The Environmental Design program focuses designing ourselves back into the environment through expressive interior and architectural space. Projects are developed in an interior architectural, environmental and societal context, with thoughtful respect to the surrounding and pre-existing environments.
Core design studios develop a design methodology of research, analysis, design and presentation, emphasizing conceptual development. Students will learn to transform conceptual ideas into spatial realities and speculations.
Advanced studio projects include commercial, residential, retail, hospitality and institutional design, with a variety of interdisciplinary options.
The fourth-year thesis studio focuses on a more complex project corresponding to your particular values and interests. This core curriculum is supported by a broad base of design theory, material and technology, drawing, computer and graphic presentation, and professional practice course material.
Many continue on to graduate studies in architecture, environmental sciences and sustainability programs, or use their design education to create new opportunities in varied and unique situations.
Places of employment
Our students work in varied spatial design fields and firms; some examples include: Bruce Mau Design; Holt Renfrew (store designer); Starbucks (store design program); Yabu Pushelberg; Cecconi Simone; II BY IV Design; Gluck + (New York); Daniels Corp.; Diamond Schmitt Architects; Harir Pontarini Architects; B+H Architects; Zeidler Partnership Architects; Adamson Architects; Quadrangle Architects; NORR Limited; TIFF (design intern); Scotiabank Canada; Apple.
Many students have entered into master's programs for architecture, utilizing their Environmental Design degrees for their first architectural degrees. Others have gone on to study landscape architecture, theatre design and furniture design.