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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 as we enter the 2021-2022 academic year. The CED faculty and staff have prepared for your safe return to in-person instruction, and I look forward to a fantastic year ahead.

Ashley Steffens, CED Associate Dean of Academic Affairs


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 will be open M-F 8am-5pm. The Owens Library and Resource Center will be open M-F 8 am-5 pm and on Sundays 4-8pm. 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 12:00am - 11:59pm 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 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.


CED Facilities

Did you know that CED is spread across numerous locations across north campus? There is the Jackson Street Building with the MLA and BLA programs. It also includes a computer lab, a resource center for renting equipment, the Owens Library, and the Circle Gallery. Come by and check out some of the new furnishings in the large crit space or peruse projects in the Circle Gallery.

The oldest historic preservation program in the country, the MHP resides in Denmark Hall. CED’s Public Service and Outreach office, The Center for Community Design and Preservation, and the FindIt Historic Resource Survey Partnership are just across the breezeway in Caldwell Hall. The Founders Memorial Garden and House are also located nearby.

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


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. Our first speaker in our lecture series is August 25 @4:30pm in JSB 123 by Dr. Jessica Fernandez. She will be speaking about ‘The Place to Be: Evaluating People and Environment through Social Media Data’.

We have 3 main 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 participate in a field session? Not only do we offer some exciting off campus study away opportunities, we also provide scholarships. Information on study away can be found CED Study Away and scholarship information will come out later this semester.


Student Support and Resources 

UGA’s Student Care and Outreach Services provides some great information 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 with any concerns you might have to the Faculty, Program Coordinators, Advisors and Administrators in the CED.

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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