WSU Team Chosen to Compete in Solar Decathlon 2017

Solar Decathlon

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Solar Decathlon

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the 16 collegiate teams selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017. The teams, from colleges and universities across the United States and around the world, will now begin the nearly two-year process of building solar-powered houses that are affordable, innovative, and highly energy-efficient.

“President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy aims to create a safer and more sustainable planet while ensuring American students and workers have the skills they need for the challenging jobs of today and tomorrow,” said DOE’s Solar Decathlon director, Richard King. “The … » More …

Interactive sculpture lets viewers blow ROBOBBLEs



By Zahra Debbek, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – A phrase not often heard at exhibits, “Please touch the artwork,” was on the lips of Saleh Kalantari at a recent opening of the interactive show, ROBOBBLE. The exhibit will be on display again Feb. 17-26 in the gallery of Carpenter Hall at Washington State University.

Combining the fields of interior design, architecture, art, computer science and robotic engineering, “this installation blurs the boundaries between designer and user,” said Kalantari, assistant professor in the WSU School … » More …

Introduction to AutoCAD Workshops: January 20 and 27

AutoCAD workshop flyer

Session 1, JANUARY 20TH, 2016; 5:00pm-7:00pm

Session 2, JANUARY 27TH, 2016; 5:00pm-7:00pm

LOCATION | Carpenter Hall; Room 312


AutoCAD is a software developed by AutoDesk, Inc. and is considered by most practitioners as the standard for 2D computer aided design and production. This software allows for the rapid and accurate modeling of a range of different project types; simple to complex. The workshop will teach students basic use of AutoCAD as a design and representational tool. The workshop

will be conducted using the 2015 version of AutoCAD and is intended as an introduction for beginners who have little to no experience using the program.

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Director’s Message: Spring 2016

Carpenter Winter

This semester, we will embark on several phenomenal projects whose ultimate success will reflect our excellent student talent. They are also a testament to the boundless energy of our faculty and staff and the everpresent support of alumni and donors.

We recently received word from the U.S. Department of Energy that our SDC-led proposal was accepted for participation in the 2017 Solar Decathlon. We are starting this semester. We are embarking on an even larger Construction Management/Architecture Capstone project this semester, led for the second year in a row by Rick Cherf and Greg Kessler. We are thrilled again to have the support of … » More …

Summer session courses now available


Summer Course Offerings The coures listed below are being offered at the SDC in summer 2016. Click on course name for flyer and see for the full summer session schedule.

Registration Priority registration for summer courses begins February 29. Current Students do not need to apply for admission; simply register for Summer Session courses on myWSU. Appointment times for registration will be staggered, so check for registration dates and times in myWSU toward the latter part of February. New student? For more information visit Summer Session.

Info Sessions Information sessions will be held for the ID 477 Neo-Con and the ID 477 Jordan … » More …

Final Studio Reviews Fall 2015

Stephanie Chahan

Student small-town design ideas presented



WSU Smart City / U-District

Final Review

Design Review – LaCrosse pop-up Visitor Center and Ice-Age Flood Exhibit and Eureka!Palouse Tinkering Center

Final reviews for fall semester studios across the design curriculum, from second year up to graduate studios, will take place the week of December 7-11, 2015.

You can download a PDF version of the Final Studio Review Schedule Fall 2015, or view the poster below.

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Bringing the BIM Experience to Construction Management Students

BIM Lab View Toward Classroom

To make a gift, please contact:

Jennifer Dean Director of Development Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Washington State University 509-335-8096 •

  BIM Lab view toward collaboration area


A significant percentage of firms in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry are engaged with building information modeling (BIM). Additionally, due to the diverse nature of construction projects, teams in the AEC industry are often separated by large distances. As part of their education, Washington State University must prepare construction management students to work with building information models face-to-face … » More …

LMN Architects Hosts Studio Mid-Reviews

ARCH 301 during mid review at LMN architects 2

In mid-November, 22 third year architecture students, lead by faculty members Omar Al-Hassawi and Chris Masicampo, held their studio mid-reviews at the offices of LMN Architects in Seattle.

The students were challenged to propose a contemporary design for a public library on a site located at the intersection of the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhoods of Chicago, adjacent to the Bloomingdale trail. Their proposals were critiqued by professionals from multiple architecture firms in the Seattle area, including the Miller Hull Partnership, Olson Kundig, and the host firm of LMN Architects.

Students received a wide range of constructive feedback–from comments on their general response to the design problem, to … » More …

Students Meet Integrated Industry Professionals

CM students with industry

A group of twenty-three Construction Management and Architecture students, led by Dr. David Gunderson and Professor Jason Peschel, attended the 2015 Design-Build (DBIA) Conference and Expo in Denver on November 2nd – 4th. The conference was loaded with networking and learning opportunities for students, faculty, and industry representatives alike. The continuing education sessions focused on topics ranging from DBIA best practices to innovation to mentoring of students and young professionals.

In addition to the conference, Matt McGowan (CM ’13) and Ryan Garris (CM’14) of Swinerton Builders provided an outstanding project tour of the SkyHouse project in downtown Denver. The project is a 26-story residential mixed-use … » More …