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College of Environment and Design

Messages from the Associate Dean

Hello ced students,

I would like to welcome our new and returning students to the College of Environment and Design (CED) as we enter a new academic year! The CED faculty and staff have prepared excellent courses, projects, and instructional materials for your professional education. I look forward to a fantastic year ahead.

- Ashley Steffens, CED Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

CED Facilities

Did you know that the CED is spread across numerous locations across north campus? There is the Jackson Street Building with the largest and oldest Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program in the country. It also includes a computer lab, a VR lab, lecture rooms, and a large event/crit space. The Owen’s Resource Center is located in JSB. Students can rent equipment, get IT assistance, plot drawings, come study, or peruse an excellent selection of print materials in the library space. The Circle Gallery hosts various exhibitions throughout the year. Come by and check out some of the resources available to you or peruse projects in the Circle Gallery throughout the year.

The Master of Landscape Architecture program is ranked in the top 10 in the country. Along with the oldest Historic Preservation program in the country, the prestigious MHP and MLA programs both reside in Denmark Hall. Denmark Hall now includes a science lab space and has several general use computers available for student use.

CED’s Center for Community Design and Preservation Office and the FindIt Historic Resource Survey Partnership are in the Founders Memorial House, located in the beautiful Founders Memorial Garden. Come have a picnic, stroll through the garden, or consider volunteering at this historic and uniquely situated garden space.

The MUPD and PhD in Environmental Design and Planning are housed in one of the coolest buildings on campus, the Tanner Building. It was an old lumber distribution center and has been renovated to include studios, a computer lab, and lecture spaces.

The Bishop House, next to JSB, includes several faculty and staff offices but is also home to two feral cats, Peep and No-B. They are a bit skittish but fun to watch.


Access to Facilities and IT

JSB, Denmark, and Tanner buildings will be open M-F from 7:30 am-5:30 pm. The Circle Gallery in JSB will also be open M-F from 7:30 am-5:30 pm. The Owens Resource Center hours for browsing, working, and lending services are 8:00-5:30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and Wednesday 8:00 am-4:30 pm. Library and research support are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:00 pm-5:30 pm, and Friday from 9:00 am-5:30. pm IT Support and large format printing is available Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm. Students, faculty, and staff will have access when JSB, Tanner, and Denmark are locked by using their UGACard. As a reminder, all CED buildings will be locked and inaccessible on Saturdays between 12:00 am - 11:59 pm when there are home football games. Plan to bring home materials you might need on those weekends and secure all personal items when you leave the studio or classroom.

Remember, all new students will need to fill out the “New User Information Sheet” found HERE so you have access to the buildings after hours (except home football game days), as well as proper printing and server access. Check out the CED IT site CED IT for more information and resources available to you.


Upcoming Opportunities

Throughout the year, the CED hosts a variety of events including speakers, gallery exhibits, receptions, and charrettes. Be on the lookout for more information on all of these opportunities through email and flyers.

We have several student groups that I would encourage you all to participate in. They are important elements to a well-rounded educational career as they provide a social and networking outlet and offer various professional and mentorship opportunities. Find out more: CED Student Organizations

Ever thought of going on a study abroad or participating in a study away program? Not only do we offer some exciting off campus study away opportunities, we also provide scholarships. Information on study away can be foundCED Study Away,and scholarship information will come out later in the fall semester.



Check out the CED website for program information, a directory of faculty and staff, the latest news and events, and other resources by going to And don’t forget to connect with us via social media!



UGA provides students with Student Care and Outreach Services, The Health Center, and Disability Resource Center, which provide excellent resources for students, especially if you have any concerns or issues that arise throughout the academic year. I would also encourage any of you to reach out to the Faculty, Program Coordinators, Advisors and Administrators in the CED with any concerns you might have

I am so excited for your futures and all the ways you will Shape our World!

Be safe, be well. 


Warm regards,

Ashley Steffens

Ashley Steffens,
Crowley Professor in Urban Planning and Design
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


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