University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture


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


UO launches sustainability partnership with City of Albany

A&AA Dean Christoph Lindner moved from The Netherlands to Eugene in summer 2016 partly due to a program established at the UO.  “One reason I uprooted my life from Amsterdam and came to Eugene included the Sustainable Cities Initiative,” Lindner told a crowd gathered in the Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes to kick off the SCI’s 2016–17 collaboration with the City of Albany, Oregon. “It is truly special on a global scale,” Lindner...

Dyana Mason with audience


UO’s Randy Gragg spotlights Portland architecture in ‘State of Wonder’

The University of Oregon in Portland’s Randy Gragg is collaborating with Oregon Public Broadcasting’s show ‘State of Wonder’ for a year-long look at Portland architecture. Gragg, the executive director of the John Yeon Center for Architecture and Landscape at the UO, is a former architecture critic at The Oregonian and editor-in-chief of Portland Monthly. “No one is more thoroughly steeped in the design character of Portland,” the State of...

Randy Gragg


Gift from alumnus to transform A&AA's architecture program

An estimated $5 million real estate pledge from architect Jim Rothwell, BArch ’80, and his wife, Mary, will advance the UO’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts and help grow the school’s endowment. “This was a way to help out in return for what the school gave me,” says Rothwell. Read more about the Rothwells’ gift at AroundtheO    

Jim Rothwell


Student design-build project wins statewide innovation honors

A house built by University of Oregon students has won the 2016 Golden Key Award for Most Innovative Homeownership project in the state, an honor presented by the Oregon Opportunity Network. The house, constructed during a three-term UO architecture class called OregonBILDS, is part of a multi-year effort to build nine houses on Hope Loop in west Eugene using sustainable design and construction methods. This is the third home the students have...

Golden Key Award