Students Present Sculpture Park Ideas to Coeur d’Alene Tribe members and officials from North Idaho College and the City of Coeur d’Alene

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On November 16, 2016, Eighteen (18) second year Landscape Architecture students, led by faculty member Steve Austin, presented ideas for an emerging Coeur d’Alene Tribe Tribute Park. The class is working for the Tribe to develop plans for a sculpture park to honor Chief Morris Antelope as well as the Tribe’s history and future.

During this service-learning studio, the students are also working closely with the city of Coeur d’Alene and North Idaho College, as the site will be a city park and will have a strong connection to the College’s campus. This project both aligns with and advances WSU Landscape Architecture’s core mission of … » More …

Main Street, USA

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As featured in WSU Magazine, Winter 2016

Standing on the beach at Smokiam Park, I dip my hand in the lake. The water is soft, slippery, almost squishy feeling. It’s full of sodium carbonate—washing soda. It’s a tiny lake, and on its southern beach is Soap Lake, a town experiencing a little renaissance.

Locals credit Washington State University’s Rural Communities Design Initiative for assisting their town of 1,500 in the eastern Washington scablands with improvement efforts. Soap Lake declined from fame and modest prosperity to a near ghost town but has recently rediscovered its pulse.

“Smokiam” is a Tsincayuse word that … » More …

Redesigning Rural Communities

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As featured in WSU Magazine, Winter 2016

We know at least a few of the reasons why rural communities go into decline. In eastern Washington, technology has radically improved agricultural efficiency at the cost of manual labor jobs. Technology, in the form of trucks and automobiles, has also replaced the railroad that once connected the dots of towns in a web of mutual trade and support. When the on-farm jobs disappeared, the commercial support base in small communities did, too. Banks, cafes, repair shops closed, leaving town after town with decrepit central cores. Brain drain takes young people to urban areas in search … » More …

Students Present Branch Public Library Designs to Seattle Practitioners

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On November 7th, 2016, 24 third year architecture students, led by faculty members Taiji Miyasaka and Omar Al-Hassawi, held their studio mid-reviews at the offices of LMN Architects in Seattle. Their projects were reviewed by architects from the Seattle area.

The students were challenged to propose a contemporary design for a public library on a site located within the Cascade playground in South Lake Union. Their proposals were critiqued by professionals … » More …

Integrated student team earns second place finish in 2016 Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) national student competition

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Judged by an industry panel including architects, engineers, contractors, and owners, the second place team was one of four competing in Phase 1 from WSU and includes students from Construction Management (Marie Landsverk, Steven Bradshaw, and Sam Rykken), Interior Design (Christina Andresen), and Architecture (Connor Schneider).

As Regional Finalists, the team completed and submitted the Phase 2 deliverable based upon a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a facility on a liberal arts college campus in the southeastern United States. Short-listed by the national judging panel, the WSU team then presented their proposal before a live jury at the 2016 Design-Build Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Support the Gary Mueller Scholarship Fund

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A scholarship fund has been created in memory of Gary Mueller, the husband of Vicki Rova Mueller—both dedicated Cougar alumni and members of the Interior Design Advisory Board, past and present. Vicki is also a founding member of the SDC Central Board and has been an incredible supporter of the program and school.

Gary worked with many members of the design and construction industry in Seattle over the years in his position at HomeStreet Bank. The Gary Mueller Scholarship Fund will allow colleagues, friends, and family to honor his memory with the recipients of the scholarship focusing on Interior Design.

Gary suddenly and unexpectedly passed away … » More …

Noteworthy News: January 2017

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See our News + Events page for even more information!

Winter 2017 E-Newsletter We are thrilled to share our winter 2017 e-newsletter with you and let you know about some of the exciting work happening in the School of Design and Construction (SDC). Read the full director’s message here.

Spring 2017 Gallery Series Opens with “Impacts” IMPACTS: Achievements in Landscape Architecture” is a touring exhibition … » More …