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Graduate Architecture Student: The urge to serve runs deep.


Dallas Gray remembers vividly the day his father told him something that would inspire this kid from rural Minnesota to serve in a war halfway around the world before landing him on the doorstep of the University of Oregon.

It was the kind of talk fathers and sons have been having forever, about the future and direction and finding meaning in life. But the words went deep and became Gray's guidepost, leading him into the Minnesota Air National Guard, the Air Force and two tours in Afghanistan.

 “He said the key to a life worth living is to sacrifice yourself to a greater good and to give back more to society than you take,” Gray said. “He said that in some way after high school I had to give something of myself to some greater cause. As 15-year-old, that struck me as pretty profound.”

Faculty & Architecture News & Awards

-Alison Kwok - Thomas F. Herman Award for Specialized Pedagogy

Professor Alison Kwok specializes in architectural green design strategies and environmental technologies in the College of Design. She is a brilliant practitioner and scholar who has been key to the Department of Architecture’s ranking as #1 in the U.S. in Sustainable Design Practices and Principles by DesignIntelligence.

-The 2015 Design Intelligence Report on America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools ranks the University of Oregon Architecture program #1 for sustainable design and practice.

-Housing design curriculum wins national ACSA / AIA education award

-Schill praises ESBL, UO architecture program at roundtable with Wyden

-Historic theaters research nets national award for UO graduate students


Student sustainable design projects win Top Ten national honors from AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) 

Two projects by UO architecture students are winners of the 2016 "Top Ten for Students" design competition awarded by the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (COTE). Undergraduates Lacey Aley, Alex Collins, and Addison Estrada and graduate student Tim Schneider were selected for the prestigious national honor. This marks the second year that UO designs have placed in the national competition.

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.”

Mark Gillem honored with Fund for Faculty Excellence Award

Associate Professor Mark L. Gillem, PhD, FAIA, AICP recently received national-level design awards for the Sustainability Component Plan (SCP) at the U.S. Army's Schofield Barracks in Hawaii from the National Association of Environmental Professionals and from the American Planning Association's Federal Planning Division (Outstanding Sustainable Planning Initiative category)

Professor's LEED Platinum Home Featured in Fine Homebuilding - Mark Gillem

TIME selects UO art professor’s book as one of year’s best

Multicultural Internships

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 Malaysia — cultural experiences encouraged by Calvin Sim Chen-Min, BArch ’89, founder and director of a, a global architecture firm headquartered in Singapore with offices in Bangkok, Thailand, and Guangzhou, China.

The 2016 Recruitment Fair played host to thirty-one companies actively seeking students for employment including full-time positions for graduates as well as summer internships. Architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture and planning firms were widely represented in the daylong event that took place on two floors in Lawrence Hall on February 18. Each firm set up displays with project images, books, samples, and giveaways. Above, students meet with representatives of Gensler and JPC Architects in the Wallace and Grace Hayden Gallery. The event was organized by the Student Services Hub (PODS).

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