Faculty of Environmental Design

Together, we will challenge the status quo

Innovative design underpins everything.

Design helps to shape our well-being with thoughtfully imagined homes, neighbourhoods, cities and landscapes.

The University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design contributes to the future of our communities with energetic research, learning and advocacy environments.

We deliver the only accredited degree programs in architecture and planning in Alberta. We offer Canada’s newest landscape architecture degree. We provide a competitive and distinctive curriculum.

Connecting with our communities informs our vision of the future. We aspire to become the best interdisciplinary school of design in North America.

Together, we are re-imagining how we live — through the planning, design and construction of where we live.

Faculty of Environmental Design campaign goal

$7 million

EVDS Progress

Enhancing the student experience

We are preparing our students to be world leaders in the design of future neighbourhoods, cities and landscapes.

The Faculty of Environmental Design encourages access to internationally recognized practitioners. It aims to provide a learning environment that balances theory and experiential learning.

It opens the doors for students to global experiences.

We are raising our eyes high to create bold and lasting designs, while we maintain our competitiveness among the best schools in North America.

Gaining a global perspective

The study abroad program has been an integral part of the academic experience for more than 20 years.

Students choose between a full semester in Barcelona, or in the Pacific Rim, where the semester is split with time in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Melbourne and Sydney.

Few schools offer such in-depth immersion opportunities. The study abroad program is a big draw. Future plans include a Mexico option, as well as adding a capacity building opportunity for students to live and work in areas in need such as Africa. 

Research that enables transformation

A new generation of scholars in the Faculty of Environmental Design is intensifying research across a broad spectrum.

Students and faculty are leading innovative interdisciplinary research on real-world projects that address immediate community needs.

Our focus includes designing for rapid urbanization and developing highly speculative projects that consider potential across complex fields like digital fabrication.

The faculty’s space and resources enables relevant research as we aspire to transform the world.

Bridging science and design

We are helping to create healthier, more walkable communities.

Assistant professor and landscape ecologist Paul Galpern has conducted a pilot program that uses GPS data from cellphones to track where people are walking. This data will help identify — and question — why people may favour one route over another.

In short, it will offer a more accurate picture of how walkable a community is.

Galpern’s findings could influence urban planning policies and how communities are designed and developed.  

Strengthening community connections

The Faculty of Environmental Design is a true community partner, with strong ties to the City of Calgary.

We work closely with industry partners and other community affiliates on applied and conceptual development projects. We engage the public on relevant topics by sharing provocative ideas.

We consider what a city can be through our public lectures and symposiums.

By building a design culture through our community connections, we are creating a shared bridge to the future.

Designing a resilient community

The flooding that swamped southern Alberta in June 2013 was catastrophic. We responded.

The Faculty of Environmental Design, in partnership with the City of Calgary, hosted a one-day public symposium to look at resiliency and the city’s response to the flood.

Experts considered lessons learned. Experienced voices in disaster recovery, health care and flood design spoke on recovery efforts. Participants considered the impact of large-scale natural disasters and other catastrophic events.

Join us in challenging the status quo

Contact information

Leitha Cosentino
Director of Development
Faculty of Environmental Design
403.220.2717
leitha.cosentino@ucalgary.ca