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.


Laptop and software requirements

CADLab is the main provider of computer support for the Faculty of Architecture. They provide equipment loans, maintain the computer lab, the printing & scanning facilities, as well as provide technical help to staff and students. CADLab has worked with all the departments to establish specifications. CADLab provides only very basic assistance with troubleshooting student owned equipment.

All students are responsible for installing and configuring the software on their personal laptops. If you have questions or concerns please contact Chris Leigh, CADLab Coordinator, at 204-474-9945 or by e-mail Chris.Leigh@umanitoba.ca

'Computers on Campus' at the University of Manitoba bookstore is an authorized Dell reseller familiar with the faculty laptop requirements and have educational discounts available for students. Please contact Computers on Campus at 204-474-7000 or computers.on.campus@umanitoba.ca for details.

Recommended laptop configuration:
9th Gen or better Intel Core i7
16GB RAM or better
1080p or 4K display
AMD or NVIDIA Graphics
512GB SSD or larger

Dell Precision 5550
approx. $2700
Apple MacBook Pro 16"
2.6Ghz core i7 or better
16GB RAM or better
Radeon Pro 5300 M w/4GB
512GB SSD or larger
(approx. $2999)

While it is possible to run Windows on Mac laptops, it is cumbersome to do so. Due to the technical complexities involved with properly installing and configuring Windows on a MacBook Pro, CADLab recommends that students purchase a Windows PC Laptop rather than a MacBook Pro.

MacBook models which do not have dedicated graphics hardware are not powerful enough to run much of the required CAD software.This includes all MacBook Air and all 13" Pro models.

Students are responsible for installing and configuring their own copy of Microsoft Windows on their Mac should they require it. You can use either VMWare or Boot Camp to do this, see below for the comparison between these two methods.

VMWare Boot Camp
  • Allows you to use Windows and Mac applications at the same time
  • No need to reboot to switch between Mac and Windows
  • Easy to share files between Mac and Windows


  • Much poorer performance. Applications operate about 15-40% slower in VMWare compared to Boot Camp
  • Programs that depend heavily on 3d graphics may be especially slow or exhibit compatibility problems
  • Runs Windows programs at full speed
  • Effectively the same as using a real PC, which eliminates any compatibility issues there might be with VMWare


  • Mac programs are not available while using Windows
  • Must reboot to switch between Mac and Windows
  • Uses much more disc space
  • Complicated to install
For performance and compatibility reasons, CADLab recommends Boot Camp over VMWare

Software requirements

Required (all years):

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Microsoft Office
  • AutoCAD (2020 Mac or 2021 Windows)
  • Rhinoceros 3D v6*

Required (Architecture option years only):

  • 3ds max 2021*
  • Revit 2021*

Required (Interior Environments option years only):

  • Revit 2021*

Required (Landscape + Urbanism option years only):

  • Vectorworks 2020

Fore more information on where to obtain specific software check the Faculty of Architecture software list.

Programs marked with a * require Microsoft Windows.
Rhino and AutoCAD for Mac are missing some features and plugins compared to the Windows version.

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