• WSU Engineering and Architecture Students Create Trash Insulation

  • Greetings from Barcelona! Students Studying Global Architecture and Design in Spain

  • Building Legacies: Designing the Future

    Friday, October 16
  • School of Design and Construction Creates First Integrated Design Research Studio

WSU Engineering and Architecture Students Create Trash Insulation

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As originally featured in the Daily Evergreen: Thursday, September 24, 2015 By Kelsey Bowers

With cold months approaching and energy’s high cost, it may be a struggle this winter to keep homes warm as snow begins to fall. Undergraduate students at WSU have recently been sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency to develop the idea of “TrashWalls;” literally, walls made of trash.

Nathan Conklin, a mechanical engineering student working on the project team, said the walls are made to insulate and will allow a room to retain heat efficiently. “Some people spend up to 40 percent of their monthly income on heating their houses,” Conklin said. … » More …

Greetings from Barcelona! Students Studying Global Architecture and Design in Spain

CIEE 2015

Last week another exciting term of the Global Architecture and Design Program (offered through CIEE Study Abroad) started in Barcelona, Spain. The program involves students from around the world, including four from the School of Design and Construction.

This term started with two intensive workshops: a Spanish language workshop at CIEE, and a Digital Tools Workshop with Aldo Sollazzo at the IaaC Campus. Students were making their first steps in parametric architecture, developing beautiful patterns using plug-in Grasshopper. On the last day of the workshop, students prepared small panels with parametric patterns using a laser cutter.

In order to make students familiar with other machines … » More …

School of Design and Construction Creates First Integrated Design Research Studio

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As the first SDC Integrated Design Research Studio, students from Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture, will collaborate to create design solutions for Spokane’s University District in conjunction with SMART.CITY|SPOKANE.

This effort is an integrated design research collaborative that will explore emergent ideas associated with the Smart City – data driven decision making, interactive environments, and an internet of things. Our work will investigate how the built environment can use Smart City ideas to facilitate resource management, build community, and promote health and well-being.

To advance this initiative, ID 425, ARCH 570 and ID 525, ARCH 511 and 513, and LA 470, led … » More …

Fall Semester 2015 Important Events and Reminders

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August 24 (Monday): First Day of Classes

August 26 (Wednesday): SDC Graduate Student Orientation in Carpenter Hall 312 from 1-2:30pm. All SDC graduate students required to attend. All SDC faculty and staff welcome to attend.

August 26 (Wednesday): Celebration of Life to honor President Elson S. Floyd in Beasley Coliseum at 3:00pm. Entire WSU community welcome.

August 27 (Thursday): VCEA Ice Cream Social, 3:30pm-5:00pm, ETRL Courtyard. All SDC students, faculty, and staff welcome.

August 28 (Friday): All-SDC Welcome and All-SDC BBQ, begins at 4:30pm in Jones Theatre (Daggy Hall) and moves to north side of Carpenter Hall/Thompson Flats by 5:30pm. All SDC students, faculty, and staff welcome.

All-SDC Welcome PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

September … » More …

Landscape Architecture Alumnus Honored for Volunteer Efforts


Lucas Vannice; Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (WSU; May 2014)

As featured in the August 2015 WASLA Washington Chapter Newsletter

It is my absolute pleasure to write this piece about a great friend, colleague, and fellow Coug – Lucas Vannice.  Lucas is our outstanding volunteer this month for the tremendous work he has put in as the Public Relations and Communications committee chair. Let’s just say that he is perfect for this position, as he is one of the most outgoing and engaging individuals I’ve had the delight of meeting. You may have all met him at the last … » More …

WSU Design Group Facilitates Rural Recreation Planning


As featured in WSU News July 7, 2015

SOAP LAKE, Wash. – A community workshop about designing parks and recreation opportunities for Soap Lake will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 11, in the Soap Lake middle/high school library.

Recreation survey findings will be presented by the Grant County Health Department. Participants will engage in design of a general parks plan, playground, connecting trails and additional community activities.

The session will be conducted by the Rural Communities Design Initiative at Washington State University and the Washington Parks and Recreation Committee. It is also sponsored by Soap Lake Parks and Recreation, … » More …

Enhancing the Construction Management Student Experience


To make a gift, please contact:

Jennifer Dean Director of Development Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture 509-335-8096 jenn.dean@wsu.edu

Construction Management Student Excellence Fund

Work-ready on day one:  That is what students in the Washington State University Construction Management program can expect to be when they graduate.  Their employers can expect it, too.  The WSU Construction Management program gives students the perfect mix of leading edge knowledge and practical experience.  For over 50 years it has equipped students to hit the ground running when they enter the workforce.

Please give generously to the Construction Management Student Excellent Fund.  The Construction Management … » More …

Summer Studios Connect Students with Regional Practitioners and Communities


A series of summer studios located in Spokane, Seattle, and Vancouver, WA, connected 35 architecture students with practitioners and community projects. The immersive six-week experience (May 11-June 19) counts towards studio credit in the graduate program (ARCH 510) or the undergraduate program (ARCH 301).

ARCH 301 (Seattle) Ayad Rahmani, School of Design + Construction Working in conjuction with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the Arch 301 summer studio delivered by Ayad Rahmani, was charged with the challenge to design a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) school on a site located on the edge of Pioneer Square, between 1st Avenue and Alaskan Way. The … » More …

Interior Design Students Compete in IIDA Charette at NeoCon

Neo Con 2015

The 4th Annual International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Student Design Charette at NeoCon was held on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Featuring 12 teams, IIDA student members were faced with solving a design challenge within six hours, using only hand drafting and rendering.

The teams then presented their design to a panel of respected judges from the interior design industry. A Winners Reception took place the following evening.

The WSU Interior Design program was represented by students Uris Giron and Candie Wilcken. Giron’s team was awarded the “People’s Choice Award,” voted on by nearly 50,000 architecture and design professionals attending NeoCon.

NeoCon, held annually at … » More …