Environmental Design and Urbanism in Developing Countries

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program


The undergraduate minor in environmental design and urbanism in developing countries serves students majoring in humanities, social sciences, and a variety of professional fields. The minor is intended to expose students to basic problems, cultural contexts, policy alternatives, and design solutions in the Third World.

There is no major program; students interested in pursuing this course of study at the major level should consider the BA in Architecture program.

Declaring the Minor

A letter grade of C- or higher is required in ENV DES 1 to declare the minor. To declare, students must submit the CED Request to Add Minor Form, available on the CED website. When completing the final requirements for the minor, submit the CED Minor Completion Form.

Other Major and Minors Offered by the Department of Architecture

Architecture (Major and Minor)
History of the Built Environment (Minor only)
Social and Cultural Factors in Design (Minor only)
Sustainable Design (Minor only)

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Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. When completing their final requirements for the minor, students must submit the CED Minor Completion Form, available on the CED website.

General Guidelines

  1. A letter grade of C- or higher in ENV DES 1 is required to declare the minor. To declare, students must submit the CED Request to Add Minor Form, available on the CED website.
  2. Each course used to fulfill minor requirements must be completed with a letter grade of C- or above.
  3. Students must earn a 2.0 GPA in the upper division requirements for the minor.
  4. Any course used in fulfillment of minor requirements may also be used to fulfill major and upper division CED non-major requirements.
  5. Courses used to fulfill a breadth requirement may also be used to satisfy minor requirements.
  6. Students may apply the non-CED version of a CED cross-listed course towards the minor.
  7. Students may use up to two courses taken abroad to fulfill upper division minor requirements, with faculty approval of the individual courses.


Introduction to Environmental Design [3] (A letter grade of C- or higher is required to declare the minor.)
Upper Division (5 courses) 1
Select three courses from the following:
An Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism [4]
An Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism [4]
Special Topics in the History of Architecture [2-4] (when topic relates to developing countries only; must be taken for 2+ units.)
Housing, Urbanization, and Urbanism: Design, Planning, and Policy Issues in Developing Countries [4] (Instructor permission required)
Course Not Available [3] 2, 3
Urbanization in Developing Countries [4] 2, 3
The City: Theories and Methods in Urban Studies [4] 2
Select two courses from the following: 4
Comparative Society [4]
ANTHRO courses numbered between ANTHRO 170-ANTHRO 188
Course Not Available [4]
Sociology and Political Ecology of Agro-Food Systems [4]
The Middle East From the 18th Century to the Present [4]
Topics in the History of Southest Asia: Modern Southeast Asia [4]
Topics in the History of Southest Asia: Political and Cultural History of Vietnam [4]
Africa: Modern South Africa, 1652-Present [4]
Course Not Available [4]
Modern Korean History [4]
Politics, Culture, and Philosophy in South Asia before Modernity [4]
India: Modern South Asia [4]
China: Two Golden Ages: China During the Tang and Song Dynasties [4]
China: Modern China [4]
Mexico: Modern Mexico [4]
Social History of Latin America: Social History of Modern Latin America [4]
Brazil [4]
Development Politics [4]
Politics and Government in Eastern Europe [4]
Middle East Politics [4]
Northeast Asian Politics [4]
Japanese Politics [4]
Politics of Divided Korea [4]
South Asian Politics [4]
Latin American Politics [4]

Graduate courses in subjects related to those on Lists 1 and 2 may be used as substitutes if approved by the faculty adviser.


All International and Area Studies (IAS) courses including those in Middle Eastern Studies (M E STU), Latin American Studies (LATAMST), Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS), Development Studies (DEV STD), and Political Economy of Industrial Societies (POLECON) may be used as substitutes provided prior approval of the faculty minor adviser is granted. Please contact the staff adviser for more information.


Environmental Design and Urbanism in Developing Countries

Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.


Mark S. Anderson, Professor. Architecture, building design, BIM, integrated project delivery, building construction, school design, housing design, net zero energy desig, nurban design, building integrated modeling, IPD, design-build, prefabricated, modular, architecture in China, architecture in Japan, urban water.
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William Andrew Atwood, Assistant Professor.

R. Gary Black, Associate Professor. Architecture, finite element modeling, finite element analysis, structure and space, experimental testing, timber connections, teaching structures, integrating structure and architecture.
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Jean-Paul Bourdier, Professor.

Gail S. Brager, Professor. Architecture, comfort and adaptation in buildings, design and performance of offices.
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Dana Buntrock, Professor. Architecture, construction industry, East Asian studies, architectural practice in Japan.
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Tom Buresh, Professor.

Luisa Caldas, Professor.

Christopher L. Calott, Associate Professor.

Greg Castillo, Associate Professor.

Raveevarn Choksombatchai, Associate Professor.

Renee Y. Chow, Professor. Urban design, architectural design.
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Galen Cranz, Professor. Architecture, sociology of space, urban parks, Alexander Technique, chairs, ergonomics, somatics, body conscious design, social research methods for architecture and urban design, ethnography, programming, post occupancy evaluation and assessment, sociology of taste, housing for the elderly.
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Margaret L. Crawford, Professor.

C. Greig Crysler, Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, CED. Architecture, geopolitics of architectural discourse, globalization and social production of the built environment, architecture and identity.
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Rene Davids, Professor. Architecture and urban design and theory.
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Nicholas de Monchaux, Professor. Architecture, urban design and organization, natural and manmade systems.
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Anthony Dubovsky, Professor.

Harrison Fraker, Professor. Urban design, architecture, environmental design, passive solar, daylighting, sustainable design, sustainable systems, urban design principles, transit oriented neighborhoods.
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Danelle Guthrie-Buresh, Associate Adjunct Professor.

Maria Paz Gutierrez, Associate Professor. Next-generation building systems, self-regulated facades, biologically inspired technologies, multifunctional materials.
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Lisa M. Iwamoto, Professor. Architecture, design, materials research and fabrication.
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Ronald L. Rael, Professor. 3D printed buildings, additive manufacturing, earth architecture, mud, dirt, dust, U.S.-Mexico border wall, arid landscapes, ranching, acequias, alipne deserts, ceramics, rural architecture, ruralism, animation, digital modeling, furry buildings, unnatural materials, rasquachetecture.
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Stefano Schiavon, Assistant Professor. Energy, architecture, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, building energy efficiency, indoor environment quality, productivity, wellbeing, sustainable building design, simulation and verification, personal environmental control system, energy simulation, underfloor air distribution, radiant, post-occupancy evaluation.
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Simon Schleicher, Assistant Professor.

Andrew Shanken, Professor. Memory, visionary architecture, the unbuilt, paper architecture, heritage conservation, architectural representation, urban representation, diagrams, history of professions, historiography, world's fairs, expositions, California architecture, themed environments.
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Kyle Steinfeld, Assistant Professor. Digital design, design computation, data visualization, architectural representation, design methods.
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Jill H. Stoner, Professor. Architecture, architecture as fiction, derivation of spatial words, Jewish ghettos in Italy.
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M. Susan Ubbelohde, Professor. India, architecture, climate and architecture, Le Corbusier, Kahn, Correa, Doshi, culture and practice, daylighting design tools, software evaluation, sky simulator design, low-energy design, California residential industry.
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Marco Cenzatti, Continuing Lecturer.

Roddy Creedon, Continuing Lecturer.

William W. Di Napoli, Continuing Lecturer.

Darell W. Fields, Continuing Lecturer.

Charles Salter, Continuing Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Christopher W. J. Alexander, Professor Emeritus.

+ Nezar Alsayyad, Professor Emeritus. Virtual reality, urban history, Architectural history, Middle Eastern Studies, cross-cultural design, cities and cinema, cultural studies of the built environment, environmental design in developing countries, housing and urban development, Islamic architecture and urbanism, traditional dwelling and settlements, urban design and physical planning.
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Edward A. Arens, Professor Emeritus. Indoor environment, thermal comfort, occupant surveys, building environmental control, ventilation, wind, architectural aerodynamics.
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Richard Bender, Professor Emeritus.

Charles C. Benton, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, thermal comfort, sunlight and shadow patterns, measurement of physical building performance.
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Peter C. Bosselmann, Professor Emeritus. Urban design, architecture, city and regional planning, landscape architecture.
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Gary R. Brown, Professor Emeritus.

Mary C. Comerio, Professor Emeritus. Disaster recovery, housing impacts in disasters, loss modeling, performance based design.
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Clare Cooper Marcus, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, landscape architecture, environmental planning, medium-density housing, public housing modernization, public open-space design, children's environments, housing for the elderly.
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+ Sam Davis, Professor Emeritus.

Margaret Or Penny Dhaemers, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, electronic imaging, 2D and 3D.
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William R. Ellis, Professor Emeritus. Sociology, social issues in architecture and urban design.
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Norma D. Evenson, Professor Emeritus.

Richard E. Fernau, Professor Emeritus.

Paul Groth, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, vernacular architecture, urban geography, suburban America, cultural landscape studies, housing (US).
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Sara Ishikawa, Professor Emeritus.

Yehuda E. Kalay, Professor Emeritus. Virtual reality, new media, computer-aided design, design methods, colaborative design.
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Lars G. Lerup, Professor Emeritus.

Donlyn Lyndon, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, structure of place, ethical dimensions of design.
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W. Mike Martin, Professor Emeritus.

+ Richard C. Peters, Professor Emeritus.

Jean Pierre Protzen, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, design, planning, the logics of design, and construction principles of ancient civilizations, pre-columbian South America, architecture and construction, Tiwanaku in Bolivia, Tambo Colorado in Peru.
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Stanley Saitowitz, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, architecture and cooking, urbanism and computers.
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Maryly A. Snow, Professor Emeritus.

Daniel Solomon, Professor Emeritus.

Claude Stoller, Professor Emeritus.

Stephen Tobriner, Professor Emeritus.

+ E. Marc Treib, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, East Asian studies, Japanese architecture and gardens.
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Sim H. Van Der Ryn, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Department of Architecture

232 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-4942

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Minor Program Faculty Adviser

Neyran Turan

351 Wurster Hall


Minor Program Staff Adviser

Isela Pena-Rager

250 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-4944


Department Chair

Renee Chow

232A Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-4942


Undergraduate Major Head

M. Paz Gutierrez

331 Wurster Hall


Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

C. Greig Crysler

354 Wurster Hall


Director, Office of Undergraduate Advising

Susan Hagstrom

250 Wurster Hall


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