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Collection Guidelines: Built Environments: Departmental Foci

This guide provides an outline describing library collection development for the Built Environments Library.


The Department of Architecture offers one undergraduate program:

A Four-Year B.A. in Architectural Design. (UW Arch, "Programs and Courses,"  accessed 05/29/2014)

The Department confers the following graduate degrees:

"The accredited Masters of Architecture comprises two streams: candidates with a B.A. or B.S. in architecture join the two-year program; those with degrees in other fields join the three-year program. The department also offers a one-year Post-Professional M.Arch. The M.S. in Architecture includes concentrations in Design Computing and Architectural History/Theory. The College of Built Environments offers a Ph.D. in the Built Environment." (UW Arch, "Programs and Courses,"  accessed 05/29/2014)

Certificates are offered in four areas:

"The interdepartmental Certificate in Urban Design emphasizes the phenomena of place-making and the connections between site, people, culture, and the urban built response."

"The interdepartmental Certificate in Preservation Planning and Design seeks to prepare professionals skilled in dealing with historically significant issues in design (rather than to train professional restorationists or preservationists)."

"The Design Computing Certificate recognizes M.Arch studentswho devote a significant portion of their studies to digital media and computational techniques in architectural design."

"The Lighting Design Certificate program focuses on the integration and application of light in architecture. This certificate program explores daylighting, electric lighting, and computational lighting analysis, to teach students how to design light that reveals the architecture and supports the visual environment." (UW Arch certificates page, accessed 05/29/2014.)

Landscape Architecture

The Department of Landscape Architecture offers one undergraduate program:

"The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Program is a five-year undergraduate sequence of lecture and studio courses which introduces students to historic and contemporary concepts in landscape architecture. Coursework recognizes the effect of human interaction with the landscape and upon natural resources and focuses on urban and urbanizing environments such as Seattle, with both wilderness and rapidly growing development." (UW LArch, "BLA Undergrad Program," Accessed 05/29/2014.)

Three Master's level degrees are conferred:

"The MLA I Graduate Program or first professional degree program is three years in length and is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a field other than landscape architecture or architecture. Students come from diverse backgrounds with degrees in a variety of disciplines including ecology, business, political science, literature, art, and history. In this way the profession is enriched through students‘ interdisciplinary knowledge. The core curricula in the first year provide students with foundational professional skills in design, site and landscape planning, construction materials and processes, and graphic, written and verbal communication. In the second and third years students develop these primary knowledge areas in order to develop leadership abilities in the definition, research, and practice of design."

"The MLA II Graduate Program or the second professional degree is two years in length and is designed for those who already hold an accredited bachelors degree in either landscape architecture or architecture. Those with degrees in related fields will be considered on an individual case but it is generally assumed that without the appropriate accredited design degree, students should apply to the MLA I program. MLA II students build on their previous design education (and practice if appropriate) to enrich their leadership abilities in the design disciplines. These students join the MLA I students in the second year of the program enrolling in advanced studios and seminars. Students without the appropriate background are still required to complete courses in ecology, design law, or other areas as determined by the Graduate Program Coordinator. Together, MLA students pursue advanced design studios, research seminars, and elective areas of interest in addition to a thesis project in the final year."

A Concurrent Degree Program with Urban Planning (MLA/MUP) is also available. (UW LArch, "MLA Graduate Programs," accessed 05/29/2014.)

Construction Management

The Department of Construction Management offers undergraduate programs in the following areas:

Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
Accredited Program for a B.S in Construction Management

Dual Degree in Architecture and Construction Management
A Five-year program for a B.A. in Architectural Studies and a B.S. in Construction Management   (UW CM, "CM Programs:"Undergraduate Programs," accessed 05/29/2014.)

The Department confers the following graduate degrees:

Master of Science in Construction Management: "Five focus areas are offered in the Master of Science in Construction Management Curriculum, including Integrated Project Delivery Systems, Sustainable Built Environment, Infrastructure Development, International Construction, and Virtual Design and Construction." (UW CM, "CM Programs: Masters of Science in Construction Management," Accessed 05/29/2014.)

Certificates are offered in two areas:

"The Online Program in Facility Managment approved by the College of Built Environments is designed to give students from a variety of professions a solid foundation in facility management principles and practices. Taught by industry professionals, this 13-credit program covers the facility life cycle, including planning, design and construction, and relocation and operational issues. Those who successfully complete the 10-month program will be prepared to effectively oversee facility management and increase operational performance with their knowledge of operations, design, construction, and relocation management."

"The Classroom-Based Program in Project Management is designed for professionals in all industries who want to acquire or enhance their project management skills. Explore project management processes and procedures. Learn how to formulate effective communication plans, manage conflict and build team rapport. Refine your skills in creating a work breakdown structure, preparing risk management reports and developing a project closure plan." (UW CM, "CM Programs: Certificate Programs," accessed 05/29/2014.)

Urban Design and Planning

At the undergraduate level, the Department of Urban Design and Planning have two possible study tracks:

"Undergraduate students wishing to explore this interdisciplinary field may choose to pursue the Department’s Minor in Urban Design and Planning."

"Individuals seeking an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in Community, Environment and Planning should consider the Bachelor of Arts in Community, Environement, and Planning Program (BA: CEP)."   (UW UrDP, "Department of Urban Design and Planning Programs: Uncergraduate," accessed 05/29/2014.)

Four courses of study can be pursued at the graduate level:

"The accredited Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program is for those who want the traditional professional degree. General and specialized training in a number of areas is available through this two year program."

The Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) program is a new two-year professional degree which provides students with the core and advanced training necessary for successful careers and leadership positions in the real estate industry.

The Master of Infrastructure Planning and Management (MIPM) program is an online program that addresses the learning needs of professionals in fields such as emergency management, business continuity and hazard and risk mitigation. Courses are designed to train managers in strategic planning and analysis necessary for developing resilient infrastructure systems.

Persons who desire careers in urban design and planning primarily in academic research and teaching, or advanced professional work, should consider the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Urban Design and Planning leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD: UDP)." (UW UrDP, "Department of Urban Design and Planning Programs: Graduate," accessed 05/29/2014.)