Mobilizing Collaboration


The University of Washington College of Built Environments educates superior practitioners in the fields we represent. Engrained in our philosophies around teaching and research, is our belief that interdisciplinary learning is key to the success of a student’s ability to be a solution oriented, collaborative, and mindful professional. Interdisciplinary teaching and learning means that our faculty are applying methods and ideas from multiple disciplines to give students a rounded perspective on problem solving, business, design, planning, and implementation.

A truly interdisciplinary college – where students in landscape architecture can learn how their work intersects with construction management and where urban planning and architecture students learn about real estate finance and development – we prepare professionals who can seamlessly transition into multi-discipline teams at work. This approach is not new to our structure – since we began our work on the UW campus, more than 100 years ago, we have continually emphasized the interdisciplinary experience as one that will prove valuable in a student’s professional career and personal life.

Your investment in new interdisciplinary learning opportunities will provide our students opportunities to learn to work collaboratively, across disciplines, to address the grand challenges of urbanization, globalism and sustainability.

To achieve our interdisciplinary goals we must facilitate the creation of new academic programs, areas of research, and not only build partnerships between our own disciplines, but also across the campus and the country.

Support Interdisciplinary Teaching and Research
Neighborhood Design/Build Studio Fund
Landscape Architecture Design/Build Studio Fund
McKinley Futures Studio