Environmental Design

The School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture

Environmental Design

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design is a flexible multi-disciplinary degree. The degree content includes the five core environmental design courses, directed electives, and free electives. Students are encouraged to use the free electives to earn one or two minors. Two summers of coursework are required for the environmental design workshop course series. The degree is a good option for students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in design, planning, and construction related programs.

Students who pursue the Environmental Design degree will learn core knowledge of design and construction disciplines and business practices related to human-designed environments, including awareness of national and global perspectives. Exposure to national/global environmental design issues, focus on interdisciplinary concepts, hybrid practices, and sustainability are key aspects of the curriculum. A two-part workshop course series allows students to focus on developing a general technical skill set for environmental design foundations. Digital media introduction, structure and fabrication techniques, design communication development are included. A capstone workshop requires students to initiate and complete a community engagement environmental design project using principles of collaboration, leadership and effectiveness training, hands-on experience, civic engagement, and design communication skills.

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The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design Pre-Landscape Architecture Track is preparation for the Master of Landscape Architecture Graduate Program. Pre-landscape Architecture students begin taking the first three semesters of the Master of Landscape Architecture Program in the Summer after their third year of undergraduate study. Successful performance in the coursework leads to advanced placement in the Master of Landscape Architecture Program. A successful student may complete the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and the Professional Master of Landscape Architecture in 5 years (including 3 Summers).

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April 10

 

10:00 -10:15

Opening Remarks

CADC Associate Dean Bret Smith

Event co-chairs Magdalena Garmaz and Lauren Weigel

 

10:15 – 10:45

Sarah Williamson & Grant Brigham

Education Director & Executive Director, Jones Valley Teaching Farm, Birmingham, AL

 

10:45 – 11:15

Blake Canterbury

Social Innovator, Dime Creative, Atlanta, GA

                       

11:15 – 11:45

Liz Ogbu

Designer & Social Innovation Strategist, Oakland, CA                    

 

11:45 – 12:15

Break & Refreshments

 

12:15 – 1:20

Open Discussion

Dialogue between panelists and students

 

1:20 – 1:30

Closing

 

 

Extended Bios:

 

Sara Williamson & Grant Brigham

Education Director & Executive Director, Jones Valley Teaching Farm, Birmingham, AL

In 2007, the founders of Jones Valley Teaching Farm transformed three and a half acres of vacant downtown property into a budding urban oasis, driven by the singular vision of making our community a healthier place.  In no time, the Farm was teaming with organic produce and flowers, to the delight of local restaurants and citizens alike. But Jones Valley became so much more than just a place where delicious food grows—it's a place where young minds blossom.  Today, their greatest focus is education: connecting young people to their food, and helping them understand where it comes from and why it matters.  Empowering future generations to eat smarter, think healthier—and live better. Their investment in the future begins with a very measurable goal: to educate 10,000 students annually through our K-8 programs and curriculum.

 

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Blake Canterbury

Social Innovator, Dime Creative, Atlanta, GA

Blake is a social innovator from Atlanta, GA. His agency Dime Creative, consults and launches social movements. He was an early adopter in the social media world, launching his first company, beremedy, based on social media in 2009. He has been featured on CNN, Huffington Post, ScoutMob, Star 94, 11 Alive and local news in 36 cities, 28 states and 4 countries. His first company, beremedy, was named one of the "# best twitter usages worldwide" by CNN. Blake's influence has stretched from Huffington Post to giving his own TEDx Talk.

 

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Liz Ogbu

Designer, Urbanist & Social Innovator

Liz is an expert on sustainable design and spatial innovation in challenged urban environments globally. From designing shelters for immigrant day laborers in the U.S. to leading a design workshop at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, Liz has a long history of engagement in the design for social impact movement. Currently, she has her own multidisciplinary consulting practice that works with nonprofits, municipalities, and companies to tackle wicked social problems through creative transformations of places, systems, and communities. Her clients include the Nike Foundation and PG&E. And her network of collaborators have been equally dynamic including the likes of HealthxDesign, envelope a+d, FOURM design+build, and Rebar.

 

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Magdalena Garmaz

Magdalena Garmaz

Associate Professor, Environmental Design Program Chair

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