• Partnership builds architecture career pathway for students

  • Interior Design Program Receives Six-Year Accreditation

  • Reinvented space helps to promote SDC identity in Carpenter Hall

  • Fall Semester 2016 Important Events and Reminders

Partnership builds architecture career pathway for students

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As featured in WSU News, August 24, 2016

PULLMAN, Wash. – Students with a two-year degree in architectural technology will be able to transfer to Washington State University’s undergraduate architecture program without applying as formal transfer students.

An agreement signed by WSU and the Lake Washington Institute of Technology will allow LWTech students to earn an associate’s degree at the Kirkland, Wash., campus and transfer into WSU at the Pullman campus as juniors.

“Both programs have a long history of providing graduates who have hands-on, practical skills and are well prepared when they enter the workforce,” said Phil Gruen, director of the WSU … » More …

Interior Design Program Receives Six-Year Accreditation

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We are pleased to announce the Interior Design program of the School and Design and Construction has been granted a six-year accreditation from the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Many congratulations to Matt Melcher, Interior Design Program Head, and the tireless efforts of all Interior Design faculty in helping to prepare student work and written material for the team visit, which took place last spring.

Read the official decision letter at: Summary of Decision -Accreditation – WA_State.

This is a well-deserved announcement, and a testament to the professionalism and overall success of the SDC’s Interior Design program.

Reinvented space helps to promote SDC identity in Carpenter Hall


Carrie Vielle, clinical assistant professor for the interior design program, along with her crew of students have been working to reinvent the first floor of Carpenter Hall over the summer break.

Home to the SDC gallery and student lounge, the first floor has received fresh paint, new and re-designed furniture, display areas, and spatial configurations that have transformed the look and feel of the space.

While every part of the re-design will not be complete by the first day of school, and some of what is currently in place is in a “beta” test mode, a great deal is already accomplished and, as the semester progresses, we are looking forward to … » More …

Director’s Message Fall 2016

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Dear SDC Students, Colleagues, Alumni, Prospective Students, Friends, and Community Members:

We are excitedly preparing for the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year, and no doubt expect it will be another great year! Some things of note:

Faculty, Students and Curriculum

We begin the semester by saying thank and goodbye to Cheryl Scott, who will be leaving us following three years as our administrative manager. Cheryl’s last official workday at WSU is Friday, August 12. Read more about Cheryl’s accomplishments at WSU as well as her future plans here.

We are also excited to welcome some new faces to … » More …

Perkins + Will hosts students for Seattle summer studio





The ARCH 301 Seattle Summer Studio, held from May 9-June 17, was hosted by Perkins + Will Architects and included ten third year architecture students taught by Associate Professor Ayad Rahmani.

The challenges posed to the students were divided into two types, the first a long six week project exploring ideas at the urban planning level; and the second three one-week projects proposing solutions to design problems stemming from the work of the … » More …

Alumnus receives 2016 Young Architect Award


Kjell Anderson of LMN Architects receives 2016 Young Architect Award from the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

SEATTLE, June 8, 2016—LMN Architects, a design practice known for creating impactful community focused projects of all scales and recipient of the 2016 National Architecture Firm Award, is pleased to announce that Kjell Anderson, AIA, has received the 2016 Young Architect Award from the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

This award is given to individuals licensed fewer than 10 years who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of … » More …

Visualizing the Interior Design Curriculum


Room 118 in Carpenter Hall in the School of Design and Construction contains tables stacked with syllabi and assignment prompts. Every wall is covered with design presentation boards and other student work. The room holds course materials from every required course in the Interior Design curriculum along with samples of student products from all courses for about 20% of their students.

This spring, peer evaluators from the Interior Design professional accrediting organization, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), visited campus and this room served the important function of demonstrating to the evaluators how the curriculum meets CIDA’s nearly 100 criteria for student skills and … » More …

Integrated Learning and Assessment in the Landscape Architecture Capstone

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Each spring, WSU’s Landscape Architecture seniors get the chance to experience a landscape outside of the classroom and to interact with the people who live in, work in, and care about that landscape. Their senior capstone course is a service-learning studio that challenges them to generate designs in response to the needs of a particular place and people, applying their knowledge and skills in a real-world setting.

The title of the capstone course, “The Confluence,” reinforces this goal: similar to the junction of rivers, students are asked to merge many things into one, integrating their prior learning and experience. The senior project embodies more than … » More …

Student from Libya first to take advantage of SCC-WSU architecture degree

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As featured in the Spokesman Review, Thursday, June 16, 2016 By Treva Lind, Correspondent

When Amaleed El Mehdiwi enrolled at Spokane Community College in January 2014, she thought her best choice might be classes for future secretarial work. She had a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Benghazi, Libya, but she only spoke a few words of English when she arrived in the U.S. a few months previously.

But SCC instructors encouraged the fast-learning El Mehdiwi to study architectural technology instead; she’ll graduate Friday with an associate degree and 4.0 GPA. She’ll also be the first graduating SCC student to transfer directly … » More …

Casa Corridor: Students explore strategic interventions in Mexico, Seattle


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From lower left of image moving clockwise are: City Architect Ernesto Betancourt, Architect Francisco Pardo, Architect Felix Sanchez, WSU Architecture Student Drew Jepsen, City Planner & Architect Laura Jenka, WSU Architecture Student EJ Deocampo, Architect Victor Alcerreca, WSU Architecture student Richard Tung, Architect Javier Sanchez (Co-Instructor), WSU Architecture Student Richard Carlos, WSU Architecture Student Michael Tremain, WSU Adjunct Professor Robert Hutchison, and WSU Architecture Student Vlanka Catalan.

Six graduate architecture students rencently conducted a one-week site visit to Mexico as part of their ARCH 510 summer studio. Their six-week urban studio … » More …