University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture


Student group rehabs house to rigorous and rare energy standard

“An unsealed nail hole could push us over the limit,” an advisory board member says. The small home at 1801 Moss Street near the University of Oregon campus is under renovation. This wouldn’t be noteworthy, except that architecture students are doing the work and they are renovating it to an extremely ambitious energy standard. The students are members of The Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Living (CASL), a student group that is...

The CASL crew


designBridge receives Chambers Foundation funds, Wayne Morse grant

The funding will help design and build community projects that otherwise might not go forward. The good news keeps on coming for designBridge. Just this past year, the student-run organization received $17,000 worth of awards and grants to continue their mission: to offer design and construction services to community organizations that couldn’t otherwise afford to undertake vital projects. Juli Brode, adjunct architecture instructor and faculty...

designBridge Playscapes team collaborates with children


Effort will republish, update archaeological map of Rome

Architecture Professor James Tice wins a Digital Innovation Fellowship for his project. A $65,000 grant will fund Department of Architecture Professor James Tice and his team’s goal of creating a layered history of Rome based on a classic and influential map published at the turn of the last century. “The objective is to provide an accessible and highly interactive website and geo-database that is a resource for archaeologists and others who...

A detailed view of Rodolfo Lanciani’s Forma Urbis Romae


Book gives historical perspective to ‘mixed use’ buildings

Professor Howard Davis’ new book explores the relationship between the morphology and building types of the urban district and the district's economic life. Shop houses – buildings that accommodate both working and living – exist quietly in the background in cities around the world. They’ve been around for centuries, but only now has a book been dedicated to them. Living Over the Store: Architecture and Local Urban Life, a new book by University...

Professor Howard Davis


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