For over ten years, a variety of noteworthy architecture firms have hosted undergraduate architecture summer studios in Seattle that focus on urban issues and practice topics. In summer 2018, the Northwest Architectural Company (NAC) hosted the students and asked them to examine homelessness in the city, including ways to reintegrate people who are homeless back into society.
Homelessness is an acute problem stemming, in part, from a housing market that has gone through the roof but also from mental and social issues related to an age that has become increasingly too fast to contend with. The challenge involved three sites and three programs: medical, wellness, and housing, all linked by an urban edge meant to serve as a conduit by which public life can become part of the solution, coordinating relations between commercial flows and those underway inside the buildings.
All three interventions take place on Seattle’s First Avenue, just a few steps away from the studio location. WSU Associate Professor Ayad Rahmani taught the studio.
Graduate Studios and Summer Session Travel
Additional summer studios at the graduate level (ARCH 510) were hosted by Paul Soper and Ashley Koger of GBD Architects in Portland, while Juliette Dubroca and Susan Jones of Atelier Jones partnered to deliver a studio hosted in Seattle.
Several students from interior design, architecture, and fine arts experienced the City of Lights for the first time in our 2018 summer study tour “Paris: A Designer’s View” led by Interior Design faculty members Bob Krikac and Carrie Vielle.