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


Senior capstone events celebrate culmination




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A number of graduating students in architecture, construction management, interior design, and landscape architecture will participate in senior capstone presentations, product expos, portfolio reviews, and professional networking to celebrate culmination of their degrees. Please join us in recognizing the accomplishments of our graduates, and thank you to all of the support from our professional and industry partners.

View event photos on our SDC Facebook page!» More …

Gruen selected as honors college fellow

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Honors College faculty fellows announced, Published on April 25, 2017 in WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – Seven Washington State University faculty members have been selected to be faculty fellows for the Honors College. “These are very involved educators who have made a remarkable impact on Honors College students and initiatives,” said M. Grant Norton, Honors College dean. Their three-year appointments will start May 16.

“Their areas of specialization, and even where they are located, points to the broad scope of the faculty who teach and mentor our students,” said Norton. This is the second cohort of Honor College faculty fellows, and is made … » More …

DBIA Competition Accepting Team Applications


The application for the DBIA Competition is now open to those that are interested. A resume and cover letter explaining why you want to be on a team and what assets you would contribute to the teams is due by May 5th. Send resume’s and cover letters to

Designers - This is a great opportunity to get a different type of experience with design, involving “real world” design problems which can be better solved through the application of your creativity. It’s the little experiences and involvements like DBIA which will set you apart from your peers when its time to search for internships and … » More …

Peschel awarded with distinguished professorship, college teaching award

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On Tuesday, Dick Silliman, Executive Vice President of Hoffman Construction was on the WSU Pullman campus. Dick has been instrumental in helping to advance WSU’s Construction Management program. To honor him and his 40th anniversary with the company, Hoffman generously established the Richard L. Silliman Distinguished Professorship in Estimating.

A distinguished professorship is an academic honor, designed to recognize distinctive and outstanding service to the university community, and a named professorship is one of the highest honors a faculty member can receive. The Silliman Professorship is to be awarded in recognition of excellence in teaching, specifically in the area of estimating. Tuesday, in front of … » More …

Is this the homeless shelter of the future? Architecture students create prototype


As posted in the INLANDER, Samantha Wohlfeil, on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 11:14 AM

Also featured in the Spokesman Review, Tuesday, April 25 and the Daily Evergreen, Monday, April 24

Students design foldable, affordable homeless shelter, WSU News, April 24, 2017

There are approximately 1,185 homeless people living in Spokane, including about 170 homeless families, most of which are suffering from the extreme consequences of poverty. Washington state University’s third-year architecture studio led by assistant professor Mona Ghandi is a Homeless Shelter Design build studio, and it aims at designing an affordable, portable, flexible, and self-stand … » More …