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University of Calgary Calendar 2014-2015 Faculty of Environmental Design 2. Faculty Information
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The Faculty of Environmental Design has a dual mandate to offer course-based, first professional degrees in Architecture and Planning, and to offer advanced research opportunities in the Master of Environmental Design and PhD thesis degree programs. The latter research focus is intended for candidates who wish to build upon their professional career experience or related degree, with advanced, problem oriented research.

It is worth noting that since the Faculty’s founding in 1971, the important roles for design, planning and management in human activities which impact built and natural environments have increased substantially. Significantly, the Faculty has championed interdisciplinarity as a means to understand and address the complex, and often subtle, interrelationships evident in the pursuit of these human activities. Further, the Faculty actively seeks to work co-operatively with local communities, governments, private corporations, associations and experts in other University Faculties to address complexity in a myriad of environmental design problems. The resulting outcomes may include new buildings, communities, artifacts, urban form, and cultural landscapes, as well as plans, policies, environmental and ecosystem management strategies, and new technologies and information systems.


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 offers a Minor Field of Specialization in Architectural Studies at the undergraduate level.

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.