Environmental design and planning

Environmental design and planning is the moniker used by several Ph.D. programs that take a multidisciplinary approach to the built environment. Typically environmental design and planning programs address architectural history or design (interior or exterior), city or regional planning, landscape architecture history or design, environmental planning, construction science, cultural geography, or historic preservation. Social science methods are frequently employed; aspects of sociology or psychology can be part of a research program.

The concept of "environmental" in these programs is quite broad and can encompass aspects of the natural, built, work, or social environments.

Areas of research

* Environmental psychology
* Environmental sociology
* Sociology of architecture
* Environmental planning
* Ecology
* Sustainability
* Architecture
* Landscape architecture
* Urban planning
* Historic preservation
* Construction science

Academic programs

The following universities offer a Ph.D. in environmental design and planning:
* [http://www.clemson.edu/caah/pla/edp/ Clemson University, College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities]
* [http://design.asu.edu/phd/ Arizona State University, College of Design]
* [http://www.k-state.edu/grad/gscurrent/catalog/epd.htm Kansas State University]
* [http://www.ucalgary.ca/evds/phd_2008 University of Calgary] (technically the Ph.D. is in "environmental design," but encompasses the same scope as the other programs)

Virginia Tech until recently offered the degree program, but has since [http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/story.php?relyear=2006&itemno=161 replaced] it with programs in "architecture and design research" and "planning, governance, and globalization".

Related programs

* University of Missouri, Columbia: [http://www.missouri.edu/~arch/resources/FinalGraduatePages.pdf Ph.D. in Human Environmental Sciences] (PDF file) with emphasis in Architectural Studies.
* Texas A & M University offers a [http://archone.tamu.edu/architecture/grad_frame.html Ph.D. in architecture] that emphasizes environmental design.


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