University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture

Roxi Thoren

Roxi Thoren, Associate Professor or Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Associate Professor

phone: (541) 346-3641
office: 217 Lawrence Hall

M.Arch 2001, M.L.A. 2002, University of Virginia (2004)
B.A. 1996, Wellesley College


Roxi Thoren is Associate Professor in the Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon, where she teaches urban design, ecological urbanism, and professional practice.  She holds Master’s degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia.  She has worked for architectural firms in Boston, Charlottesville, and Philadelphia, and has professional experience in grayfields redevelopment, urban design, and vegetated architecture.

Professor Thoren researches urban design structured on ecological and environmental processes.  Through case studies, competitions, and public-service studios, she investigates the hybrid ecologies of urban neighborhoods.  Primary design investigations include water quality improvement, energy independence, and urban agriculture, all at the neighborhood scale.  These investigations typically require medium to large land parcels in urban settings, which has led to secondary research on the development potentials (and pitfalls) of brownfields and grayfields. Thoren’s current research includes a study of ecological neighborhoods in the Pacific Northwest, and a study of the architectural potential of landscape analysis, through contemporary Icelandic case studies.

Thoren is a Fulbright Scholar, and a recipient of scholarly and design awards including Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture paper of the year and design awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards.