Designing for health: ZGF and CHI Franciscan Medical Pavilion facilitate learning for graduate students


Graduate architecture and interior design students, led by Clinical Assistant Professor Omar Al-Hassawi, are working on the Bremerton Outpatient Clinic for their fall semester studio project and were recently given a tour of the CHI Franciscan Medical Pavilion while in full operation.

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In partnership with ZGF, students were also shown the full-scale mockup of the clinic pods for the Bremerton Clinic and given a tour around the project site as part of mid-semester reviews held in Seattle.

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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 …

Solar Decathlon Update from Dean Mary Rezac


In January 2016, the Solar Decathlon 2017 competition announced Washington State University as one of 16 international collegiate teams selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to design, construct, and test a solar-powered house that is affordable, innovative, and highly energy-efficient. Once built, each team would transport its entry to Denver, Colorado, where it would be displayed in the October 2017 competition.

It is with a sad heart that I inform you that WSU will not be among the 10 remaining teams that are transporting their entries to Denver.

The Solar Decathlon is a complex, challenging event, where teams compete in 10 rigorous contests—ranging from … » More …

Students and business owners discuss downtown issues

Downtown Pullman 2040

As featured in the Daily Evergreen, August 30, 2017

WSU design and architecture students and Pullman business owners met at Paradise Creek Brewery for a Pullman 2040 meeting Monday to discuss ideas on how to improve WSU’s relationship with downtown Pullman, such as increasing the social media presence of businesses.

Kathleen Ryan, a professor of interior design, shared the department’s plan to create a new art studio to encourage more WSU students to visit and explore downtown.

Organizers asked students to brainstorm ideas that would increase undergraduate student shopping in the area.

Suggestions included better use of social media apps like Snapchat and … » More …

Landscape Architecture students reveal Pullman’s hidden waterway

Fall 2017 underground waterway

Pullman is a water city, yet much of that water remains out of the consciousness of most residents. The city’s original name was “Three Forks,” a reference to the founding of the city at the intersection of three distinct streams: the Missouri Flat Creek and the Dry Fork Creek, which both flow into the South Fork of the Palouse River.

Yet the Dry Fork is largely invisible to most citizens, hidden underground for nearly one-half of a mile as it flows under the sidewalks along Grand Boulevard in downtown Pullman.

Landscape Architecture students from WSU’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture have developed ways to … » More …