College of Built Environments at the University of Washington.
The College of Built Environments (BE) devotes its resources to the tangible improvement of built and natural environments. Four departments comprise the college: architecture, construction management, landscape architecture, and urban design and planning. Each prepares students for professional careers involving the design, planning, production, and sustainability of physical and natural environments, as well as addressing policies and programs that engage problems of urban growth and livable communities.
The College offers a variety of programs and degrees focusing on the environmental design and construction disciplines within a liberal arts education. The undergraduate programs of the Departments of Construction Management and Landscape Architecture lead to professional degrees that serve as the educational credentials for careers in their respective fields. Undergraduate programs in the Departments of Architecture and Urban Design and Planning offer students pre-professional undergraduate majors—in Architectural Studies and in Community and Environmental Planning respectively—that prepares students for professional programs in the design and planning disciplines, as well as related leadership roles in society.
The College offers a variety of professional and post-professional Master's degrees: Master of Architecture; Master of Science in Architectural Studies; Master of Science in Construction Management (evening degree); Master of Urban Planning; Master of Landscape Architecture; and Master of Science in Real Estate. Master's students may elect also to work toward the interdisciplinary Certificates in Urban Design and in Historic Preservation. The College offers two interdisciplinary doctoral degrees: the Ph.D. in the Built Environment and the Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning. All program curricula encompass an appropriate level of design and technical understanding, and include broader social, economic, and cultural issues fundamental to understanding, preserving, and enriching our built and natural environments.