School of Design and Construction Creates First Integrated Design Research Studio

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WSU News: Students present Smart City Spokane midterm designs

WSU News: Design students bridge disparate Spokane neighborhoods

As the first SDC Integrated Design Research Studio, students from Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture, will collaborate to create design solutions for Spokane’s University District in conjunction with SMART.CITY|SPOKANE.

This effort is an integrated design research collaborative that will explore emergent ideas associated with the Smart City – data driven decision making, interactive environments, and an internet of things. Our work will investigate how the built environment can use Smart City ideas to facilitate resource management, build community, and promote health … » More …

Fall Semester 2016 Important Events and Reminders


August 22 (Monday): First Day of Classes.

August 24 (Wednesday): SDC Graduate Student Orientation. 1:10pm-2:00pm, Carpenter Hall, Room 312. Graduate students required; all SDC faculty and staff welcome.

August 25 (Thursday): VCEA Ice Cream Social, 3:00pm-5:00pm, ETRL Courtyard. All SDC students, faculty, and staff welcome.

August 26 (Friday): All-SDC Welcome and All-SDC BBQ at 5pm on north side of Carpenter Hall/Thompson Flats. All SDC students, faculty, and staff welcome.

This year’s version of the “WE ARE SDC” t-shirt will be handed out at the BBQ!

September 15 (Thursday): CAHNRS Fall Festival, Spillman Plaza, 3:00-5:00pm.

October 2 (Sunday) to October 5 (Wednesday): Seattle Study Tour/Job Shadow (Lnd_Arch 222)

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Landscape Architecture Alumnus Honored for Volunteer Efforts


Lucas Vannice; Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (WSU; May 2014)

As featured in the August 2015 WASLA Washington Chapter Newsletter

It is my absolute pleasure to write this piece about a great friend, colleague, and fellow Coug – Lucas Vannice.  Lucas is our outstanding volunteer this month for the tremendous work he has put in as the Public Relations and Communications committee chair. Let’s just say that he is perfect for this position, as he is one of the most outgoing and engaging individuals I’ve had the delight of meeting. You may have all met him at the last … » More …

WSU Design Group Facilitates Rural Recreation Planning


As featured in WSU News July 7, 2015

SOAP LAKE, Wash. – A community workshop about designing parks and recreation opportunities for Soap Lake will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 11, in the Soap Lake middle/high school library.

Recreation survey findings will be presented by the Grant County Health Department. Participants will engage in design of a general parks plan, playground, connecting trails and additional community activities.

The session will be conducted by the Rural Communities Design Initiative at Washington State University and the Washington Parks and Recreation Committee. It is also sponsored by Soap Lake Parks and Recreation, … » More …

Enhancing the Construction Management Student Experience


To make a gift, please contact:

Devon Anderson Senior Director, Philanthropic Engagement Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture Office: 509-335-2197 Cell: 509-432-4292

Construction Management Student Excellence Fund

Work-ready on day one:  That is what students in the Washington State University Construction Management program can expect to be when they graduate.  Their employers can expect it, too.  The WSU Construction Management program gives students the perfect mix of leading edge knowledge and practical experience.  For over 50 years it has equipped students to hit the ground running when they enter the workforce.

The Construction Management Student Excellence Fund needs $80,000+ annually to sustain outstanding student learning experiences.Help WSU … » More …

Summer Studios Connect Students with Regional Practitioners and Communities


A series of summer studios located in Spokane, Seattle, and Vancouver, WA, connected 35 architecture students with practitioners and community projects. The immersive six-week experience (May 11-June 19) counts towards studio credit in the graduate program (ARCH 510) or the undergraduate program (ARCH 301).

ARCH 301 (Seattle) Ayad Rahmani, School of Design + Construction Working in conjuction with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the Arch 301 summer studio delivered by Ayad Rahmani, was charged with the challenge to design a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) school on a site located on the edge of Pioneer Square, between 1st Avenue and Alaskan Way. The … » More …

Interior Design Students Compete in IIDA Charette at NeoCon

Neo Con 2015

The 4th Annual International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Student Design Charette at NeoCon was held on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Featuring 12 teams, IIDA student members were faced with solving a design challenge within six hours, using only hand drafting and rendering.

The teams then presented their design to a panel of respected judges from the interior design industry. A Winners Reception took place the following evening.

The WSU Interior Design program was represented by students Uris Giron and Candie Wilcken. Giron’s team was awarded the “People’s Choice Award,” voted on by nearly 50,000 architecture and design professionals attending NeoCon.

NeoCon, held annually at … » More …

Gruen Named Director of the School of Design and Construction


We are very pleased to announce that Phil Gruen has accepted the position of Director of the School of Design and Construction (SDC), for a two-year term, effective June 1, 2015, through May 31, 2017. Note that this is not an interim position, and it is consistent with the overwhelming support that was communicated to us.

Over the last year during his service as interim director, Phil has worked to continue to move the SDC toward more integration. He has done this in a collaborative, transparent, and open manner. Under his leadership, the SDC has initiated new strategic plans for the School as well as all … » More …

Fundraising Efforts Focus on SDC Virtual Laboratory


If you have questions regarding a gift for the SDC please contact:

Devon Anderson Senior Director of Development Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

VCEA Development Team

Ben McLuen Director of Development College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

CAHNRS Development Team

The School of Design + Construction (SDC) is excited to focus this year on fundraising for the SDC Virtual Laboratory, which will transform Carpenter Hall Room 412.

The lab is intended to support the teaching and learning of emergent digital tools; distance collaboration through high-quality video conferencing; and the presentation of large-format digital media in a … » More …