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Urban Design and Land Use Academic Programs




University of Washington

Department of Urban Design and Planning

College of Built Environments


Our vision is to provide leadership in contemporary issues of design to our college, university, and region through innovative research and teaching and interdisciplinary collaboration. We champion architecture as a critical urban and cultural practice that integrates a complex array of social, ethical and ecological concerns with the research activities of the academy and the technical advances of the building industries and the profession.




University of California Berkeley

College of Environmental Design


The College of Environmental Design provides leadership to address the world’s most pressing urban challenges. We do this through rigorous research and scholarship, design excellence, innovative pedagogy, open debate, craft and skill-building, critical and theoretical practice, and insights from both the academy and professional practice.

  • Excellent and accessible public higher education
  • Sustainable design, planning and urbanism
  • Aesthetic quality, craft, and technological innovation
  • Visionary yet pragmatic design practice
  • Critical pedagogy and cross-disciplinary learning
  • Social, economic, and environmental justice
  • Ecological and public health
  • Local-global engagement and activism
  • Respect for place, community, and diversity
  • Ethical professional practice and research



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