Landscape Architecture has been taught at UGA since 1928. The former School of Environmental Design (established in 1969) transitioned to become the College of Environment and Design in 2001. It was the first new college at UGA since 1969. The CED provides nationally-accredited, inventive, and demanding programs in landscape architecture, historic preservation, environmental planning & design, and environmental ethics. At CED, our students cultivate not only the skills they need to work as professional designers and practitioners, but the individual passions they have to make a difference in their world.
Students are challenged to explore their unique, individual interests and creatively problem-solve contemporary issues, working with faculty to solve community issues in design charrettes. They also interact with clients, community organizations, and planning agencies. We aim to connect our students with a large and accomplished alumni network as much as possible. Visiting professors, professionals, and lecturers provide frequent opportunities for students to network with and learn from renowned designers in a broad range of career options.
From your first day on campus, whether that be Orientation or an informal visit, we are proud to welcome you into the CED family. We will learn your name and we will greet you in the hallways. We will support you in whatever ways you need throughout your journey here. Small class sizes, one-on-one connections with faculty and staff, and a welcoming atmosphere are just a few of the amazing benefits we are proud to offer. Our academic programs are consistently ranked in the top 10 nation-wide and we are always striving to do more, be more, and give back more. Come see what the College of Environment and Design can help you do with your future!
All CED buildings are on or adjacent to North Campus. When not working in the studio or attending class, students are perfectly situated to visit downtown Athens’ coffee shops, restaurants, music venues, festivals, and other entertainment. Our spacious studios and skylights let in the light so you can be inspired. Our Circle Gallery and Owens Library provide ample space for stimulation, research, and collaboration. You will display your work and participate in assessment with your peers, faculty, alumni, and professionals in our Critique Space. Visit our Technology Services office for the latest in laser-cutting, equipment check-out, and more.
You may know Athens as home to R.E.M. and the B-52s, the city Rolling Stone named “#1 College Music Scene in America.” You may know it for the University of Georgia and Georgia Bulldogs, the “Classic City of the South” where rich tradition at the heart of a hip college town creates a culture unlike any other. Nestled below the Blue Ridge Mountains, 70 miles from Atlanta, Athens is a harmony of old and new: wedding-perfect Antebellum architecture, contemporary art and eclectic nightlife, a Victorian-era downtown teeming with funky shops and one of the South’s most progressive culinary scenes (visitathensga.com)