We are pleased to introduce Renée Cheng as the new Dean of the College of Built Environments, effective January 1, 2019. Read the official UW news release here.

Portrait of Dean Renee Cheng

Photo by Sean Airhart/NBBJ

A message from Dean Cheng:

Welcome to the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington.

I am honored to serve as dean for the College of Built Environments and am grateful to former Dean John Schaufelberger for his years of leadership and service to the College. Looking ahead, I am happy to advance the work of our community of students, faculty, researchers, alumni, partners, and professionals in providing an exemplary educational experience for our students, promoting research-based practices and furthering the goals of our professions and communities.

Situated in the booming metropolitan hub of Seattle, this college, with its five distinct disciplines and strong partnerships with industry professionals and community, is primed to lead the way in discovering solutions to some of the biggest challenges we face as a society.

With a rigorous core of courses spanning the built environment professions, our College encourages student inquiry and research, offers unparalleled opportunities for international and pre-professional study, and prepares students to become accomplished practitioners and leaders in the community. Our faculty engage with teaching, research and service in ways that change lives in the classrooms, studios, communities and practices here and around the world.

I am so excited to be part of this college and it is a privilege to stand in partnership with our community as we work together to create a better world.

Renée Cheng, FAIA
Dean, College of Built Environments