Global Engagement in Design and Construction: Jordan, 2018

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Between March 03 and 14, 2018, faculty members Omar Al-Hassawi and Ayad Rahmani lead a group of 16 students from the SDC on an international study tour to Jordan, as part of the Global Engagement in Design and Construction Course.

The students visited and sketched at multiple locations in the country, including historical sites in Amman, Ajloun, and the Dead Sea. This was coupled with visits to contemporary buildings including the Royal Academy for Nature Conservation where the designer, Ammar Khammash, gave the students a tour of the building and the site. In addition, students were able to visit offices of established and young Jordanian … » More …

Senior Shelby Ruiz selected as national finalist in the 2018 IDEC Student Design Competition

Shelby Ruiz IDEC student competition 2018

Congratulations to senior Shelby Ruiz on being a national finalist in the 2018 IDEC Student Design Competition.

“Fundamental Atmospheres: Designing for Spatial and Spiritual Experiences” provides for the empowerment of users to grow intellectually, spiritually, mentally, or metaphysically. Purposefully broad and open ended, the project program asks entrants to define the specific use of the design and to develop an atmospheric intervention. The purpose can be a religious practice (traditional or emerging), a secular space of reflection or mindfulness, and/or places for public commemoration.

Winners will be displayed at the 2018 IDEC Annual Conference, March 7-10, 2018 in Boston and will … » More …

Landscape architecture student selected for Massie Family Endowed Fellowship

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Zochil Castro has been selected for the Massie Family Endowed Fellowship for a $1,500 scholarship to design a central trail system with the Yakima Area Arboretum. Castro, a third year landscape architecture student, will have spring and summer of 2018 to work on the project under the guidance of Jolie Kaytes, an associate professor and program head for landscape architecture.

The Duward and Carolyn Massie family scholarship was established by Duward Massie (BS ‘52 Agronomy) and his late wife, Carolyn (Former Student, Nursing), with their children Jennifer (MS ’79 Vocational Technical Education and Teaching Certificate), Jeffrey (BS ’83 Civil … » More …

Eric Drivdahl and the WSU Mentor Day


Last fall, Washington State University grad Eric Drivdahl returned to his alma mater to share his experience with aspiring architectural designers during “mentor day” with the architecture program.

Design is inherent for Eric Drivdahl, a Pacific Northwest Native local to Bothell. As a child, Tinker toys, erector sets, and blocks served as the means to construct his imagination’s creative visions. He graduated cum laude in architecture from Washington State University and spent the first six years of his career in Ohio working on historic buildings, including several on the National Historic Register. In 2002, he began his journey with the Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl design team … » More …

Building Connections: Simpson Strong-Tie Student Scholarship


Building Connections

JANUARY 10, 2018: By Erik Gomez, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

For architecture major Abigail Shane, life is about moments and interactions. She believes they each happen for a reason – and right now, Shane is living in a pretty good moment.

This past year, Shane earned a Simpson Strong-Tie Student Scholarship and with it, was awarded $2,000 and a trip to California to tour Simpson Strong-Tie’s laboratories and manufacturing facilities.

“I feel really fortunate to have won the scholarship,” said Shane. “It has given me a confidence boost knowing that outside sources can see my potential.”

While touring their facilities, Shane … » More …