University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture


Two UO architecture alums named Portland Women of Influence

Portland Business Journal has recognized UO alumnae and architects Melody Emerick and Katherine Schultz among this year’s Women of Influence. Emerick’s firm had been named the Portland Business Journal’s 2014 Small Business Company of Year and Schultz’s contributions to high-profile commercial real estate projects were noted for making a difference locally and abroad. Read more in Around the O. Above: Melody Emerick (left) and Katherine Schultz

Melody Emerick and Katherine Schultz


Portland Art Museum installs retrospective of Oregon architect John Yeon

A major retrospective of Oregon architect John Yeon opens at the Portland Art Museum May 13 and runs through September 3. Above: Aubrey Watzek House, 1937, exterior. Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon surveys two dozen projects and buildings designed between 1927 and the mid-’50s, including a 1934 scheme for Timberline Lodge; Yeon’s inventive plywood houses of the late ’30s; and the 1950 Shaw House,...

Watzek House


Provost announces approval of new College of Design

We are excited to share the news that the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts' proposal to become the College of Design has been approved following review by the Office of the Provost and the University Senate. The renaming will take effect on July 1, 2017. Our entire academic community, including our current students, faculty, staff, and alumni provided valuable input in the development of the college and we wish to...

College of Design


Design studio drafts solutions for ‘campus’ to help Portland’s unhoused

“When you’re homeless, you get so used to doing what you have to do to survive another day that you’re not thinking about getting up at a certain time or looking for work or taking care of yourself. Those are skills you have to re-learn.” — Robin Lloyd, resident of the Portland Rescue Mission. Architecture graduate students at the UO in Portland are designing concepts to provide relief for Portland’s unhoused population that will help ease them...

Opsis Associate Principal and studio instructor Joe Baldwin talks to students


Student-run HOPES conference to bring ecological designers, scholars, writers

The Holistic Options for Planet Earth Sustainability (HOPES) conference, an annual gathering hosted each spring term by the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts, is one of the only student-run sustainability conferences in the United States. The event features lectures, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, and nightly mixers. It is free and open to the UO community as well as the general public. This year’s theme,...

Displacement HOPES 23


Fifield wins Fulbright to study sustainable housing, planning in Portugal

Housing design needs in Oregon and Portugal share surprising similarities. Both enjoy Mediterranean climates. Both face similar zoning and land use policy challenges. And both strive to provide affordable housing in challenging economic times. Noticing these connections, UO architecture Professor Michael Fifield proposed a collaborative, international project to determine how land-use classification, among other factors, could help guide housing...

Michael Fifield


Student group gets city backing for new East 13th bikeway

Efforts by A&AA students going back to 2013 will come to fruition in a new two-way bike lane the City of Eugene expects to build in 2018. The UO’s LiveMove student organization spearheaded the project after an off-campus student housing development was built without allowing for a bike-friendly route to campus. The LiveMove group, which included planning and architecture students, designed what will be called the David Minor Bikeway. Read...

two-way bike path


Architecture students get ‘hydro-logical’ about climate change

The last time you flushed a toilet, you likely didn’t think twice about it, much less about possible ramifications. But a University of Oregon architecture studio is focused on virtually eliminating water waste within urban buildings to help mitigate the effects of climate change. Above: Graduate student Gretchen Leary (at right) discusses water systems with (from left) Meg Prier, project manager and designer with Hyphae Design Laboratory;...

students in studio session


A&AA dean shares ideas on globalization, ‘ghost living,’ and gentrification during lecture tour in England and Ireland

A&AA Dean Christoph Lindner undertook a lecture tour in England and Ireland in January, exploring topics including urban renewal on Amsterdam’s waterfront, the “aesthetics of slowness” in global cities, New York’s High Line elevated park, and the urban politics of Brutalism. Above: Glasgow’s Red Road ghost towers, prepped for demolition. Photo by Christoph Lindner. The lectures served as a prelude to the forthcoming publication of...

Torre David in Caracas, Venezuela


Bright lights, big wins for product design students

Four Department of Product Design students recently won a competition to develop solutions for multi-use LED trail lighting for commercial use. The two student teams — KeeAnna Turner and Andrew Zielinski, and Tin Le and Sarah Roner-Reiter — split the $5,000 award for their projects, which were developed in Assistant Professor Wonhee Arndt’s PD 410 Lighting Design course in fall 2016. Turner and Zielinski aspired to create a light both unique in...