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University of Calgary Calendar 2013-2014 Faculty of Environmental Design 2. Faculty Information
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Environmental Design has a dual mandate to offer both professional practice competencies at the first professional degree level in Architecture or Planning and to offer advanced interdisciplinary design and research collaboration opportunities in the Master of Environmental Design and PhD degree programs.

The Faculty of Environmental Design's educational opportunities are for those wishing either to obtain a first professional degree or to expand their current professional or design related degree backgrounds and career experience with advanced interdisciplinary practice-based research and study in one or more of the following thematic areas of study: ecological design, urban systems design, technological systems design, and human and cultural systems design.

Since the Faculty's founding in 1971, the importance of design, planning and management of the interactions among human activities and the built and natural environments has increased substantially. Sustainable development requires deep understanding of many complex and often subtle interrelationships. The outcomes of design intervention in complex problem solving may include plans, policies, environmental and ecosystem management strategies, new social or political institutions or institutional mechanisms, information systems, new technologies, new artifacts, new buildings and urban form, habitats and cultural landscapes.

Environmental design education, research, and professional practice focuses on the appropriate ends, just and equitable modes of intervention, and the qualitative character of the environment to be achieved when design, management and planning projects are undertaken. The Faculty's research, educational programs, and international and community outreach address these concerns in a variety of social, cultural, built and natural environmental contexts.


For programs and admission information, please refer to the Faculty of Environmental Design website ( or contact

Telephone and mail enquiries may be directed to:

Programs Administrator
Faculty of Environmental Design
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
T2N 1N4
Telephone: 403.220.4388


Master's degrees are offered by the Faculty of Environmental Design. Please refer to the Faculty of Environmental Design website for further details.

For PhD studies, an area of specialization, submitted by the student and supervisor, must receive the approval of the PhD Co-ordinator prior to its submission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for their approval.

The Faculty does not offer undergraduate degree programs. A recognized four year undergraduate university degree is required for admission to the Master of Architecture, Master of Planning and the Master of Environmental Design pursuant to Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations. Senior undergraduates in other Faculties may be eligible to take courses in the Faculty of Environmental Design. However, prior approvals of the instructor and the Faculty are required. The Faculty is engaged in research and graduate level professional education and communications, directed towards management, planning and design in the human and natural environments. An integral part of this mission is the Faculty's readiness to work co-operatively with local communities, governments, private corporations, associations and other Faculties.