Bachelor of Environmental Design

The Bachelor of Environmental Design is a four-year undergraduate, honours degree program. The program focuses on the study of design through environmental, theoretical, technical, and studio courses. The program is a third-year entry program. Prospective applicants can apply to the ENDS program after completing at least two years of full-time college/university study or the equivalent of 60 UBC credits. Students enter into the ENDS program in their third year and can expect to take a minimum of two years to complete the program.

The program is anchored by a core design studio sequence aimed at providing students with the context and knowledge to examine and critically respond to the complex relationships between humans and their natural and built environments. The studio courses form the design components of the program. In each studio, students focus on an area of exploration based on a successive graduation of scale: terrain(s), construction(s), institution(s), and settlement(s).
 
During studio instruction, students investigate, apply, and synthesize design theories and techniques through site specific explorations, involving both theoretical and real-life applications of topical environmental issues.
 

First and Second Years - 60 credits

6 credits from English in literature and composition

6 credits from Geography

48 credits from years 1 and 2 courses

Third Year - 36 credits

ARCH 403
Environmental Design Studio 1: Terrain(s)
Introduction to the study of relationships of human beings' environments; methods of analysis and composition; physical properties of land, natural and man-made; simple spatial and functional programs deployed in the creation of outdoor spaces.

ENDS 301
Environmental Design Studio 1: Terrain(s)
Introduction to the study of relationships of human beings' environments; methods of analysis and composition; physical properties of land, natural and man-made; simple spatial and functional programs deployed in the creation of outdoor spaces.

ENDS 302
Environmental Design Studio 2: Construction(s)
Expands the terms of the purposeful transformation of "place" to include modifications to the environment at the scale of the individual; concepts of dwelling and habitation; the human body as an instrument of measure, dimension and design of the private realm.

ENDS 320
Design, Media, and Representation
Theories, histories and techniques of design representation; geometry, design and expression are principle areas of focus.

ENDS 404
Environmental Design History
A survey of environmental influences in architecture and landscape architecture design across time, geographies, and cultures, from neolithic settlements to nineteenth-century urbanization.

ENDS 420
Technology and Technique
Introduction to fundamental design principles and investigations of buildings, landscape, machines and furniture, including structure, enclosure, envelope and detailing.

LARC 440
Site Analysis and Planning 2
Site analysis and planning of relatively complex sites, emphasizing storm water management design.

3 credits from upper level electives

Fourth Year - 36 credits

ARCH 437
Geometric Modeling
Advanced modeling, rendering and image processing applications; the construction of geometric models, their viewing transformations, light and material attributes, mapping, rendering and animation are introduced.

ENDS 401
Environmental Design Studio 3: Institution(s)
The exploration of a complex physical and spatial program for building in the public realm, resulting in an integrative design project.

ENDS 402
Environmental Design Studio 4: Settlement(s)
Expands the scale and design enquiry to emphasize the relationships between communities and environment, urban infrastructure, and ecological systems.

ENDS 440
Environment and Urban Form
Relationships between, and integration of, the natural environment and the physical form, spatial structure, and livability of cities.

3 credits from

ARCH 411
Building Technology 1
An investigation of building materials and systems considering design objectives, environmental conditions, historical context, regulatory controls, and economic constraints. Emphasis on materials as used in light wood-frame Construction and building science for enclosure design.

LARC 431
Landscape Technologies 1: Site Engineering
Terrain design, drainage, and stormwater management.

3 credits from

ARCH 404
Architectural History 1A
Origins of contemporary architectural thought. A survey of theories, technological and social changes which have influenced architecture and related fields since the 18th century.

ARCH 405
Architectural History 1B
Developments in modern and contemporary architectural thought. Critical analysis of the contribution of the 20th century producers of architecture, engineering, and industrial design.

6 credits from upper level electives