About BE

At the University of Washington College of Built Environments (CBE) we value the traditions of design and community building. We do this with a conscious perspective of positively advancing social and technological change. Our unique gathering of disciplines—architecture, construction management, landscape architecture, real estate, and urban design and planning—provides a unique advantage and enables the College to truly define and excel in all areas of built environments. We believe in programs that meet the complex interconnected physical, cultural, and ecological systems in which we live, work and play.

The impact of our faculty and students is profound – and is a result of our five disciplines working together to solve the significant challenges our world faces. Using Seattle and the surrounding Puget Sound metropolitan area as our living laboratory, our 62 faculty members support 850 students studying in 19 degree programs. Home to six research labs and four research centers, we join forces with non-profit groups, government agencies, schools, and development experts on research projects and find solutions to our communities growing needs and changing dynamics. As a result, the CBE community has a significant impact on our region’s future. Our thousands of graduates reflect our values and practice when they launch into their careers, meeting in the work place to collaborate as professionals in every sector of the built environment.

Mission Statement

As a college that embodies multiple perspectives on the creation and stewardship of built environments, we are at the forefront of a global discourse increasingly focused on the process of urbanization, globalization, and sustainable development. Our work has immediate and tangible impacts in the physical world and profound implications for urban systems, human health, environmental resilience, social equity, and economic vitality. As an academic community with a strong professional orientation, we are committed to the advancement of integrated planning, design, construction, development, and investment through teaching, learning, and research in the built environments. Our collective work as a college sits squarely within the broader mission of the University — to advance and disseminate new knowledge through scholarly exchange, creative practice, and public service.

Students enrolled 2016 – 2017 Academic School Year
Undergraduate: 384
Graduate: 514
2015-2016 Scholarship funds distributed: $706,001
Number of scholarship recipients: 255
2015-2016 Research dollars awarded: $1,217,970


The College of Built Environments is an open place for all students, faculty, staff, and community to be themselves and express their values. As a College tasked with launching professionals who will design, plan, build and sustain the infrastructure of our communities, we know it is our responsibility to work for all people. We are continually committed to preserving and expanding the diversity of our people, perspectives, and ideas to fulfill these needs. Read more about College and University resources on our CBE Equity page.


Full time faculty: 68
Affiliate faculty: 101


Construction Management
Landscape Architecture
Urban Design and Planning
Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies

Interdisciplinary vision:

Builders begin with plans, designed by architects and landscape architects, part of bigger ideas developed by urban designers and real estate developers. As the fields in our College intersect with each other in the real world, we see it as our responsibility to prepare students for active and real collaborations. Through mixed discipline studios, travel programs, service learning projects, and research, we teach students to think about the whole process of a project and seek the consultation of others. The College offers a number of dual degrees allowing students to further build their expertise and expand professional opportunities.

Interdisciplinary degrees:

Bachelor of Architecture/Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
Bachelor of Architecture/Bachelor of Construction Management
Master of Architecture/Master of Landscape Architecture
Master of Architecture/Master of Landscape Architecture
Master of Urban Design and Planning/Master of Policy Administration
Master of Construction Management/Master of Public Health

Labs + Centers:

Carbon Leadership Forum
Center for Asian Urbanism
Center for Education and Research in Construction (CERC)
Center for Environment, Education + Design Studies (CEEDS)
Design Machine Group, Discovery Commons
Green Futures Research and Design Lab
Institute for Hazards Mitigation Planning and Research
Integrated Design Lab
Northwest Center for Livable Communities
Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies
Urban Ecology Research Lab
Urban Form Lab
Urban Infrastructure Lab

University of Washington

The College of Built Environments is part of one of the country’s most innovative and forward thinking research based universities. Ranked as one of the top 15 universities in the world, CBE is part of UW’s united community, dedicated to working for the public good. UW’s support for innovation and collaboration allows CBE faculty and students to reach across campus and partner with peers in education, policy, environment, law, social work, business, public health, and engineering. Meaning, we can be an active driver for tangible change related to the preservation and growth of our community.