Associate Professor Max Kirk helps fill valuable role as Ombudsman


Published on February 2, 2016 by co-Provosts Erica Austin and Ron Mittelhammer

One of our main charges in the Office of the Provost is to provide support and foster the success of our students and faculty. The Office of the Ombudsman is a critical partner in helping our community members reach academic and professional goals.

Tena Old and Max Kirk are WSU’s ombudsmen, serving as neutral partners to listen to concerns, explain policies and procedures, and point advisees to other resources, if necessary. The ombudsmen maintain confidentiality and they work to objectively help solve problems for students, faculty, and … » More …

Miyasaka Honored with ACSA Faculty Design Award

Miyasaka_ACSA Award Spring 2016

Associate Professor and former architecture program head Taiji Miyasaka was recently honored with an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Faculty Design Award for his submission “Learning from the Countryside: Documentation and Design Exploration of Timber Grain Elevators in Eastern Washington.”

The ACSA Faculty Design Award provides a venue for work that advances the reflective nature of practice and teaching by recognizing and encouraging outstanding work in architecture and related environmental design fields as a critical endeavo.

See more on the ACSA website.

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Aiming for the sun: WSU chosen to vie for solar home prize

Solar Decathlon

As posted in WSU News, January 21, 2016

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University students will design and build a solar home during the next two years as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition. For the first time, the contest will include $2 million in prize money.

WSU was one of 16 college teams from across the world chosen to participate in the 2017 competition, which requires students to plan and build a 600- to 1,000-square-foot home that receives all its energy from the sun. Darrin Griechen, a faculty member … » More …

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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