Faculty-Led Jordan: Collaborative Approaches to Sustainable Built Environments

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Interior design faculty member Genell Ebbini is currently (July 7-22, 2017) in Jordan with six students from the School of Design and Construction as part of her summer course offering students an immersive, hands-on learning opportunity regarding pathways to primary drivers in green infrastructure development and environmental policies in Jordan.

Students are building local partnerships with the design industry, non-government community groups and government agencies at the cutting-edge of sustainable development. Experts from leading institutions such as the Ministry of Environment; Public Health and Housing, and Water and Irrigation are engaging with students in the study of regional issues that impact natural resources, availability, ecology, … » More …

The Odyssean Hand: Rethinking the design journey through narrative and storytelling


Olson Kundig has paired up with WSU Master of Architecture students to host the ARCH 510 Summer Immersion Studio. For the past month, twelve students have taken residency in their downtown Seattle office and have pushed forward unexpected projects blurring the line between dream and reality.

The Odyssean Hand is an experimental studio that investigates process and rethinks the design journey through narrative and storytelling, with Homer’s Odyssey the foundation for the studio. Each student has become Odysseus and has embraced the complexities of a particular challenge from the tale. Through a series of curated assignments, each has pulled their own unique thesis … » More …

Interior Design students on winning teams in NeoCon Charette Competition

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Twelve teams with five students from different interior design programs across the country recently participated in the IIDA Student Design Design Charette at NeoCon in Chicago. Only three awards (1st place, 2nd place and People’s Choice) are handed out and WSU was represented with a student on two winning teams.

Senior – Alex Scott’s team won People’s Choice (voted on by NeoCon attendees) Senior – Jocelyn Camacho’s team won 2nd Place (voted on by competition judges)

For more information about the competition click here. View the Student Competition Lookbook for details on participants.

Students are in Chicago with faculty member Genell Ebbini as … » More …

Gensler summer studio hosts third year architecture students

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The third year architecture summer studio of 2017 (Architecture 301) is being hosted by Gensler, a firm of international scope with several branch offices across the country. Over the six week time span of the course the students have been working on two types of projects, the first urban and runs the length of the course, the second composed of three weekly projects with each delivered by the firm and from their current practice.

For the long project the students have been asked to combine several programmatic needs into one building, on the one hand including an incubator and accelerator set of functions, … » More …

EnCity – WSU Solar Decathlon 2017: Summer team continues progress

Summer Team

A dedicated group of students will be working over the summer to continue progress on WSU’s entry into the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition. EnCity is our unique design addressing energy efficiency, suburban expansion, and water management within an affordable tiny-home community located on urban infill lots.

Meet the team, keep track of progress, and learn more about the project at the WSU Solar Decathlon 2017 website and EnCity-WSU Solar Decathlon Facebook page.

Furniture team  Summer Team

Black Shed at White Spring Ranch completed by group of devoted students


The following students have been working on designing and building Black Shed at White Spring Ranch, Genesee, ID. The project started in 2015 by a group of third year students. Their devotion, energy, and persistence have enabled this project to see completion.

Marianeth Becerril Richard Carlos Vlanka Catalan Ian Chi Chau Yang Chen Drew Jepsen Jason Johnson Jared Milne Chris Opdyke Zhe Song Matthew Staley

The White Spring Ranch Museum and Archive Library is a gathering site for students, artists, and volunteers with all kinds of skills to restore the 1876 Log cabin, 1873-1904 Farmhouse, 1913 Early Curio Natural History Roadside Museum cabin (which … » More …

Kessler named Interim Director, Gruen’s leadership acknowledged in recent announcement

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Don Bender, Weyerhaeuser Professor and Interim Dean of the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA), announced today that Professor Gregory Kessler has accepted the position of Interim Director of the School of Design and Construction effective May 15, 2017.

“Professor Kessler has the experience and dedication to provide strong leadership during this year of transition.  It is anticipated that Professor Kessler will serve for approximately one year while an external search for a permanent Director takes place.  Dean Rezac is committed to working with the School to develop a structure that will not only succeed but thrive.  VCEA’s new Dean … » More …

Recycling kiosks created for Carpenter Hall through design-build project

Recycling Kiosks

Students in the spring semester Interior Design 415 (Advanced Construction Detailing) course, led by faculty member Genell Ebbini, worked to create recycling kiosks for Carpenter Hall. Watch the whole process unfold through the video below (click on image to view video). This is great work by Genell and her students, and a welcome addition to sustainable practices at the school and on the WSU campus!

Recycling Kiosks