University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture


Housing design curriculum wins national ACSA / AIA education award

The University of Oregon Department of Architecture was recognized in January as among the finest in the country for its housing design education. UO architecture faculty members Michael Fifield, Peter Keyes, and Rob Thallon, who spearhead the University of Oregon Housing Specialization Program, received the “Housing Design Education Award-Excellence in Housing Education Course or Activity.” The accolade is given jointly by Association of...

OregonBILDS studio


Stott Professor Hallgeir Homstvedt leads furniture studio on small-scale living

Hallgeir Homstvedt once competed as a professional snowboarder in Norway—a career that seamlessly transitioned into his prolific career as a product designer. He’s now teaching a furniture design studio in the UO Interior Architecture Program. As an athlete, Homstvedt participated in half-pipe and slope-style competitions at the World Cup in Switzerland. His snowboarding career ended when he dislocated a shoulder during the 2001 World Cup. He...

Outdoor equipment retailer Norrøna


‘Inclusive Urbanism’ studies city design

The standard model for urban design and city growth, some A&AA professors argue, neglects a sizeable number of its residents. Gentrification and makeovers within distressed neighborhoods can push out low-income communities by increasing property values; disabled, elderly, and handicapped populations are marginalized; and others, including children, are consistently sidelined, all in the name of progress that affects developing cities. A city...



Architect Calvin Sim gives back via UO internship in Singapore

When Haley Davis boarded a plane headed to Singapore last summer, “I left knowing very little about what I was getting myself into and ended up having one of the most exciting, memorable, and educational summers I could have asked for. “ Davis, an architecture undergraduate at UO, interned with architects for a three-month adventure that, along with project work at, included weekend trips to Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and...

beach retreat


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