Bachelor of Environmental Design

Our Bachelor of Environmental Design program builds a strong foundation in design thinking and critical investigation. You will explore the social, cultural, and environmental impacts of placemaking through courses in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. 

You will enter the program in your third year of study, following the completion of at least two years of full-time post-secondary coursework. Admission is competitive and based on a review of your academic performance and creative potential.

The program revolves around a core design studio sequence. In each studio, you will explore the connectedness of design at one of many scales: from the body to the fabric of the city.

Courses in history and theory, design media and representation, and technical and material systems round out the interdisciplinary curriculum. They provide you with the context and knowledge to examine and critically respond to the complex relationships between humans and their natural and built environments.

You will learn how design impacts society and the environment, how the making of space can affect cultural change, and how to envision alternative constructs that are socially and ecologically sustainable.

Our program is small with low student-faculty ratios and many opportunities for you to work directly with our faculty.

We are intimately connected to professional design communities in Vancouver, the West Coast, and the Pacific Rim. Our environmental design program provides you with opportunities to engage with local professionals through a mentorship program, lectures, studio reviews, and our annual exhibition of graduating student work.