Landscape Architecture recognition and outreach


In November, the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program will be one of 16 university programs or departments recognized by the Provost for “for useful and sustained assessment that supports quality undergraduate education at WSU.” The program remains committed to meaningful outreach, experiential learning, and alumni connection opportunities such as the recent activities described below.

Over the weekend of October 28-29, 2017 four students participated in the Latah-Hangman Creek charrette in Spokane. The purpose of the charrette was to create a concept plan for the Latah-Hangman Creek corridor. It would include a nature path, history, culture, flora and fauna. The area connects seven Spokane neighborhoods, the past and … » More …

Seeking Applications for Director

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The School of Design and Construction (SDC), Washington State University, is seeking applications for Director. The director is principally responsible for conveying and communicating the mission, vision, and values of the SDC and providing strategic leadership and outreach.

As the face of the SDC, the director assumes a high-profile role to publicly represent the School and its interests in every capacity. S/he must be committed to the diversity and breadth of the SDC while upholding the mission of a land-grant university.

SDC Director Search Position Announcement (posted 10-30-2017, PDF).

Position Posting and Application Instructions (Human Resource Services)

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Shape Your Shelter: Exhibit open now through November 17


We are pleased to announce the opening of “Shape Your Shelter” exhibition on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 in the SDC Gallery (Carpenter Hall ground floor) at 4:30 PM. In this exhibition you can find the full scale shelter and 14 proposals for the homeless shelter designed by students as part of assistant professor Mona Ghandi’s third year architecture studio (spring 2017). Three of these designs were awarded as first, second, and third place in the AIA Spokane Student Award show in April 2017.

There are approximately 1,185 homeless people living in Spokane and about 170 homeless families, most of which are suffering from the extreme consequences of … » More …

Constructing A Legacy

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Jason Peschel, Richard L. Silliman Distinguished Professor of Estimating, is Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture’s 2017 Reid Miller Excellence in Teaching Award recipient.

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With more than 25 years of combined construction and teaching experience, Peschel directs Washington State University’s in-demand Construction Management program, where four out of five students often receive job offers from industry prior to graduation.

The college caught up with Peschel to ask him about the Construction Management program, and about what makes it so special.

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Emerson, Thoreau and Frank Lloyd Wright with Ayad Rahmani


Ayad Rahmani is a licensed architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at Washington State University who writes on a diverse array of topics ranging from the Islamic city to Frank Lloyd Wright to Dubai today.

In this episode we try and connect the dots that link his diverse interests. Discussion topics include: publicity and privacy in the Islamic city, Wright’s Broadacre plan, ruralization and food security, and, migration and the search for roots via architecture.

Listen to the full podcast at  

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Students lead bear facility redesign efforts

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TEVA MAYER, WSU Daily Evergreen, October 23, 2017

A class of third-year interior design students has been tasked with developing conceptual ideas for a new WSU Grizzly Bear Research, Education and Conservation Center as part of their studio curriculum. The current facility, which was originally constructed for primate research in the 1950s, has been deemed inadequate by students, faculty and review committees for several years. According to the WSU Bear Center website, it remains the premier grizzly bear research facility in the country, and the only one of its kind.

Aspen Durand, a senior wildlife ecology student, and her friend Daniel Molina, a recent forestry … » More …

Designing for health: ZGF and CHI Franciscan Medical Pavilion facilitate learning for graduate students


Graduate architecture and interior design students, led by Clinical Assistant Professor Omar Al-Hassawi, are working on the Bremerton Outpatient Clinic for their fall semester studio project and were recently given a tour of the CHI Franciscan Medical Pavilion while in full operation.

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In partnership with ZGF, students were also shown the full-scale mockup of the clinic pods for the Bremerton Clinic and given a tour around the project site as part of mid-semester reviews held in Seattle.

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Travel experiences contribute to transformative education


A number of fall semester travel experiences serve to expose students in the School of Design and Construction to a range of built environments, places, ideas, and cultures that are not readily available in the Palouse—and difficult to teach in the classroom. Travel experience is integral to the SDC curriculum and contributes to a transformative education, as indicated in strategic plans for both the SDC and WSU.

Internationally, fourth year interior design and architecture students are studying abroad in Florence, Ireland, Barcelona, Prague, and England. An exchange program with Cork University in Ireland allows some of their students to spend a semester in Pullman … » More …

Rural Communities Design Initiative (RCDI): Design Guidelines and Community Engagement

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Robert Krikac, faculty in the School of Design and Construction, Rural Communities Design Initiative (RCDI) presented Proposed Design Standards and Guidelines at the City Council meeting in City of College Place, WA on September 26, 2017.

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RCDI faculty and student interns assisted in the preparation of design guidelines to supplement the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Proposed Design Standards and Guidelines for downtown College Place were based on the RCDI’s research and facilitation of several community workshops and presentations to officials at Walla Walla University, the City of College Place Planning Commission … » More …