Environmental Design

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Build a strong foundation in design thinking and critical investigation. In Environmental Design, you'll explore the social, cultural, and environmental impacts of placemaking through courses in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design.

Why this program?

  • Award-winning faculty who are internationally renowned experts in their fields
  • Small studios and intimate seminars mean low student-to-faculty ratios
  • Interdisciplinary learning opportunities with a curriculum that integrates architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
  • Degree: Bachelor of Environmental Design
  • Length 2 yrs
  • Co-op No
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours Yes
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

UBC’s Environmental Design program challenges you to examine the role of design in the broad environmental decision-making processes of society. The emphasis is on design learning, supported by ecological, social, theoretical, and technical courses.

As an Environmental Design student, you’ll 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.

This non-professional bachelor’s degree is intended as a preparatory degree for students interested in pursuing a Master of Architecture or a Master of Landscape Architecture. You’ll enter the program in your third year of study, after completing two years of full-time, post-secondary education.

Experiential learning and research

As an Environmental Design student, you’ll have the opportunity to enrol in a design build elective where you’ll take a real-world problem, find a design solution, and follow through with creation.

Campus features

The School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture offers access to a comprehensive woodworking shop as well as digital fabrication devices, including 3D printers and laser cutters.

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.