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.


UW colleges, offices share three-year NSF grant to make ‘internet of things’ more secure

Several University of Washington schools and offices will team up to research how organizational practices can affect the interagency collaboration needed to keep the “internet of things” — and institutional systems — safe and secure. Cooperating in the work, funded by the National Science Foundation, will be the UW College of Built Environments, College of Arts &…

Fatema Maswood crossing the stage at graduation

Congratulations to our 2019 Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Olmsted Scholars

“Using ideas, influence, communication, service, and leadership to advance sustainable design and foster human and societal benefits.”  These are the qualities of students recognized through the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Olmsted Scholars Program, considered one of the most prestigious national awards for students of landscape architecture. The College of Built Environments is proud to recognize two…

Livable City Year celebrates partnership with city of Bellevue

This year’s Livable City Year partnership with the City of Bellevue mobilized 285 students from a variety of schools and colleges, representing all three UW campuses, to work on 30 projects in the city. The students’ research, findings and recommendations were on display at a celebration at Bellevue City Hall on Monday, June 3. The Bellevue City…

CBE PhD candidates take home awards

Barbara Rodriguez Droguett wins UW Three Minute Thesis Competition In front of a panel of judges, graduate students from a variety of disciplines competed to receive recognition and cash prizes in this year’s Three Minute Thesis Competition. Each student was tasked with the simple, but unenviable task of summarizing months worth of research and planning…

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…