Environmental Design

The School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture

Environmental Design

Building its strength on the understanding of the interconnected nature of all design and construction disciplines, the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design is a multidisciplinary degree that emphasizes the blend of sustainable practices from a local and global context with comprehensive design and systems thinking. Flexibility in the Environmental Design degree allows students to customize their education experience by providing the opportunity to minor in multiple subjects that are of a particular interest to the student. Additionally, students may choose to advance their education and career by pursuing the accelerated tracks of graduate degrees in Landscape Architecture and Community Planning.

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 Pre-Landscape Architecture track of Environmental Design is preparation for the Master of Landscape Architecture Graduate Program. Pre-Landscape Architecture students begin taking the first three semesters of the master 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. Both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees can be completed within five years (including three summers).

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The Community Planning Accelerated Bachelor/Master Program offers successful environmental design students the opportunity to earn both the bachelor’s and master’s degree in less time and at less cost. Students can obtain both degrees in five years (ten regular semesters, and two summers of Environmental Design workshops).

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The ENVD minor allows students from non-design disciplines to enrich and broaden their education through the understanding and application of design and design thinking methods. In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, design and design thinking methods are becoming appropriated  by businesses and different organizations as tools that help them with problem-solving in a creative and effective  manner.  Education in design and design thinking provides a framework for a quick and effective problem-solving embedded in understanding of human activities. 

 

Students who acquire an ENVD minor will be able to demonstrate nimbleness and adaptability in the real world, the ability to approach issues from many different angles, and offer constructive and effective methods for human-centric problem-solving. These skills will enable them to offer a well-rounded, competitive portfolio, regardless of their major. 

 

The ENVD minor will enable them to be more competitive candidates for positions in both the public and the private sectors and in design professions as well as in other disciplines such as engineering, business, the sciences, education, and others.

 

Students will be able to:

  • understand applicability and benefits of design thinking as a creative problem solving approach in non-design disciplines;
  • develop the ability to engage in and create opportunities for inter-disciplinary collaborations;
  • engage in and understand a basic design process.

Students can enroll in classes and therefore start fulfilling requirements towards completion of ENVD minor. The Environmental Design Minor requires completion of 15 semester hours—this can be accomplished through two different options:

 

Option #1 (15 credit hours):
 

ENVD 2100*  Environmental Design Workshop I (6)  

ENVD 4010    Elements of Design Thinking and Communication (3)

ENVD 4970    ENVD Special Topics (3)

ENVD 5300    Studies in Design Thinking and Design Praxis (3)

 

 

Option #2 (15 credit hours):

 

ENVD 2000   Environmental Design Concepts and Practices I (3)

ENVD 2200   Readings in Landscape Architecture (3) or ENVD
                              2010
Introduction to Design and Design Methods

ENVD 3000* Environmental Design Concepts and Practices II (3)

ENVD 4010   Elements of Design Thinking and Communication (3)

ENVD 5300   Studies in Design Thinking and Design Praxis (3) 
                       or ENVD 4970 ENVD Special Topics (3)

 

Notes:

ENVD 2100 is taught only in summer (summer mini-semester). 

* professional fee required. 

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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.

 

For more information, click here.

 

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Magdalena Garmaz

Magdalena Garmaz

Associate Professor, Environmental Design Program Chair

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