University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture


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


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...



Architecture student team wins global prize for window blinds research, design

A team of UO architecture students has won a global prize for research into how daylight affects us at work and how window blind design can provide a more comfortable, productive workplace. UO architecture PhD student Amir Nezamdoost and research assistant Alen Mahic won the Regional Award for The Americas in the International VELUX Award for Students of Architecture competition, presented recently at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin....

Automated Blinds Study poster


Architecture alumnus makes a difference through design and post-disaster relief

Above: Alex Miller in India in March 2010. Photo courtesy of Miller. While countries around the world are grappling with the ongoing migrant crisis, one University of Oregon architecture graduate found himself personally working with refugees in Sofia, Bulgaria this past December. “Disaster exposes a weakness in a community’s resilience,” said Alex Miller, B. Arch ’09. “You become resilient with better design. Disasters, for me, were an...

Alex Miller


A&AA undergrad named among Top 60 architecture students, headed to workshop with Walt Disney Imagineers

University of Oregon undergraduate student Cameron Yegge is among the Top 60 architecture students nationally, the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) announced. The new honor showcases the top 60 AIAS members and invites winners to engage with Walt Disney Imagineers from May 19 to May 21, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. Walt Disney Imagineering imagines, designs, and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions, and cruise...

Cameron Yegge


Albers exhibit debuts rare work and innovative panel system

A recent exhibit in the Wallace and Grace Hayden Gallery was notable not just for the artwork itself—folio pages from a rare design book by color master Josef Albers—but also for the framework that displayed the art. Architecture Pro Tem Instructor Landry Smith designed the innovative panel system, which is also intended for staging future art exhibits in Lawrence Hall’s Hayden Gallery as well as elsewhere on campus and beyond. The portable,...

framework under construction


UN invites UO professor to help shape 'rights of nature'

Erin Moore makes a regular practice of melding architectural design with science. She has taught architecture classes at UO in collaboration with a chemist and a wood scientist. A practicing architect and teacher, she emphasizes the role of natural systems and environmental ethics in design processes. She has worked internationally to push the boundaries of design and construction. So when the United Nations came calling, it wasn’t an unwelcome...

Erin Moore


Van Den Wymelenberg research aims to meld green, healthy building technologies

Two UO professors are helping to organize an inaugural gathering to develop a healthy-building certification process similar to LEED, which advocates for green-building programs. Architecture Associate Professor Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg and biology Professor Jessica Green are working on the 2017 Health and Energy Consortium, which hopes to strike a balance between the greenest and healthiest technologies. "The most energy efficient building is...

Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg