DBIA Team Places First in the NW Region of National Student Competition

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The Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) 2017 student competition closely mirrors best practices in design-build project delivery. The two-phase competition involves the collaboration of students from diverse backgrounds, including architecture and construction management, responding to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a student health and wellness facility on a liberal arts college campus in the Northwestern United States.

Finalists will then respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP) and the top three short-listed teams will present in person at DBIA’s annual conference in Philadelphia.

One of the SDC’s teams recently placed first in the NW Region and will now receive the RFP (Request … » More …

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

College Place Workshop Fall 2017 (cropped)

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.

College Place Workshop Fall 2017 (cropped)

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 …