University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture


Sustainable Cities partners with public, private agencies on 2-year project

The UO Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) has launched a two-year research initiative called "Framing Livability.” The project is partnering with the City of Portland, Portland Metro, Transportation for America, and the Natural Resources Defense Council on two grants from the National Institute for Transportation and Communities.  The project seeks to answer how sustainability-focused community development efforts can best be communicated to...

Framing Livability


Sheine quoted in Guardian on growing use of innovative wood product

Department of Architecture Head Judith Sheine is quoted in a The Guardian story about an innovative wood product poised to change how high-rises are built. A twelve-story building in Portland is being constructed with the product, cross-laminated timber, or CLT, which is “lighter, so it goes up easier and faster than concrete does … it’s also quieter in construction,” Sheine told The Guardian. A UO student team from a studio taught by Sheine and...

Kaito: A Mass Timber Parking Structure for Springfield, Oregon


Search for new A&AA dean under way

Nominations and applications are being sought for dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, with the goal of recruiting a new leader by fall 2016. The University of Oregon is “embarking on a new era with a new Board of Trustees, a new president, and ambitious goals for fundraising and increasing state support,” UO Provost and Senior Vice President Scott Coltrane states on his Academic Executive Searches webpage, where the job is posted...

Dean search


Advanced ecological design drives studio

National engine of change. Making the most with the least. A ground-breaking nexus of innovation. Those are just a few of the descriptions attached to the new Oregon Center for a Regenerative Future, a theoretical Portland site intended to house collaborative incubator spaces for the development of sustainable products, tech shops for public use, urban farms, and maker fairs, among a diverse list of other aspirations. Above: Marsha Maytum (left...



Kwok among 25 Most Admired Educators

Department of Architecture Professor Alison Kwok is among the 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016, DesignIntelligence reports. “With an inspiring energy to educate students about sustainable design principles, Alison Kwok encourages them to expand on what they have learned through research,” DesignIntelligence states on its website. “She constantly seeks to better her students’ experiences and create well-informed architects.” Kwok says she tries...

Design Intelligence


Schlossberg, SCYP featured on Israeli college website

A lecture Professor Marc Schlossberg gave during his Fulbright year at Technion Israel Institute of Technology was highlighted on the school’s home page recently. Schlossberg spoke about the Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP), which he and UO colleague Associate Professor Nico Larco founded at UO and which Technion has adopted under the name The Urban Laboratory.  It’s the first such project at an Israeli university. Along with describing SCYP...

Marc Schlossberg and colleagues


FBIC Welcomes New Board Member Professor Mark L. Gillem

Professor Mark L.Gillem, PhD, FAIA, AICP has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Form-Based Code Institute a national non-profit professional organization that sets standards and provides training to municipalities and planners across the United States. Professor Gillem will serve on the Institute's Educational Committee and assist with its training programs.  Read the complete story on the FBCI website.

Professor Mark L.Gillem


Cascade Business News features Sustainable Cities’ Redmond project

Cascade Business News features the Sustainable Cities Year Program in Redmond in its current issue, noting that students are already preparing their midterm presentations. “Eight classes [of students are] working on six projects during the fall term. Then we will have a similar amount of projects for the winter term and for the spring term,” Heather Richards, Redmond’s director of community development, told Cascade Business News writer David...

Sustainable Cities Year Program


Sustainable Cities kicks off 2015 year

The 2015-16 Sustainable Cities Year Program (SCYP) with the City of Redmond officially kicked off with a gala celebration at the UO’s Ford Alumni Center October 1. During the yearlong partnership between UO and Redmond, hundreds of students and faculty members will pour 50,000 hours of work into applied projects with sustainability-focused solutions.  “This program exemplifies our mission as a public research university to create innovation and...

SCYP Program Manager Megan Banks listens to Assistant Professor Gerardo Sandoval


Mass timber design wins regional award

Employing a unique engineered wood product only recently produced by Oregon mills, a UO student team has won an Honorable Mention in a competition hosted by the American Institute of Architects Northwest and Pacific Region. The students in Professors Judith Sheine and Mark Donofrio’s spring studio designed a parking structure using Oregon’s newest structural wood product—cross-laminated timber, or CLT—an exceptional accomplishment in...

cross-laminated timber in design