University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture


UO architecture students take second in national design competition

Four UO architecture students—Alex Kendle, Michael Meer, Greg Stacy, and Benjamin Wright—garnered second place in the 2015–16 Timber in the City: Urban Habitat Competition, as reported in the Portland Business Journal. The four competed against 846 students with their project called Hybrid Domains. The UO’s second-place win earned them $7,500. Their faculty sponsors, who included Judith Sheine and Mark Donofrio, received $5,000. Sustainable...



New A&AA dean thinks globally, shares locally

For Christoph Lindner, the new dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, "university life-research, education, teaching-connects to everything." Lindner shares his enthusiasm about making those connections at the University of Oregon and A&AA's growing global reach. He brings his own far-reaching global experience to the table as well, having most recently come from Amsterdam. Read more at AroundtheO

Christoph Lindner


UO architecture student recognized for daylighting research

Incoming UO architecture PhD student Amir Nezamdoost joins A&AA after winning two recent competitions: the International VELUX Award 2016 for students of architecture in the Americas region for his investigations into automated blinds in daylight investigations; and best student paper at SimBuild 2016 for his research on daylighting simulation. Nezamdoost earned his MArch in 2015 from the University of Idaho, where he worked in UI’s...

VELUX Award Poster detail


Garage concept co-developed by UO students wins $155,000 funding

Media outlets are highlighting an award for a City of Springfield parking garage concept developed in part by UO architecture students. The Register-Guard and The Portland Business Journal noted the project took top statewide honors, and $155,000 prize money, from Oregon BEST, which encourages sustainability. The funding will provide research, testing, and code documentation via the National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and...

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UO architecture professor: Changes to building codes involve risk

A UO architecture professor weighed in on the National Association of Home Builders’ stance on building codes in a July 6 BloombergView feature story, “Inside the Lobby Against Tougher Homes”. "It's the most conservative industry there is,” Associate Professor Peter Keyes was quoted as saying of the NAHB, “mainly because doing something new involves risk." The story noted the NAHB’s opposition to new building codes intended to strengthen homes...

Students raise a wall during construction of the OregonBILDS house in 2016


Oregon’s fossil fuel transport the focus of UO studio

In early June, eleven cars from a 96-car Union Pacific oil train jumped the tracks and derailed in the Columbia River Gorge near Mosier, Oregon. The wreck released oil onto the tracks, sparked a fire that burned through much of the night, and billowed a plume of black smoke into the sky. This event took place just weeks after the University of Oregon’s winter 2016 term, when UO students in the architecture studio “Lines, Pipelines, and the...

section from student Ben Llewellyn’s project


Three UO architecture alumni, one instructor earn prestigious ‘Fellow’ distinction from national organization

Three alumni from the UO Department of Architecture and one adjunct faculty member have earned the highest professional honor granted by the prestigious American Institute of Architects (AIA).  Amy Miller Dowell, Ron van der Veen, Jay Raskin, and William Murray were elevated to the College of Fellows in the AIA during an investiture ceremony at the organization’s national convention in Philadelphia in May. Above left to right: Amy Miller Dowell...

Amy Miller Dowell, Ron van der Veen, Jay Raskin, and William Murray


UO to work with City of Albany in 2016-17 in partnership with the Sustainable Cities Year Program

The University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) will be working once again in the Willamette Valley, this time in partnership with the City of Albany. The City and the University of Oregon are planning twenty different projects for the 2016-17 academic year ranging from economic development to parks and recreation planning. Beginning in September, students from more than ten disciplines at the UO will work closely with the Albany...

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Launching UO's first Design Build project was just the beginning of sustainable career

During his youth, Gunnar Hubbard, FAIA, MArch ’92, lived in central Vermont in a log cabin built by hand by his family, who spent summers constructing the home. “We peeled every log ourselves,” says Hubbard. Above: Gunnar Hubbard, MArch ’92. Photo by Amy Winton. Given his future as a sustainable design consultant on projects in lavish locales like Las Vegas Strip, towers in Shanghai, and the White House, it seems incongruous that Hubbard’s...

Bosarage Family Education Center


OregonBILDS shows off its third student design-build house July 23-31 during the Lane County Tour of Homes

UO architecture students could have ‘etymology’ to their lesson plan during the recent excavation for a house they are building in west Eugene. “When we excavated for the foundation, we found a deep refuse pit containing old tires, a washing machine, and all kinds of indescribable debris,” says Associate Professor Rob Thallon. “This kind of thing might have something to do with the origin of the word ‘pitfall.’ ” That didn’t stop OregonBILDS...

OregonBILDS students