Our EDI Efforts

EDI and a commitment to equitable and just practices are central to many of our goals. The College is committed to extending the focus to curriculum and community, and the impact within BE professions. You can find details here.

NOMA, The National Organization of Minority Architects, Pacific Northwest
RE PAC Initiative

If you are interested in getting involved in any of the college social justice, equity, diversity activities please reach out to Brittany Faulkner (bfaulk@uw.edu) and she will help you find the best place for you to engage

  • Aspire: Inspiring Equity in Real Estate

    November 9, 2021

    Jamilah Williams

    The inaugural Aspire internship program at the College of Built Environments gave undergraduate students across the University of Washington the opportunity to interact with industry and academic leaders while learning about the importance of home and homeownership to individuals and communities. Students spent eight weeks learning about the single and multi-family residential real estate market…

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  • What Does DEI Have to Do with Architecture?

    October 4, 2021

    Jamilah Williams

    Dean Renee Cheng joined ARCHITECT magazine podcast with consultant Nancy Alexander and Perkins&Will principal Gabrielle Bullock to discuss common myths and questions about diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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  • Using Afrofuturism principles to keep, grow Black culture in Seattle's Central District

    July 15, 2021

    Jamilah Williams

    Row of 3 houses

    Seattle’s Central District once was a Black neighborhood. New arrivals and rising property values have pushed African Americans out, but many who have stayed hope to preserve and grow the Black culture that remains. Donald King, professor of architecture, spoke with KNKX All Things Considered.

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  • Ahead of Pride, UW’s Manish Chalana describes the changing neighborhood of Capitol Hill

    June 23, 2021

    Jamilah Williams

    Manish Chalana walking through capitol hill

    Manish Chalana, associate professor of urban design and planning, discusses how development can alter the face and fabric of a community,and the role governments can play in the process. He talks specifically about Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

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  • Archinect Deans List: Renée Cheng on How Comprehensive Design Can Engender Inclusivity

    July 11, 2019



    The Deans List is an interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide. The series profiles the school’s programming, as defined by the dean — giving an invaluable perspective into the institution’s unique curriculum, faculty and academic environment. Read entire Q&A on Archinect For this installment, Archinect spoke with current University of Washington College of Built Environments dean Renée Cheng.…

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