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News + Events

CBE students, faculty, community members, and programs are often featured in local, national, and campus media. Learn about groundbreaking research and other accomplishments, and hear from faculty with expertise on issues impacting the built environments. Be sure to check our event listings for upcoming lectures, meetings, and more.

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  • Why are the B.C. floods so bad? Blame the wildfires, at least in part

    Shortly after the end of a devastating wildfire season, many B.C. communities are cleaning up after disastrous floods that have swept away highways, submerged homes, triggered deadly landslides, stranded hundreds of people and forced thousands more to evacuate. Bob Freitag, senior lecturer of urban design, and planning at CBE is quoted. Source: CBC


  • 2021 AIA Seattle Honor Awards

    On Monday, November 8, AIA Seattle hosted the 71st annual Honor Awards for Washington Architecture to celebrate excellence in design. The Honor Awards is a nationally recognized program that provides an important opportunity for the design community to share and celebrate its achievements, both among practitioners and with the community-at-large.


  • Between the Lines: Falling back into place

    Read Dean Renee Cheng's autumn 2021 newsletter welcoming everyone back to Gould Hall. She shares updates from the past and work starting in the spring.


  • Aspire: Inspiring Equity in Real Estate

    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…


  • The internet is killing the environment. These students came up with a brilliant design fix

    Launching a Sustainable Data Center

    To reduce the carbon footprint of the internet, students partner with Google and Microsoft to rethink the world’s data centers.


  • Video | Breaking through the Bamboo Ceiling - Asian Americans as Leaders in U.S. Academia

    Dean Renee Cheng joined the Columbia University Asian Faculty Association to discuss Asian Americans as leaders in U.S. academia.


  • UW Resilience Lab aims to change campus culture toward compassion and mindfulness

    Brooke Sullivan, lecturer in the department of landscape architecture, is using a Resilience Lab seed grant to bring the compassion work to the College of Built Environments. She is also helping support compassion and mindfulness at Friday Harbor Labs and is participating in the cross-campus community of practice.


  • 12 Talents Shaping the Design World

    Minjae Kim, furniture designer and Department of Architecture alum, was named as one of the 12 talents shaping the design world.


  • What Does DEI Have to Do with Architecture?

    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.


  • Interdisciplinary course helps empower the local community

    Row of 3 houses

    Donald King, FAIA, an affiliate professor of architecture and president and CEO of the Nehemiah Initiative Seattle; Rachel Berney, Ph.D., an associate professor of urban design and planning; and Al Levine, an affiliate instructor of real estate. Aaron Fairchild, the CEO and co-founder of Green Canopy and the Nehemiah Initiative talked with Civil Engineering about…