Faculty-Led Jordan: Collaborative Approaches to Sustainable Built Environments

Hiking the Siq Petra

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 …

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

Students learn modular construction process used in new campus hotel


September 9, 2016: Construction Management and Hospitality and Business Management students toured Guerdon Enterprises to learn about the modular construction process.  The tour allowed students to see the construction progression associated with the modular hotel units that will be part of the new Marriott Courtyard hotel on the WSU campus.

Stonebridge Companies (founder & CEO) Navin Dimond – ’85) initiated the creation of an industry sponsored, interdisciplinary course between Construction Management and Hospitality Business Management.  Through this course the students will research and test the hypothesis that modular construction is a viable process for future hotel construction.  The students will explore aspects of this project ranging … » More …