Atoms + Bytes: Redefining Craft in the Digital Age

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“Atoms + Bytes: Redefining Craft in the Digital Age,” an exhibition including work by assistant architecture professor Mona Ghandi, is on display at the Bellevue Arts Museum through June 26, 2016.

The exhibition showcases works by 30 international and local makers situated at the intersection of the digital and the analogue worlds. These artists, craftspeople, and designers excel in material practices that span millennia of craft traditions, while drawing on cutting-edge digital tools to develop innovative ways of making. The integration of these atoms and bytes, building blocks of matter and information, generates the new forms and typologies that shape our changing world.

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Callison Distinguished Guest Lecture Steven Rainville March 21

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“High Performance Craft: The Work of Olson Kundig Architects”

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Steven Rainville AIA, LEED AP, will present Olson Kundig’s design practice, rooted in traditions of detail, craft and making. With both a high-tech and low-tech approach, they bring a builder’s sensibility to their design work, striving to achieve long-lasting, well-crafted buildings that are as inspirational as they are functional.

SDC Gallery Opening Reception 4:30pm, Carpenter Hall Main Floor Meet Steven Rainville. Refreshments served.

SDC Distinguished Guest Lecture 5:00-6:00pm, Cleveland Hall 30E Presentation and discussion with audience.

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Students Design Tiny Houses After A Night In A Tent City

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As featured on KPLU 88.5

Homelessness is definitely on the minds of a lot of us in the Northwest right now and its seems like there is some real urgency in trying to find the best ways to help. One group of architecture students from Washington State University are taking it further than most. Their latest class project is to design a transitional house that would sit in somebody’s backyard and provide shelter for a homeless person.

The Architecture 403 studio, led by faculty member Taiji Miyasaka, with Rex Hohlbein, a founder of Facing Homelessness in Seattle, came to Seattle a few … » More …

Student team places second at construction management competition

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A student team from the Washington State University construction management program took second place at the regional Associated School of Construction student competition, the largest construction management competition in the U.S.

It was the fifth year in a row that the commercial team from WSU has placed in the competition, which is held annually in early February in Sparks, Nevada. More than 1300 students from 44 universities and 17 states participate.

As part of the competition, students were required to develop a proposal for a real-life construction problem in less than 24 hours. Students used construction management skills, such as scheduling, estimating, site logistics, site safety and … » More …

Support the Solar Decathlon 2017 team


We need your support for the Solar Decathlon 2017, a competition where a multi-disciplinary team of VCEA students will compete against top universities in the United States and abroad, to build the most innovative, energy-efficient home in the nation.

By fall 2017, VCEA’s Solar Decathlon Team will need to design, build, and transport their entry across the country, where it will be showcased in front of a national audience.

More than $1 million in cash, materials, and services must be raised to support the students, provide them with the best state-of-the-art building materials, and help with their transportation needs.

With your help, we can win!

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Interior design students earn honors at regional competition

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Five third year interior design students (Yuriva Bueno, Harmony Connell, Aliyah Drugge, Julie Nguyen and Abigail Metcalf) recently competed in the IIDA (International Interior Design Association) Regional Student Design Charrette sponsored by IIDA Pacific Northwest Chapter in Seattle.

Two students (Abigail and Yuriva) placed in the competition with first place and second place, respectively, in the team category.

As a first place winner, Abigail has been invited to participate in the regional competition with other students from the greater west coast area. The winning team will be given a spot to compete at the national IIDA student design charrette at NeoCon 2016.

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Computational Design Workshops and Lecture

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IDR Studios (Arch 513 and ID 426) and the School of Design and Construction are pleased to welcome Carlos Sandoval Olascoaga from MIT School of Architecture as our guest workshop presenter and speaker.

Carlos Sandoval Olascoaga is an architect that specializes in computational design and urban computing. Before joining the Design and Computation Group at MIT, he was a research scientist at UC Berkeley, investigating the convergence of design, data science, and social sciences. In the past four years, Carlos has been a Lecturer at UC Berkeley and a Visiting Professor at UNAM, and has taught computational design seminars and workshops in the United States, … » More …

“Morphology of Adaptive Systems” exhibit open February 17-26

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The “Morphology of Adaptive Systems” exhibition will be held from February 17 – 26 with an opening reception on Wednesday, February 17 at 4:30 in the Carpenter Hall Gallery.

This exhibition represents findings from exploration of Adaptive Systems and Generative Design in IDR Studios (Arch 513 and ID 426) and Generative Design Course (ID 598).

The exhibition focuses on kinetic and responsive design solutions for creating tools, techniques, and platforms for roboticized self-adjusting building.

The framework for designing adaptive systems in these studios incorporates computational methods in both design thinking and fabrication process as … » More …