University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture


Strengthened graduate programs just part of her legacy

Under Theodoropoulos’ leadership, the department has added new graduate programs, increased its faculty, and developed a new facility in Portland. Department of Architecture Head and Professor Christine Theodoropoulos is moving on September 1 to become dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California. She’ll assume her new post September 1. Theodoropoulos joined...

Christine Theodoropoulos


Professionals offer advice to architecture students

The consultants give students another viewpoint from their relevant expertise. In Professor Michael Fifield’s architecture terminal studio, Fifield links students with practicing professionals to give them one more avenue for feedback before they graduate and become professionals themselves. Since Fifield, FAIA, began teaching his two-term housing studio, it has always included a program that matches interested students with a professional to...

Amanda Asa’s apartment complex project


Chicago architect to give keynote at McMath symposium

Gunny Harboe is recognized globally for his work on landmark structures. Award-winning preservation architect Gunny Harboe, FAIA, will be keynote speaker at the inaugural George McMath Symposium on Wednesday, May 30, from 10-11:15 a.m. at the University in Oregon in Portland White Stag Block, 70 N.W. Couch St. Ticket prices start at $10 (students can attend for free) and are available at, with reservations accepted through...

Sullivan Center in Chicago


Undergrad seeks to expand social, health care in rehabilitation center

Project in Australia would house orphaned refugee children in a community, therapeutic setting In the search for design that adheres to a specific user-group, a UO interior architecture student is tackling how design addresses social issues. In particular, undergraduate Sonia Nesse’s comprehensive studio project focuses on a new model of temporary housing for children seeking asylum through counseling and design strategies to promote both...

Sonia Nesse’s project panel


Fulbright research will analyze biking, walking patterns

Linking sustainability to the suburbs allows for cross-cultural analysis of research. Nico Larco has a busy year ahead. Selected for the Fulbright Scholar program to conduct research in Spain, Larco will examine suburban development in relation to active travel to nearby commercial centers. Because Spain’s suburban development has surprising similarities to suburban development in the U.S. but has much higher rates of walking and biking for day-...

Sant Cugat del Valles, a Barcelona suburb


Five UO alumni architects elevated to AIA College of Fellows

They’ll be officially invested during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The American Institute of Architects has announced the elevation of five architects and UO alumni to the AIA College of Fellows for 2012. They include Scott Kelsey, Jonathan Marvel, Lorne McConachie, David Tomber, and Scott Wolf. Fewer than two percent of all registered architects in the United States are elevated to Fellowship in the AIA. The AIA Fellowship program elevates...

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From washing pots in Carson Hall to winning filmmaking awards

“I didn’t plan to be an actor, it just happened to me, but I’m lucky that I had those foundations” from his architecture training at UO, says the A&AA grad turned movie actor-producer. Watch a video about Daniel Wu's visit to the UO here. When Daniel Wu posted on his blog in April that he was “going back to school,” the comment snagged 15,147 views in mere hours. Wu, who’s been called the Johnny Depp of Chinese cinema, is a 1997 graduate of...

Daniel Wu meets with students, while the Duck observes


Graduate fine arts students’ work goes on display

How we use and change the already built world will define architecture in the 21st century, Jean Carroon says. Boston-based architect Jean Carroon, an expert on applying sustainable design technology to historic buildings, brings her message about the role and influence of historic building preservation to Eugene when she speaks Monday, April 30, at 5:30 p.m. in 206 Lawrence Hall, 1190 Franklin Blvd. The event is free and open to the public. A...

the Trinity Church Undercroft, a new space created under the 1873 H.H. Richardson building in Boston


Cloepfil melds landscapes, contemporary design

University of Oregon architecture alumnus Brad Cloepfil, AIA, NCARB, founded Allied Works Architecture, which now has offices in New York City and Portland, in 1994. A&AA writer Cari Johnson recently caught up with Cloepfil, who lectured at UO in Portland this April as a part of the UO Department of Architecture’s Spring 2012 Lecture Series. CJ: Where were you before you entered the University of Oregon for architecture? BC: I was raised...

A private residence in the Hudson River Valley


Architecture student explores daylight and electric lighting user patterns

Underutilization of daylighted spaces causes reassessment of sustainability design When graduate architecture student Erik Bonnett paid a site visit to a LEED-Gold certified school building that included energy-saving daylighting design, he was surprised to find some classrooms with closed blinds and all the lights on. That’s a direct contrast to the design intent of reducing use of nonrenewable electric lighting, so he and his research team...

Students study by daylight only in a classroom at Baker Prairie Middle School in Canby, Oregon