• Spring 2016 Capstones, Project Presentations, and Exhibits

  • Architecture + Cancer: Studio honors deceased student

  • Adaptive Systems: Spring IDR studio work on display April 25-29

  • Interior Design faculty member receives President's Award for Leadership

Spring 2016 Capstones, Project Presentations, and Exhibits

CM Capstone

The flurry of the last few weeks of the semester is in full swing with final reviews, capstones, and exhibits taking place:

Prefix Course # Faculty Date Location Time LA 263 Austin Wednesday, April 27 Carpenter 312 1:15 to 2:15pm LA 363 Drake Wednesday, April 27 TBD 2:30 to 4:30pm LA 365 Sanchez Tuesday, April 26 Carpenter 4th Floor 11am-1pm LA 367 Jauchius Tuesday, April 26 Mary’s Park, Pullman (Unveiling and celebration) 2-4pm LA 485 Kaytes Tuesday, April 26 Carpenter 521 1:30 to 4:30pm LA 485 Kaytes Thursday, April 28 The Russell Family Foundation, Gig Harbor 1-5pm ID 203 Vielle Wednesday, April 27 Hamilton Studio, … » More …

School mourns loss of construction management colleague

Tom Heustis cropped for web

It is with sadness and heavy hearts that we announce that Tom Heustis passed away on Saturday, April 23 following a battle with cancer. Tom, who stepped down from his position in Construction Management in the School of Design and Construction just over a year ago, was a wonderful and valued member of the Construction Management program for more than a decade and will be sadly missed by family, friends, colleagues, and former students. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they navigate through this most difficult time.

Architecture + Cancer: Studio honors deceased student

Remembering Dina Radjabalipour




ARCHITECTURE + CANCER: An Architectural Inquiry on Cancer Treatment Centers In Loving Memory of Dina Radjabalipour

Lecture Series Friday, April 22, 1:10pm-5pm (Carpenter Hall 1st Floor) Exhibition Open Monday, April 25 – Saturday, May 7 (Carpenter Hall 1st Floor) Public Lecture Tuesday, April 26, 11:30am-1:30pm (Pullman Regional Hospital, Conference Rooms C+D)

Architecture + Cancer Studio Poster (PDF)


Paul Hirzel, professor, School of Design and Construction, (509) 335-1373, hrzl@sdc.wsu.edu

Tina Hilding, communications coordinator, … » More …

Adaptive Systems: Spring IDR studio work on display April 25-29

Adaptive Systems

OPEN HOUSE April 25 – 29 Opening April 25 at 4:00 – 5:30 pm in Carpenter 201

The spring 2016 IDR Adaptive Systems studio, led by faculty members Mona Ghandi and Saleh Kalantari, has focused on kinetic and responsive design solutions and tends to create tools, techniques, and platforms for robotized self-adjusting buildings. The studio has aimed at a more comprehensive design of adaptive systems in architecture and interior design.

The framework for designing adaptive systems in this studio has incorporated computational methods in both design thinking and fabrication process as well as studying material behavior, transformative mechanism, and robotics. Emphasizing the connection of data to the adaptive built environment, this studio has focused on design computation, … » More …

Interior Design faculty member receives President’s Award for Leadership

Kathleen Ryan President's Award 2016

Kathleen Ryan, Assistant Professor in the Interior Design program, received the President’s Award for Leadership and Engagement based on work with students and Rural Communities Design Initiative.

Presented in partnership by the CCE and Student Involvement, the President’s Award for Leadership is an honor bestowed annually to students and others who advance leadership and engagement at WSU. Recipients of this prestigious award demonstrate exceptional leadership and service to the university and the community as well as to those who support leadership development in WSU students. The award categories are student, student group, faculty or staff and community organization.

The Rural Communities Design Initiative» More …

Solar Decathlon kick-off meeting: watch video on You Tube

Solar Decathlon Recruitment

Watch a video of the meeting:

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Join the team:


Sign up for Summer Courses:

ARCH 401: Solar Decathlon Design

ARCH 490/520: Solar Decathlon Systems Design

ARCH 580: Solar Decathlon Details

Sign up for Fall Courses:

ARCH 403: Solar Decathlon Construction Documents

ARCH 580: Solar Decathlon Details

WSU Solar Decathlon team getting underway

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University students from all disciplines are invited … » More …

Grand connection charrette includes ideas from SDC faculty and students

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Over 70 design professionals, including SDC faculty member Omar Al-Hassawi and five architecture students (Drew Jepsen, Chris Opdyke, Matthew Staley, Marianeth Becceril, and Jared Milne),  joined the Bellevue Arts Museum and the City of Bellevue to imagine the future of the city as part of a visionary planning session in celebration of the exhibition, Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture.

Bellevue Grand Connection_   BAM Students 1


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SDC sets the table for “the Dinner Party”


For the third year running, WSU School of Design and Construction students are collaborating with WSU Performing Arts to design and build sets for the WSUPA spring theater production. This year, the production is play based upon the one-act comedy written by Neil Simon.

David Drake, Fabrication Labs Manager and faculty member was the set designer for the play; students Carson Davis, Cody Kotrlik, Kim Lawrence, and Jared Milne were design assistants and build team as part of an Architecture 499 Theater Set Design-Build course. Graduate student Ann-Jeannette Seymour plays the Mariette.

The collaboration between SDC and Performing Arts is noteworthy for a number of reasons. The VCEA/SDC Fabrication Labs offer a … » More …

Faculty delivers keynote and students attend WASLA 2016

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Steve Austin, JD, ASLA, and clinical assistant professor for the School of Design and Construction, recently delivered the keynote address at the 2016 WASLA (Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects) conference.

Austin’s address, “Welcome to the Anthropocene: Our Reality and The Implications for Landscape Architecture,” focused on the Anthropocene – the human era – referring to the profound, but perhaps not unexpected, realization that humans are now the single most dominant force on the planet. Austin states, “in this era, we face both the consequences of, as well as the limits to, our actions. Past and present considered, we confront the … » More …