Senior Shelby Ruiz selected as national finalist in the 2018 IDEC Student Design Competition

Shelby Ruiz IDEC student competition 2018

Congratulations to senior Shelby Ruiz on being a national finalist in the 2018 IDEC Student Design Competition.

“Fundamental Atmospheres: Designing for Spatial and Spiritual Experiences” provides for the empowerment of users to grow intellectually, spiritually, mentally, or metaphysically. Purposefully broad and open ended, the project program asks entrants to define the specific use of the design and to develop an atmospheric intervention. The purpose can be a religious practice (traditional or emerging), a secular space of reflection or mindfulness, and/or places for public commemoration.

Winners will be displayed at the 2018 IDEC Annual Conference, March 7-10, 2018 in Boston and will … » More …

Eric Drivdahl and the WSU Mentor Day


Last fall, Washington State University grad Eric Drivdahl returned to his alma mater to share his experience with aspiring architectural designers during “mentor day” with the architecture program.

Design is inherent for Eric Drivdahl, a Pacific Northwest Native local to Bothell. As a child, Tinker toys, erector sets, and blocks served as the means to construct his imagination’s creative visions. He graduated cum laude in architecture from Washington State University and spent the first six years of his career in Ohio working on historic buildings, including several on the National Historic Register. In 2002, he began his journey with the Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl design team … » More …

Building Connections: Simpson Strong-Tie Student Scholarship


Building Connections

JANUARY 10, 2018: By Erik Gomez, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

For architecture major Abigail Shane, life is about moments and interactions. She believes they each happen for a reason – and right now, Shane is living in a pretty good moment.

This past year, Shane earned a Simpson Strong-Tie Student Scholarship and with it, was awarded $2,000 and a trip to California to tour Simpson Strong-Tie’s laboratories and manufacturing facilities.

“I feel really fortunate to have won the scholarship,” said Shane. “It has given me a confidence boost knowing that outside sources can see my potential.”

While touring their facilities, Shane … » More …

Designing through emotion

Designing through emotion Fall 2017

Designing through emotion: Designers recommend students fill apartments with things that inspire them

As featured in the Daily Evergreen, Bailey Campbell (January 25, 2018)

Color schemes based on desired emotions can make decorating much easier. Concepts students use to create building designs can also be used to decorate an apartment or house. Ashtyn Perlatti, a junior interior design student, said interior designers aren’t taught how to pick out pillows, throws and wall hangings. Rather, they are taught to create a design that is functional and safe. Looks always come second.

“We design the spaces that you will spend 90 percent of your … » More …

“Black Shed” project receives National Design-Build Award


Black Shed is a design-build project, which was completed for White Spring Ranch Museum/Archive Library in Genesee, ID in spring 2017 by architecture students and faculty members. The challenge of the project was to design and build a storage space for their historical artifacts.

The project recently received National Design-Build Award from ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture). The original site was developed by a homestead family in the late 19th century. In addition to their farmhouse built in 1885, the site hosts an 1876 log cabin, 1884 curio cabin, and 1889 barn. These historical self-built buildings are the products of families, friends, and … » More …