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College of Environment and Design


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Joining the College of Environment + Design (CED) could be one of the most impactful decisions of your life. The world is constantly facing new opportunities and challenges—fast and uneven urbanization, growing but not always equitable economies, environmental degradation, increased international dependencies—to name just a few. Each of these aspects of dramatic social and natural change could be harnessed to make the world more resilient, beautiful, prosperous, and just. The fields in which our faculty, students and alumni share first-rate expertise—landscape architecture, historic preservation, and urban and environmental planning—hold the key to a sustainable and healthy future.

Since 1928 we have been a growing intellectual, creative, and professional powerhouse in landscape architecture education. In 1969 we became UGA’s School of Environmental Design, focusing on landscape architecture. In 2001 we became the College of Environment and Design to reflect the broader scope of our courses of study. Our Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program (BLA) is one of the largest in the country. Both our BLA and our Master’s program (MLA) have consistently been ranked among the top 10 by Design Intelligence, the sole source of peer evaluation of design programs in the United States. Our Master of Historic Preservation (MHP) program is among the most respected by the National Trust and is, in fact, one of only a few preservation programs in the country to offer a joint Juris Doctorate. The Master of Environmental Planning and Design (MEPD), accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board in 2016, and our new Doctoral Program, are increasingly attracting some of the best faculty and students in the country and beyond.

We offer unparalleled opportunities for world-class learning. Community outreach and international engagement are among our best-known trademarks (e.g., we have excellent programs in Costa Rica, Croatia, and Italy). Our graduates join the world of practice as visionary, thoughtful, and responsible leaders.

I hope you make the decision to join the CED, where you will be inspired to shape the world in more sustainable ways.

Sonia Hirt, PhD, FAICP
Dean and Hughes Professor in Landscape Architecture and Planning

Associate Dean

David Spooner with Harry DawgDavid Spooner, ASLA
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
113 Jackson Street Building
Email | 706-542-0063

Associate Dean of Research and Outreach – Vacant 





Dean’s Advisory Council

The CED Dean’s Advisory Council is a broadly representative forum with the primary purpose of assisting the College by supporting its achievements of strategic plans and goals including fundraising, cultivating a professional network across disciplines, sharing information and industry trends, and advising the Dean on innovations and opportunities.

CED Organizational Chart


CED Organizational Chart