University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture

Portland Urban Projects Workshop

The Portland Urban Projects Workshop was founded in 2002 to provide advanced students from the University of Oregon’s Department of Architecture with opportunities for immersion in research, public architecture and urban design projects. The Workshop provides professional services supervised by experienced faculty and staffed with graduate and advanced undergraduate students. The Workshop was launched by a grant from the State of Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) in 2002-03 with a project to develop a plan for the Oregon Science and Technology Park (OSTP) in Gresham and Troutdale, Oregon. Subsequent sponsored projects were performed for the Portland Development Commission, the City of Portland Office of Healthy Working Rivers, REACH Community Services and The Ukrainian Catholic University. More than thirty graduate and advanced undergraduate students have participated in the Workshop as outreach work of the school and extensions of design studios. 



Gerald Gast. The Portland Urban Projects Workshop was founded and is directed by Professor Gerald Gast of the Portland Urban Architecture Program, The University of Oregon.
Tim Gordon. Tim Gordon is an architect with LRS Architects in Portland and has served as a visiting faculty member at the University of Oregon.
Teddy Huyck. Tedddy Huyck is an architect with BOORA Architects in Portland and has served as a visiting faculty member at the University of Oregon.

Participating Students

Goose Hollow Urban Design Study:
Samantha Gatzke, A J Handly, Adam Lawler, Eric Nielsen, Brett Olds.

The Portland River Plan Urban Design Studies:
2010-11.  Andrew Bishop, Kate Casselman, Aaron Frease, Meghan Gross, Tim Harkin, Will Ives, Brianne Johnson, Jeff Knighton, Sina Meier,  Jen Millikan, Andi Solk, Ray Tam, Jeff Vincent, Nico Wright.
2011-12.  Albright, Natalie Albright, Jerome Alemayehu, Claire Alyea,  Alex Arizala, Alysia Baldwin, Robert Carbaugh, Daniel Childs, Laure Craig-Bennett, Meagan Dickmann, Seth Dunn, Hannah Feil, Amanda Greshen, Stefanie Hanna-Riggs, Alex Jackson, Ashly Koger, Scott Kosmecki, Garrett Kroll, Yukari Kubo, Jim Lutzke, Michael Prohov, Zach Rosato-Maxwell, Brett Santhuff, Luke Smith, Greg Swift, David Taylor, Alex Zelaya

Master Plan for the Ukrainian Catholic University:
Chris Chu, David Donaldson, Adam Franch, Nathan Gregory, Yeosine Huggins, Jonathan Lemons, Adrienne Leverette, Steven Miller, Kevin Montgomery, Daniel O’Toole, Michelle Hyun-Jin Pak, Samantha Polinik, Andres Seminario.

The Oregon Science and Technology Park:
Kavahn Aman, Harper Bates, Kristin Keenon, Scott Mannhard, Juan Tomas Nunez, Kenneth Riddle, Eric Wiley.

The Goose Hollow Urban Design Study

Working with the community planning group and its Vision Realization Committee, The Workshop recently completed an urban design study for the Goose Hollow neighborhood, an inner city mixed use district within the Portland Central City 2035 Plan. Urban design proposals emphasized strengthening pedestrian and biking links within the neighborhood, dramatic improvements to the West Burnside corridor to improve pedestrian and transit opportunities, a new “Jefferson-Columbia Greenway” linking Washington Park to the Willamette River, new high density mixed use development in the Stadium District, a village green at SW 20th Avenue and Jefferson Street, a new “urban” Lincoln High School building and a neighborhood park built on a freeway cap over the Interstate 405.

PDF Report

A busy street with pedestrians

Master Plan for the Ukrainian Catholic University

For the past six years the Workshop has been engaged in the development of the Master Plan for the new Stryiskyi Park campus of the Ukrainian Catholic University.  The university; is the first Catholic University on the territory of the former Soviet Union and currently an innovative model of private university education in Ukraine. The new campus cornerstone was laid by the late Pope John Paul II when he visited Lviv in 2003. The first two academic buildings were completed and dedicated on September 4, 2013. UO Portland students have received sponsored trips to Ukraine to support their design studies.

Master Plan PDF

Building and courtyard illustration

The Oregon Science and Technology Park. Cities of Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview and Wood Village

The Workshop received a grant from the State of Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission to prepare a Master Plan for the Oregon Science and Technology Park, an environmentally sustainable industrial park being developed by four cities in the eastern Portland metro area adjacent to the Portland Urban Growth Boundary. The site is located along the Columbia River immediately west of the Sandy River. The Master Plan was adopted by each of the four cities as a concept plan for the area. The plan area includes the Port of Portland’s new Troutdale research and industrial park currently being developed on the site of the former Alcoa Aluminum plant.

Final Report PDF

Student project board image

The Portland River Plan, North Reach Urban Design Studies

The Workshop recently completed a three-year collaboration with the City of Portland’s Office of Healthy Working Rivers on urban design and architectural studies associated with the new Willamette River Plan. The first year of studies, linked to design thesis projects, focused on the Willamette North Reach, the city’s industrial waterfront. Subsequent work, also linked to thesis projects, focused on the Central Reach, Portland’s Downtown waterfront. The first year of work concluded with a public exhibition in the Rotunda of Portland City Hall and included sessions with City officials, including the Mayor.
Master Plan. Ukrainian Catholic University. Lviv, Ukraine.

Student project board

Regeneration of Urban Industrial Waterfronts
Urban Design Studies of the Willamette North Reach, Portland, Oregon

This publication summarizes studies for the regeneration of urban industrial waterfronts in Portland, Oregon and four other cities in the United States. The projects are a selection of graduate design thesis projects from the University of Oregon’s Department of Architecture in Portland. The project was a collaboration with the City of Portland Office of Healthy Working Rivers.

Most of the great cities of the world were born on waterfront settings. Although water transportation and defense often provided an initial force for development, the identity and image of countless cities are inseparable from their water edges. Paris is unthinkable without the Seine, Rome without the Tiber. New York’s history, economy and urban identity are closely tied to the East and West Rivers of the Hudson. San Francisco and Sydney, anchored to their bays, draw their “image” from the juxtaposition of water to urban form and architecture.

Rivers and bodies of water evoke memory, cultural history, place and meaning. A great river, lake, or sea often links a city with its larger ecological and psychological region, providing a physical and symbolic “gathering” of forces that transcend function.

View the full publication here.