• Perkins + Will hosts students for Seattle summer studio

  • Visualizing the Interior Design Curriculum

  • Integrated Learning and Assessment in the Landscape Architecture Capstone

  • Fall Semester 2016 Important Events and Reminders

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

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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 …

Vogue interviews faculty member Max Kirk for the inside scoop on indoor air quality research


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Is the Air in Your Home Affecting Your Health? How to Reduce Indoor Pollution as featured in Vogue: MAY 17, 2016 by Laura Regensdorf

Pollution is increasingly—and rightfully—on people’s minds lately, as seen in the host of new products addressing its negative effects on the skin and the troubling smog levels in cities like Beijing. But only recently did I start thinking more seriously about the air quality inside the home, after a pair of prolific chain-smokers moved in downstairs, sending evidence of their dedication wafting up into my apartment. What … » More …

Graduate students construct recycled homeless shelters


By Darold Lee Bivens | Evergreen reporter May 11, 2016

In an effort to help those in need in the Pacific Northwest, design and construction graduate students thought one person’s trash could be another’s shelter. With the homeless population growing in the Pacific Northwest, Omar Al-Hassawi, an instructor in the School of Design and Construction, said these projects gave students a chance to test their skillsets.

Focusing on the Seattle area, Al-Hassawi said students need to construct these shelters from a place of empathy. “Always put yourself in the place of these people,” he said. He said there are plans to further develop a pallet … » More …

Students challenged to create intricate wine rack


By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

As published in WSU News | Washington State University | May 4, 2016

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For much of the semester, Leah Engelhardt and Jingxian (Doris) Xie’s fellow architecture graduate students and professors had doubts about their project. They were trying to create a modular wine rack in their furniture design class, and their colleagues thought that the project’s intricate design and complex geometry were impossible. They would only have a … » More …