & Regional Planning Welcomes Professor Daniel A. Rodriguez

Dr. Rodríguez to join the College of Environmental Design this fall as Chancellor’s Professor of City and Regional Planning.

June 21, 2016

ASLA Honors Professor Chip Sullivan With Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal

ASLA Honors Professor Chip Sullivan With Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Chip Sullivan as the 2016 recipient of the Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal for significant and sustained excellence in landscape architecture education.

June 21, 2016

Chip Sullivan illustrates the landscape in newly published collection of comics

Chip Sullivan Illustrates the Landscape in Newly Published Collection of Comics

Professor Chip Sullivan's new book features comics, vibrant illustrations on design aesthetics and landscape planning.

June 17, 2016

Professor Rene Davids publishes new anthology on city building, topography

René Davids Authors and Edits Anthology on City Building in Latin America

"Shaping Terrain" focuses on the ways existing geography has shaped postcolonial urbanism in Latin America.

April 18, 2016

Students perform as part of the Global Urban Humanities Initiative

Mellon Foundation extends funding for Global Urban Humanities Initiative

UC Berkeley’s Global Urban Humanities Initiative will conduct four more years of interdisciplinary studies on cities and urban life, thanks to $1.5 million in renewed funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

April 13, 2016

Oakland School Children at Ground Breaking Ceremony

Rethinking School Lunch Oakland Program to be studied by UC Berkeley Faculty

The UC Berkeley Food Institute has given a DCRP Faculty team $50,000 to study new reforms in the Oakland Unified School District’s meal program in an effort that could help schools across the country.

March 17, 2016

Bo Chung winner of Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship

MCP Student Wins Prestigious Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship

Bo Chung (M.C.P '17) and his mentor Malo Hutson, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning, are one of eighteen teams selected by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for the fourth Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship.

March 3, 2016

Galen Cranz Authors New Book

Galen Cranz Authors New Work About Using Ethnography for Architects and Designers

Ethnography for Designers teaches architects and designers how to listen actively to the knowledge people have about their own culture according to Professor of Architecture Galen Cranz's new book.

February 24, 2016

Jon Stryker, President Arcus Foundation

Jon Stryker Receives Inaugural Catherine Bauer Wurster Award for Social Practice

Jon Stryker (M.Arch ’89), founder and president of the Arcus Foundation, is the first recipient of the College of Environmental Design’s Catherine Bauer Wurster Award for Social Practice. The award recognizes the significant achievements of a CED alumnus toward advancing social justice, environmental conservation, and fair urban development.

February 22, 2016

Karen Chapple, Professor City and Regional Planning

UC Center Announces The Winner of its Second Annual UCCS Bacon Public Lectureship and White Paper Competition

Professor Karen Chapple from the Department of City and Regional Planning, is announced as the second annual UCCS Bacon Public Lectureship and White Paper Competition.

February 9, 2016

Neyran Turan


Neyran Turan joins the Department of Architecture

The Department of Architecture welcomes our newest faculty member Neyran Turan as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture.

January 22, 2016

David Lehrer and Lindsey Graham

Center for the Built Environment Wins Catalyst Energy Innovation Award

David Lehrer and Lindsey Graham of the Center for the Built Environment pitched a winning project at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Catalyst Energy Innovation Prize Demo Day held in December in Philadelphia, PA.

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