Research News

The health, vitality, resilience, and sustainability of the built environments we inhabit and engage rely on the discoveries and innovations coming out of the College of Built Environments. Check out the latest in BE Research Events and News below.


A Northwest Net-zero Energy Community. (Source: Retrieved (9.2.18) from Google Images

Life Building Exchange awarded the Environmental Design Research Association Certificate of Research Excellence

The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) has announced its 2019 Certificate of Research Excellence (CORE) recipients and UW alumni Dr. Julie Kriegh, AIA, was recognized for her submission focusing on factors in addressing climate change. Her research, entitled Life Building Exchange: Investigating the Intersection of Pro-Environmental Behavior, Place Meaning, and High-Performance Design, begins with the idea that future progress…

UW students face food, housing insecurity, survey shows

Kim Eckart | UW News Preliminary data from a survey of food and housing insecurity at the University of Washington’s three campuses shows that an estimated 190 students may lack a stable place to live, and about one-quarter of students have worried recently about having enough to eat. Results of the online survey, conducted by UW…

Relocating for climate change

Managed retreat due to rising seas is a public health issue By Jackson Holtz |UW News | Read the original post  Sea-level rise associated with climate change is a concern for many island and coastal communities. While the dangers may seem far off for large coastal cities like Miami or New Orleans, the advancing oceans…

$250,000 gift from NBBJ to the UW College of Built Environments will advance applied research in the built environment

NBBJ – a global architecture, planning and design firm – will donate a quarter of a million dollars to establish a ground breaking partnership with the University of Washington’s (UW) College of Built Environments (CBE). The gift will forge multiple relationships over many years, touching faculty, students and researchers who advance knowledge of our understanding…

National Science Foundation grant to fund research on urbanization and the ecosystem

Professor Marina Alberti, Ph.D. has been awarded a five-year, $500,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate and understand how humans and their settlements affect the planet’s ecosystem. Professor Alberti is Associate Dean for Research in the College of Built Environments and director of the Urban Ecology Research Lab (UERL). According to the grant…