College of Built Environments Orientation

Welcome to the community leading decisions that are critically important to climate change, social justice, and human health

Welcome to the College of Built Environments!

At the College of Built Environments (CBE) we lead innovation while building on the traditions of design, planning, construction, and community building.

We imagine a just and beautiful world where we teach, research, and engage to influence the trajectories of climate change, social justice, and human health, by defining built environments as complex interconnections between constructed and natural worlds and their impacts on society.

We are glad you are joining us as an integral part of this vision.

New Student Orientation

Date: Tuesday, September 27th from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Architecture Hall, room 147

Audience: Incoming CBE Students

Description: Dean Cheng and other college leaders will provide an introduction to our college and share opportunities for students to get involved, add to our college culture, and advance your learning goals towards creating a more just and beautiful world. The presentation will be followed by lunch (provided) and an opportunity to join our college’s clubs and affinity groups.

Orientation Recording



JEDI Session Recording



As part of our fall orientation activities, College of Built Environments students will have the opportunity to visit a number of Seattle’s most iconic and innovative landmarks, led by the project architects, designers, and developers, many of whom are friends and alumni of the College. These insider’s tours will range from the historic Space Needle to the re-imagined Rainier Square, to the newest of all, the UW Population Health Building.

Thurs, Sept. 22, 3-5 p.m.
Hosted by Barbara Swift

RSVP(limited to 15 students)

Mon, Sept. 26, 3-4:30 p.m.
Hosted by Jeff and Korynne Wright

RSVP(limited to 20 students)

Tues, Sept. 27, 2-3 p.m.
Hosted by Tom Kundig

RSVP(limited to 20 students)

Wed, Sept. 28, 2:30-4 p.m.
Hosted by Owen Oliver
RSVP (limited to 25 students)

Thurs, Sept. 29, 3-5 p.m.
Hosted by Barbara Swift

RSVP (limited to 15 students)

Thurs, Sept. 29, 3-5 p.m.
Hosted by Jon & Judy Runstad

RSVP(limited to 40 students)

Fri, Sept. 30, 4-5 p.m.
Hosted by David Miller

RSVP (limited to 20 students)

Mon, Oct. 3, 12-1 p.m.
Gould Lawn
Hosted by the CBE Diversity Council


Department Orientations


The Department of Architecture is the oldest and largest unit in the CBE, founded in 1914 and continuing through the years to offer a rigorous design education.

Programs: B.A.Arch, B.A.Arch Design, 2-yr M.Arch & V.Grad, 3-yr M.Arch, M.S. Design Tech, M.S. History & Theory

Undergraduate Students: Contact your advisor Kim Sawada at for more information.

Graduate Students: Contact your advisor Claudine Manio at for more information.

Construction Management

Over the past 50 years, our Department has built a legacy of excellence by educating over 2,500 students. We do this in partnership with the construction industry that provides advice, mentoring, research, scholarships, and career opportunities for our students.

Programs: Construction Management Minor, B.S. Construction Management, M.S. Construction Management

Please refer to the department orientation page for more information.

Landscape Architecture

The University of Washington’s Department of Landscape Architecture is at the leading edge of education in the discipline, utilizing a framework of Urban Ecological Design to engage contemporary societal and environmental challenges, explore interdisciplinary opportunities, incorporate methods of community-infused design, and address social injustice through our research, teaching and community service.

Programs: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture

Please follow this link for more information:

Real Estate

The Runstad Department of Real Estate leverages the strengths of the University of Washington and our location in a global hub of innovation. A degree from the Runstad Department of Real Estate prepares students for a variety of roles in the diverse real estate industry including roles in the commercial and residential real estate markets.

Programs: B.S. Real Estate, M.S. Real Estate

Please follow this link for more information:

Urban Design & Planning

We believe that investing in our own communities through studios and community-based projects is the best way to approach this new urban age we are living in, successfully, strategically and effectively.

Programs: B.A. Community, Environment, and Planning, Master of Urban Planning, Master of Infrastructure Planning and Management

Undergraduate Students: Contact your advisor Megan Herzog at for more information.

Graduate Students: Contact your advisor Diana Siembor at for more information.

PhD in the Built Environment

The PhD in the Built Environment is an interdisciplinary program incorporating subject areas and faculty from the College of Built Environments’ areas of study and has three areas of concentration/specialization: sustainable systems and prototypes, technology and project design-delivery, and history, theory, representation.

Contact your advisor Neile Graham at for more information.

CBE Amenities

  • Studios

  • Photo Lab & Lighting Studio

  • Gould Gallery

  • Fabrication Labs

  • Archnet

  • Digital Commons

  • BE Library

    Books on shelves
  • The Buzz Cafe