In Spring 2017, a third-year architecture studio led by Professor Taiji Miyasaka designed backyard transitional homes in Seattle. The studio design project was part of a collaboration with Rex Hohlbein, Executive Director of NPO Facing Homelessness. During the semester, the students visited the actual site for the transitional home, where Rex and Jenn Hohlbein are building the first backyard transitional home in Seattle, and met the owner of the house. In addition to the site visit in Seattle, the students stayed overnight at Tent City 3 to meet people who are homeless and gain a deeper understanding of homelessness issues.
After the semester, each student submitted his/her design project to the 2017 HERE+NOW: A House for the 21st Century Residential Student Design Competition organized by the American Institute of Architects and Custom Residential Architects Network (AIA CRAN) in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). Seven projects out of nearly 200 submissions were awarded prizes. Samantha Geibel received an honorable mention for her project Sliding Canvas House.