Program in Environmental Design

University of Colorado Boulder


ENVD Bee Hives featured in Daily Camera

October 7, 2014

"It's very similar to building any structure for humans because you have to know and do research and learn what the bees need, what's going to be bad for them, what's going to be good for them, It's the same thing you do if you're designing a building." -Aria Dellepiane

Lama Foundation featured in Daily Camera

September 22, 2014

Eleven environmental design students from the University of Colorado are in New Mexico this month building a sustainable, 120-square-foot hut they designed and modeled last semester for a nonprofit retreat center.

Team of painters brings Colorado Shakespeare Festival to life

August 13, 2014

Set against a backdrop of whining power saws and pounding hammers, scenic artists create self-contained worlds in which the Colorado Shakespeare Festival performances come to life.

The painters wield brushes like magicians, transforming foam to stone, plain walls into gilded rooms, and new materials into antiques.

ENVD studies natural-terrain schoolyards and reduction of children’s stress

August 13, 2014

Playing in schoolyards that feature natural habitats and trees and not just asphalt and recreation equipment reduces children’s stress and inattention, according to a University of Colorado Boulder study. Working on class assignments or gardening in such settings also provide stress-reducing benefits for youth, according to a paper published in the journal Health & Place.

ENVD Senior Instructor Rob Pyatt recieves Campus Compact of the Mountain West Scholarship in Action Award

April 23, 2014

Rob was notified by Stephanie Schooley, Executive Director of the Campus Compact of the Mountain West and she stated, "The Scholarship in Action Award recognizes a faculty member at a CCMW member institution whose employment of service learning pedagogy concretely impacted students’ comprehension of course material, enhanced students’ awareness and understanding of current social issues, and addressed a pressing community identified need. The committee unanimously agreed that Mr.

ENVD Senior Brendan Hurley chosen as City of Boulder Parklet Competition Finalist

April 23, 2014

The city of Boulder Downtown and University Hill Management Division/Parking Services, pilot arklet competition received thirty-three team and individual proposals, and Brendan's proposal was selected as one of four finalists!  
A public display of all parklet proposals will be arranged with Innisfree Poetry Bookstore in mid-April, but no date has been set. 

C4C Garden to Table Partnership recieves $2,500 Grant

April 23, 2014

The C4C Garden to Table Partnership between ENVD and Housing and Dining Services received a $2,500 grant from Sustainable CU to fund fabrication of tomato cages (designed by ENVD student Ben Seaman), print signage (designed by ENVD students Erin Hauer, Mariah Hermsmeyer, and Bodie Hultin) and to expand plantings for the year.  Erin Hauer, Tory Moore, and Ben Seaman collaborated in the grant writing

DigiFab displays work at Hangar 41

April 23, 2014

ENVD Instructor Marcus Farr's Digital Fabrication studio displays their work from this semester in an exhibit at Hangar 41 Gallery in Denver.  The work was viewed by more than 1000 people as part of the opening night of the Santa Fe Art District First Friday Artwalk and Doors Open Denver.  It includes digitally fabricated wood, veneer, paper, cardboard materials.

New Environmental Design Minor Launches

March 18, 2014

CU-Boulder’s Program in Environmental Design is launching a new minor, to begin this fall, with three possible tracks: design, history and theory, and planning.  

The Environmental Design minor is open to all students on campus and provides a foundation in theory, history, and methodology employed in fields such as architecture, planning, landscape architecture and related design disciplines.

GUB & Green Neighborhood work with Whittier Elementary featured in Daily Camera

March 11, 2014

The Whittier students, along with students at Boulder High, are working with environmental design classes at the University of Colorado on a redevelopment plan for CU's family and graduate housing. Growing Up Boulder and the city also are part of the project.

"We want to show kids that their opinions are being heard and really matter," said Tori Derr, faculty coordinator at Growing Up Boulder and an environmental design senior instructor.