Mission and Strategic Plan

CED’s Mission

Through teaching, research, and service in design, planning, and management of the land and its structures, CED will work to improve the environment by providing new and time-tested models for development and preservation. The college will educate the next generation of landscape architects, planners, and historic preservation practitioners to become experts in their areas of specialization with the capacity to collaborate and work effectively across traditional disciplinary and professional boundaries. Graduates of the programs will be equipped to practice in an increasingly complex and changing world characterized by global influences, local needs, and the imperative to create a more sustainable future.

Strategic Plan

The College of Environment and Design’s Strategic Plan is based on the need to prepare graduates of our programs to practice in a future world very different from that of the past. During this period of unprecedented change, the most pressing social and environmental needs directly align with the values and expertise long held by the professions represented by the CED’s programs: landscape architecture; historic preservation; and urban and regional planning.

In promoting denser development; new transportation innovations; sustainable development; the restoration and reuse of existing structures and landscapes; environmental advocacy, interpretation, and education; advanced technologies; sound participatory practices; and international engagement, the College of Environment and Design is taking a leadership position among academic institutions with similar programs.

From that flagship position, the CED at UGA will make a real world difference through high quality applied research, innovative teaching, and outstanding service. Universities will need to take a lead in providing the research required by professional practitioners as they design, plan, and manage environments around the world. Practitioners and academics will work together to provide answers to important questions:

  • How will a landscape planned for the production of bio-fuels differ from that of fossil fuels?
  • How will great increases in the cost of gasoline affect urban patterns, food production and distribution, and transportation innovations?
  • In which ways might technology be used to make better decisions about landscape interventions?
  • How will globalization affect professional practice and site-specific landscape decisions?
  • What are the ways to improve methods of participatory practice?
  • How will design and planning professions help to create a healthier populace?

The College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia is committed to searching for answers to those and other questions as we education the next generations of students.

Download a copy of the College’s strategic plan.