University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture


Students earn scholarships for research on commercial air infiltration

Their project not only produced usable results but also taught them how to test unusual spaces. Undergraduate architecture students Dan Beltramo, Wesley Thompson, and Perrin Wright, and undergraduate chemistry student Sara Tepfer spent ten weeks last summer testing small commercial spaces for air tightness and leaks. Thompson, Beltramo, and Tepfer were awarded $500 scholarships for their work from Oregon ASHRAE (American Society of Heating,...

ASHRAE student award winners


Kosbau visit includes biomimetics workshop in Eugene, lecture at Salishan

The 2005 architecture alumnus and Portland native founded his Brooklyn-based firm in 2009. Award-winning architect and UO alumnus Thomas Kosbau will be a keynote speaker at the Oregon Design Conference April 26-28 at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach. While in Oregon, Kosbau will also give a free public lecture in Eugene on April 24, a design workshop in Eugene on April 25, and a lecture in Portland on April 25. His lecture in...

Thomas Kosbau


Students sitting pretty in studio

Visiting professor Nils Ole Zib tasked fifteen interior architecture students with designing and building a chair winter term. “It’s probably the most difficult furniture to make,” Zib says, yet each student produced a completed chair by the end of the ten-week term. Based in Denmark and Sweden, Zib – the UO Margo Grant Walsh visiting professor – asks students to justify their design decisions and asks them “why” to ensure they’re not adding...

Visiting professor Nils Zib works with interior architecture students


UO graduates bolster THA’s award-winning projects

Their recent projects include a LEED Platinum-certified mixed-use building at UW Tacoma, a LEED Platinum-certified project for Mercy Corps in Portland, and a LEED Gold-certified, sixteen-story residential building in downtown Portland. THA Architecture, Inc., a Portland-based firm founded in 1983 by former UO architecture Professor Thomas Hacker, has received several recent regional and national design awards for public building projects. The...

The James F. Miller Theatre Complex


UO architecture student wins award for community service and design

“It’s definitely an honor to win an award named for Senator Hatfield,” Cameron Cole says. She worked with fourteen other students to design and build a tractor shed, berry cooler, and vending space. Graduate architecture student Cameron Cole is one of two winners of the Senator Mark O. Hatfield Educational Award, given to architecture students with outstanding design skills and a willingness to use those skills to serve the community. The...

Cameron Cole at her studio desk. Photo by Ricci Cande


Furniture studio project upgrades Materials Resource Center annex

Interior Architecture students craft wood into suspended ceilings, table and chairs. A recent furniture design studio in interior architecture focused on upgrading the annex adjacent to the Materials Resource Center. The new furniture and architectural changes serve both students and faculty and change the space into a hub of activity for surrounding studios. The only catch, according to Diego Urrutia, the course instructor, was that students...

Students create pieces of the suspended ceiling


Speranza presents findings on place branding

Architecture Assistant Professor Philip Speranza presents his research in The Netherlands and is scheduled to address several other conferences in 2012.   Department of Architecture Assistant Professor Philip Speranza recently presented research on “bottom-up” urban design strategies as demonstrated through his contributions to the 22@ district planning office in Barcelona, Spain. His presentation before the International Place Branding...

Festes de gracia – Neighborhood block installations


Portland architect Hal Ayotte recognized for notable preservation projects

The University of Oregon presents the George McMath Award to a co-founder of FFA Architecture and Interiors, Inc. Portland architect Hal S. Ayotte is the recipient of the University of Oregon’s 2012 George McMath Award. His expertise and guidance in preservation efforts on some of the Northwest's most notable historic treasures earned him high praise and recognition. The awards ceremony will take place Wednesday, May 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m...

Hal S. Ayotte


A digital window at work brings in the outdoors

A UO graduate student is recognized in a competition seeking open source electronics from development to production. UO architecture graduate student Jeffrey Stattler was awarded $250 for being a finalist in the 2011 WyoLum Innovation Grant competition for his VirtualIntervention project, which aims to connect people in windowless spaces to the outdoor environment by addressing the common problem of windowlessness with a live electronic...

A snapshot of the tree animation that will be projected on the wall.


Planning, architecture students re-imagine former Waremart site

This year’s Sustainable City Year Program shifts to Springfield, Oregon, where students are learning hands-on collaboration, design, and other skills. One of their first projects was rethinking a big box retail area, one of fifteen projects included in the year-long partnership with Springfield. Now in its third year, the Sustainable Cities Initiative’s Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) is working with the City of Springfield, Oregon. SCYP...

Joyce Tinsley, owner of Copy-Rite Printing and a member of the Mohawk Business Association, speaks to architecture and planning students