University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture


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...

two bridges


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


Architecture alumnus wins global public interest design award for work in Congo Basin

Imagine building a school where all the construction materials must fit on a bicycle.  Imagine building without conventional lumber, concrete, or power tools — or, for that matter, no skilled labor, electric service, or running water. Imagine needing to explain even basic drawings to carpenters and masons unfamiliar with construction documents. Imagine having to do that decoding in French. Now imagine three plane trips followed by five hours on...

Andrew Brose


Oregon Quarterly video features SCYP Redmond

Oregon Quarterly highlights the UO’s Sustainable Cities Year Program in Redmond in the magazine’s latest issue. The article features a video showing UO students engaging with Redmond officials and citizens on collaborative projects to help make the city greener and more livable.

Students and City of Redmond officials


UO in Portland School of Architecture and Allied Arts announces June 2 Open House for art, design, architecture

An exhibition of art and design work by graduating students in the University of Oregon in Portland School of Architecture and Allied Arts will take place from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 2, during the annual Open House at the White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. Student work from the Department of Architecture, the Digital Arts Program, and the Department of Product Design will be on display. The event coincides with Portland’s monthly First...

White Stag Block


New Dean Selected for the School of Architecture and Allied Arts

Scott Coltrane, provost and senior vice president, announced today that the next dean of the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts is Christoph Lindner. He will be moving to Eugene from the Netherlands, where he is professor of media and culture at the University of Amsterdam. Christoph Lindner is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work spans the fields of architecture, geography, media arts, visual culture, and urban...

Christoph Lindner