Bren School of Environmental Studies


The Bren School of Environmental Studies is one of the premier environmental science schools in the country, and the only graduate school of environmental management in the UC system. The building itself is also exceptional. The first dedicated research and laboratory facility to achieve the highest LEED status as a new building, it was re-certified Platinum in the existing buildings category in 2009 and again in 2017. It is the only building to receive multiple platinum awards. The central courtyard offers informal meeting spaces, while the open, exterior stairwell provides architectural interest.

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership is an international architectural firm that specializes in commercial and education projects. In addition to the Bren School, they also designed the Marine Science Building (2004) and the Humanities and Social Sciences building (1994).


University of California, Santa Barbara Campus Building records, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.




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