College of Built Environments at the University of Washington.
Message from the Dean
Friends, colleagues, coworkers, and alumni, greetings.
While the UW campus has seen only a hint of snow compared to other regions, our students and faculty are eagerly looking forward to the coming stretches of longer daylight, the end of Winter Quarter, and the promise of Spring Break. This is a busy time for the departments as they process the many admission applications and select those to whom to offer admission. The college is working to gradually increase enrollment across the disciplines without reducing the quality of students admitted, and the pool of applicants continues to be strong. To view our current enrollment numbers, please see our College Fact Sheet.
A highlight of the quarter was the Dean's Distinguished Lecture on February 12th, when we welcomed land use strategist Christopher B. Leinberger. The lecture was well attended, and Mr. Leinberger did a superb job of engaging the audience in a discussion of a walkable urban future for metro Seattle. If you were unable to join us for this lecture, you can view it online. In addition to the Dean's Distinguished Lecture, we are pleased to host a variety of events through the year to provide enriching experiences for students, alumni, industry professionals, and supporters, such as the Department of Architecture's Winter Lecture Series, the Construction Management Department's 2014 Construction Engineering Conference, the Department of Landscape Architecture's Lectures and Tea Talks, and just for fun, save the date of May 2, 2014 for a CBE Alumni All-Call Happy Hour.
We are proud of our award-winning students, including the Landscape Architecture team of Shu Keui Hsu (MLA), Janice Chen (BLA) and Youngsuk Jun (MLA), whose "Dynamic Urbanism – Green Walk" project took third place in the Seoul Urban Design 2013 competition. PhD student Chung Ho Kim received the Karen R. Polenke Best Student Paper Award at the annual conference of the International Association for China Planning. In addition, a team of MUP students received the APA Washington Chapter Merit Award for their project Back to the Future: A History of Transit Planning in the Puget Sound Region.
Construction Management students also excelled in student competitions during the quarter. A team of six students began work in September on a proposal to develop a housing project in Colorado. They were required to layout the site, design the houses, prepare a financial analysis, and prepare a marketing plan. The proposal was submitted in January, and a formal presentation was made at the National Association of Home Builders Convention in Las Vegas in early February. In a competition with teams from 35 other universities, the CM students took fourth place. Other Construction Management students participated in regional student competitions in Reno hosted by the Associated Schools of Construction. This competition involved students developing plans for executing an actual construction project, submitting a written proposal, and making a formal presentation to a panel of industry judges. The heavy civil construction team took first place, the mixed-use team took second place, and the design-build and sustainable construction teams each took third place.
CBE continues to be a force in the research arena both locally and nationally. The UW's Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Office awarded two of this year's five Green Seed Grant Awards to CBE-driven projects, including "Building User Audit: Capturing Behavior, Energy, and Culture" and "Measured Benefits: Monitoring the Impacts of the UW Green Wall and Water Harvesting System." Prof. Vikramaditya Prakash is helping to lead a collaboration with MIT that was awarded a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will help establish the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative, an effort to reshape the discourse of architectural history by reimagining its teaching.
Looking to the future: The Department of Architecture is preparing for its re-accreditation review in March, and the college-wide Ph. D. in Built Environment program will be undergoing an academic review by the Graduate School in May. I look forward to supporting these activities and more.
Creative students and talented faculty are producing remarkable projects and research that tangibly impact our society. As a college, we will continue to work collaboratively with our community partners to seek out opportunities to direct the skills and intellect of our students and faculty to help create a better world.
As always, we would welcome your perspectives.