Eric Drivdahl and the WSU Mentor Day

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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

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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 …

Designing through emotion

Designing through emotion Fall 2017

Designing through emotion: Designers recommend students fill apartments with things that inspire them

As featured in the Daily Evergreen, Bailey Campbell (January 25, 2018)

Color schemes based on desired emotions can make decorating much easier. Concepts students use to create building designs can also be used to decorate an apartment or house. Ashtyn Perlatti, a junior interior design student, said interior designers aren’t taught how to pick out pillows, throws and wall hangings. Rather, they are taught to create a design that is functional and safe. Looks always come second.

“We design the spaces that you will spend 90 percent of your … » More …

“Black Shed” project receives National Design-Build Award

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Black Shed is a design-build project, which was completed for White Spring Ranch Museum/Archive Library in Genesee, ID in spring 2017 by architecture students and faculty members. The challenge of the project was to design and build a storage space for their historical artifacts.

The project recently received National Design-Build Award from ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture). The original site was developed by a homestead family in the late 19th century. In addition to their farmhouse built in 1885, the site hosts an 1876 log cabin, 1884 curio cabin, and 1889 barn. These historical self-built buildings are the products of families, friends, and … » More …

Proportional Systems in the History of Architecture: A Critical Reconsideration

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Professor Matthew A. Cohen’s newest book, “Proportional Systems in the History of Architecture: A Critical Reconsideration,” is due out in May 2018, published by Leiden University Press and distributed in the United States by The University of Chicago Press.

Edited by Cohen and Maarten Delbeke, the book sheds more light on the proportional systems used in architecture, prior to the advent of modern structural engineering:

“Prior to the advent of modern structural engineering, architects and builders used proportional systems to imbue their works with a general condition of order that was integral … » More …

On site with interior design intern

Voda Site Visit

Rebecca Bradley, a senior interior design student, recently completed an internship with Sechrist Design Associates. Her experience included the project “Voda,” a multi-family development in downtown Kirland, Washington, slated to open in spring 2018.

The developer is Continental Properties LLC and the property management company is Avenue 5 Residential.

The interior design program offers the internship option as one of three in the fall semester of the senior year. The other two options are study abroad (Florence, Italy) and community studio (Pullman, WA).

Voda Site Visit