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 program called for a temporary educational facility designed to create experiences and develop lessons in collaboration with science and technology companies working to overhaul Seattle’s waterfront, including marine habitat and structural shoring of the sea wall.

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ARCH 510 (Seattle) Robert Hutchison, Principal, Robert Hutchison Architecture; and James Steel, Principal, Steel Architects
“Social Housing and the Proposal of New Alternatives for an Urban Future” was the design topic of this Seattle based graduate studio. Final projects addressed the dire need for social housing in relation to the impending growth and urbanization of Seattle. The studio included a research phase and a design phase. During the research phase, students looked into the history of social housing and current social housing policies within the United States; social housing policies in place for the City of Seattle and King County; and held meetings with city staff to discuss the City of Seattle’s future plans for social housing in relation to urban densification. Students also had conversations with architectural firms currently designing social housing projects within the Seattle region and conducted site visit(s) to social housing projects within and surrounding Seattle. Case studies of social housing projects constructed within the United States since World War II were also examined. Over the final four weeks in the design phase, students developed individual conceptual designs addressing a specific topic of social housing and urban densification.

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ARCH 510 (Vancouver) Casey Wyckoff, Stefani Randall, Brent Young
Located at LSW Architects in Vancouver, WA, students were tasked with helping a developer determine the feasibility of building a mixed-use retail and affordable housing project downtown that is connected with Vancouver’s future waterfront project and mass transit. The students looked at parking, quantity, and size of apartment units, and created conceptual architectural designs for the project. CLICK HERE to read an article featured in The Columbian. Photo credit Steven Lane/The Columbian.

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ARCH 510 (Spokane), Jeff Hyslop, Dana Harbrough, Lauren Scranton

Located in Spokane, WA at NAC Architecture, the project was a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) high school adjacent to Anthony’s Restaurant along the Spokane River. The students were first paired to conduct initial research, culminating in a graphics panel. Then each student developed individual rationale for his or her project. These narratives ranged from curricula based on robotics, sustainable design, using Riverfront Park/Spokane as a laboratory for innovation, and also various schemes for partnering with Spokane professionals and/or businesses as a basis for STEM education.

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