University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture

Nico Larco

Nico Larco, Associate Professor of Architecture     Associate Professor
    Co-Director, Sustainable Cities Initiative

    phone: 503.412.3732
    office: 4r – White Stag Building, Portland

    M.Arch. University of California, Berkeley, 2001
    M.CPUD University of California, Berkeley, 2001
    B.Arch. Cornell University, 1996
    B.A. (Cognitive Psychology) Cornell University, 1996
    Registered: Massachusetts, NCARB

    Curriculum Vitae
    Sustainable Cities Initiative


Nico Larco is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon and is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative, a nationally and internationally awarded, multidisciplinary organization that focuses on sustainability issues as they relate to the built environment.

Professor Larco’s research focus is on sustainable urban design, active transportation, street design, and how urban design affects the sustainability of buildings.  He recently developed the Sustainable Urban Design Framework that identifies sustainability goals and organizes urban design elements and approaches based on these goals and a project’s scale.  He is currently working on a book on the subject with Routledge that is due out in early 2017. 

Professor Larco has received numerous national and international awards for his work and was a 2012/13 Distinguished Fulbright Scholar in Spain.  He has published in journals such as the Journal of Urban Design, the Journal of Urbanism, and the Journal of Architecture and Planning Research.  His work has been the subject of articles in the New York Times, Forbes, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Financial Times of London.  He is a licensed architect and has worked professionally in the fields of Architecture, Urban Design, Planning, and Development.

Larco runs a small design practice and sustainability focused consultancy in Portland.  Before joining the faculty at the University of Oregon he was a project architect at William Rawn Associates in Boston, where he completed a pair of residence halls at Amherst that received an AIA New England Design Award and a BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence in 2005.

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