Puyallup River Watershed focus of landscape architecture capstone

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Feature photo: Students and faculty at Upper Clear Creek mitigation site with WSU LA alum Derrick Eberle (in green), whose firm (Bruce Dees & Associates) is the lead on the project.

The following organizations, firms, and agencies generously gave their time on the study tour: AHBL Inc., Bruce Dees & Associates, Cascade Water Alliance, Citizens for a Healthy Bay, City of Puyallup, City of Tacoma, Filbert Acres Farm, Foothills Rails to … » More …

LMN Architects Receive the 2016 AIA Architecture Firm Award

Washington, D.C. – December 3, 2015 – The Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) voted for LMN Architects to receive the 2016 AIA Architecture Firm Award. The AIA Architecture Firm Award, given annually, is the highest honor the AIA bestows on an architecture firm and recognizes a practice that consistently has produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years. The firm will be honored at the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia.

Founded in 1979, by George Loschky, FAIA, Jud Marquardt, FAIA, and John Nesholm, FAIA, LMN has nurtured a commitment to civic life, exploring the potential of architecture … » More …

WSU students win bid competition

A team of construction management students from Washington State University won the Northwest Construction Consumer Council’s annual Student Bid Competition in February 2016.

The event was held at the Cascade Bicycle Club in Seattle. Students bid actual tenant improvements done by Hoffman Construction for the bicycle club at Magnuson Park.

The WSU team, pictured below, was Michael Ruether, Brad Neudorfer, Marcus Konopaski, Kate Wallen, Stephen Bradshaw, and Marie Landsverk.

Other schools in the competition were the University of Washington, Central Washington University, and Oregon State University.

Judging was conducted by NWCCC members Carol Rhodes of the Port of Tacoma, Stan Hummel of King County Wastewater, … » More …

Callison Distinguished Guest Lecture: April Philips

April Philips is a landscape architect, artist, advocate, lecturer and author. She is a national leader in both research and practice associated with urban agriculture and sustainable sites. Her recent projects include the incorporation of urban edibles and habitats in the urban realm as well as a SITES pilot project that harnesses ecology, community resilience, and food landscapes.

April Philips Lecture Poster (PDF)

April Philips Poster

“Sustainable Urban Forms: Theory, Design, and Application” features work of several faculty

Authored by Bashir A. Kazimee, the recently released book “Sustainable Urban Forms: Theory, Design, and Application” (Cognella Press, First Edition), features contributions from several SDC faculty.  Outside researchers and experts in the field also contributed research and scholarly articles to the book.

Available for purchase at Cognella Academic Publishing and on the Student Store, the book is presently being used in Kazimee’s spring 2016 “Issues in Sustainable Architecture,” (Arch 215) course.

Sustainable Urban Forms Kazimee 2016


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

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

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

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 …