University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture


Daily Journal of Commerce names Nate McCoy, BArch ’04, among its ‘Newsmakers 2016’

Nate McCoy’s tenure as executive director of the Oregon chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors is barely ten months old, but his work has already prompted the Daily Journal of Commerce to include him in the journal’s “Newsmakers 2016.” McCoy, BArch ’04, credits his ability to move the nonprofit organization forward quickly to the relationships he built over the years while working for the Portland Development Commission and...

Nate McCoy


Forum spotlights research by graduate students in A&AA

A statue that represented the physical manifestation of student revolution, an 18th-century satirical print that chastised the British navy, and the University of Oregon’s sexual assault prevention program were among the subjects in this year’s Graduate Student Research Forum. Fifteen graduate students from the School of Architecture and Allied Arts—across disciplines including architecture, art history, historic preservation and nonprofit...

Alyssa Franco and Nicolette Stauffer


G.Z. Brown Fund to honor UO professor

Maybe you’ve heard of wind scoops in the desert. For Hussain Mirza, who grew up in Pakistan and is now an architect at SRG Partnership in Portland, wind scoops were a given. The towers catch breezes high above the intensely hot desert floor and redirect them into buildings, to cool them naturally. What surprised Mirza, BArch ‘74, was discovering that someone in Oregon was merging Old World practices like wind scoops with new technology to create...

Portland Community College Library Southeast Campus


Schill praises ESBL, UO architecture program at roundtable with Wyden

University of Oregon President Michael Schill on Tuesday told a gathering including US Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR, how research by the UO’s Department of Architecture helps highlight the role that education and research can have in creating jobs and boosting the economy. Schill’s comments came during opening remarks to a roundtable discussion about wood products manufacturing and design. Above: UO President Michael Schill (left) and US Senator Ron...

UO President Michael Schill (left) and US Senator Ron Wyden


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