Environmental design students work together in pairs in a classroom.

Bachelor of Environmental Design

The Bachelor of Environmental Design Degree (BEnvD) is a four-year program consisting of two years of common foundation studies, followed by two years of pre-professional intermediate studies in one of three areas of focus:

  • Architecture

  • Interior Environments

  • Landscape + Urbanism

Years 1 and 2 of the program provide a solid grounding in the basic knowledge and language shared by all of the environmental design disciplines. Students come to understand the holistic nature of environmental design and, at an early stage, begin to establish a rich and multidisciplinary dialogue with their peers, while discovering strengths and interests relating to a particular design discipline. Years 3 and 4 provide opportunities to be challenged by academic and professional design theories and practices specific to a particular discipline.

Students holding a BEnvD are eligible to apply to the graduate departments of Architecture, City Planning, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture and to other graduate programs globally.

Admission requirements

Eligibility requirements

To be considered for admission into the Bachelor of Environmental Design Program an applicant must have completed 30 credit hours of university-level coursework with an overall minimum adjusted grade point average of 2.50.

The Applicant Information Bulletin (ED) is required reading for all applicants. It provides a comprehensive look at the Environmental Design Program’s admission requirements and processes.

Applicant Information Bulletin

Foundation studies courses (Year 1)

Requirements for students seeking entry into the Environmental Design Program

EVDS 1660 and EVDS 1670 (History of Culture, Ideas and the Environment 1 &2) with minimum grades of C+ are required as part of the degree program either prior to, or after admission to the program. Students should be aware that these courses are a pre-requisite pathway and EVDS 1670 is a pre-requisite for EVDS 2600 (Tectonic Precedent). It is highly recommended that applicants take all five EVDS first year courses for progression through the program. Those who do not take them or do not achieve the minimum grade of C+ for progression should be aware that these courses are typically offered in the Summer term.

Students must also meet the University of Manitoba’s English Language Proficiency requirements. Students applying from outside the University of Manitoba may wish to contact us for more information about courses transferring with regard to our eligibility requirements.


Environmental Design Program: Architecture Master Preparation Option (ED AMP)

For students who already have an undergraduate degree, the Environmental Design Program: Architecture Master Preparation Option is a great way to qualify for application to the Faculty's Master of Architecture program.

Stream one (ED AMP 1: two years of study)

For students who have a recognized undergraduate degree but little or no formal design education. Upon successful completion of all the requirements for this two-year option, students will be eligible to receive a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree.

Stream two (ED AMP 2: one year of study)

For students who already have an undergraduate design degree in an allied design field such as interior design or landscape architecture. These students may be considered on a case-by-case basis for placement into Year 4 Environmental Design Program Architecture Option, but will be ineligible to receive the Bachelor of Environmental Design degree.


Fall 2021 Laptop and software requirements

Minimum Laptop Requirements
OS:        Windows 10 64-Bit
Processor:    10th Generation Intel Core i7 or faster
RAM:         16GB RAM or higher
Graphics:    Radeon RX or NVIDIA RTX
Display:    1920x1080 minimum; 4K recommended
Storage:    512GB SSD Minimum; 1TB recommended

Why is there no Mac option?
Apple’s newest laptops with M1 processors are no longer able to run Windows, which is a requirement of some of our software.

Apple still offers for sale some older models with Intel chips, and these can still run Windows with VMWare Fusion or Boot Camp.  However, these laptops are based on older processors and are notably slower than their PC counterparts. 

Software Requirements

Required (All years)
•    Adobe Creative Cloud
•    Microsoft Office 365
•    AutoCAD 2022
•    Rhinoceros 3D v7

Required (L+U Option Years Only)
•    Vectorworks 2021

Required (IE Option Years Only)
•    Revit 2022

Required (Arch Option Years Only)
•    3ds max 2022
•    Revit 2022

Pricing and availability of software is listed on the CADLab website under Available software

The University of Manitoba bookstore is an authorized Dell retailer and has built a custom portal for Architecture students where you can order a laptop and some of the required software.  

You can visit that portal here:  https://tinyurl.com/c7pyy7v6

While students can buy a laptop anywhere they choose, they are encouraged to consider the bookstore, as the bookstore is familiar with the computer requirements for Faculty of Architecture students.


posted July 14, 2021

Student experience in the Environmental Design Program

  • The Environmental Design curriculum is structured around a design studio sequence that provides a forum for exploring the complex relationships between humans and the natural and built environments that constitute the places and artifacts of cultural production. Over a four-year period, students will develop the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue work in a wide variety of design practices.

  • Students sit at their desks working on projects with various supplies and tools.

Contact us

Environmental Design Program
Faculty of Architecture
201 John A. Russell Building
84 Curry Place
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M6