University of Washington College of Built Environments
The maps and pictures on this page show information about University of Washington College of Built Environments. The College of Built Environments (CBE) at the University of Washington in Seattle is the new name, as of January 1, 2009, of the college formerly called the College of Architecture and Urban Planning. The old name was adopted in 1957-58 when the college had only two departments, architecture and planning. Today, however, the College of Built Environments is made up of four Departments, Architecture, Construction Management, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design & Planning, and houses two interdisciplinary Ph.D. degrees, as well as several interdisciplinary centers and institutes. The new name reflects the integrated approach to planning, design and construction that will be necessary to take on the 21st century global challenges of urbanization and climate change.
The College of Built Environments traces its history to 1914, when the Department of Architecture was founded (initially as a subdivision in a College of Fine Arts). The Department grew slowly and focused strictly on architecture until the early 1940s when a city planning curriculum was inaugurated. After the Second World War, the architecture and planning programs grew rapidly. The College of Architecture and Urban Planning was established in 1957; Arthur Herrman was the first Dean. Architecture and Urban Planning (now Urban Design and Planning) were established as separate Departments within the CAUP by 1961; Landscape Architecture and Building Construction (now Construction Management) were established as Departments later in the 1960s. Other programs were added in the last forty years, most recently the Ph.D. in the Built Environment in 2003, and the Master of Science in Real Estate in 2009. In 2007 the faculty of the college began searching for a new name. The Regents of the University of Washington approved the name in fall 2008. The College of Built Environments name became official in January 2009.
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The College is housed in Gould Hall (named after Carl F. Gould, founder and first head of the Department of Architecture), Architecture Hall (constructed 1907-9 to serve as a chemistry building, but used during the A-Y-P Exposition as the Fine Arts Palace), and several smaller structures.
The College has several facilities for supporting the work of students, faculty, and staff, including the Digital Commons (which houses Computing Services for the College), and the Visual Resources Collection.