• WSU Interior Design Students take top three prizes in National Retail Design Competition

  • Interior Design alumni earn NCIDQ Certification

  • Ryan Smith named director of School of Design and Construction

  • Landscape architecture student selected for Massie Family Endowed Fellowship

Architecture + Cancer: Studio honors deceased student

Remembering Dina Radjabalipour




ARCHITECTURE + CANCER: An Architectural Inquiry on Cancer Treatment Centers In Loving Memory of Dina Radjabalipour

Architecture + Cancer Studio Poster (PDF)

Architecture + Cancer: An Architectural Inquiry of Cancer Care Centers (online publication)


Paul Hirzel, professor, School of Design and Construction, (509) 335-1373, hrzl@sdc.wsu.edu

Tina Hilding, communications coordinator, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, (509) 335-5095, thilding@wsu.edu

Students design for better cancer care in late classmate’s memory

PULLMAN, Wash. … » More …

Adaptive Systems: Spring IDR studio work on display April 25-29

Adaptive Systems

OPEN HOUSE April 25 – 29 Opening April 25 at 4:00 – 5:30 pm in Carpenter 201

The spring 2016 IDR Adaptive Systems studio, led by faculty members Mona Ghandi and Saleh Kalantari, has focused on kinetic and responsive design solutions and tends to create tools, techniques, and platforms for robotized self-adjusting buildings. The studio has aimed at a more comprehensive design of adaptive systems in architecture and interior design.

The framework for designing adaptive systems in this studio has incorporated computational methods in both design thinking and fabrication process as well as studying material behavior, transformative mechanism, and robotics. Emphasizing the connection of data to the adaptive built environment, this studio has focused on design computation, … » More …

Interior Design faculty member receives President’s Award for Leadership

Kathleen Ryan President's Award 2016

Kathleen Ryan, Assistant Professor in the Interior Design program, received the President’s Award for Leadership and Engagement based on work with students and Rural Communities Design Initiative.

Presented in partnership by the CCE and Student Involvement, the President’s Award for Leadership is an honor bestowed annually to students and others who advance leadership and engagement at WSU. Recipients of this prestigious award demonstrate exceptional leadership and service to the university and the community as well as to those who support leadership development in WSU students. The award categories are student, student group, faculty or staff and community organization.

The Rural Communities Design Initiative» More …

Solar Decathlon kick-off meeting: watch video on You Tube

Solar Decathlon Recruitment

Watch a video of the meeting:

You Tube icon

Join the team:


Sign up for Summer Courses:

ARCH 401: Solar Decathlon Design

ARCH 490/520: Solar Decathlon Systems Design

ARCH 580: Solar Decathlon Details

Sign up for Fall Courses:

ARCH 403: Solar Decathlon Construction Documents

ARCH 580: Solar Decathlon Details

WSU Solar Decathlon team getting underway

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University students from all disciplines are invited … » More …

Grand connection charrette includes ideas from SDC faculty and students

BAM Students 1

Over 70 design professionals, including SDC faculty member Omar Al-Hassawi and five architecture students (Drew Jepsen, Chris Opdyke, Matthew Staley, Marianeth Becceril, and Jared Milne),  joined the Bellevue Arts Museum and the City of Bellevue to imagine the future of the city as part of a visionary planning session in celebration of the exhibition, Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture.

Bellevue Grand Connection_   BAM Students 1


See more images on their Facebook page.

SDC sets the table for “the Dinner Party”


For the third year running, WSU School of Design and Construction students are collaborating with WSU Performing Arts to design and build sets for the WSUPA spring theater production. This year, the production is play based upon the one-act comedy written by Neil Simon.

David Drake, Fabrication Labs Manager and faculty member was the set designer for the play; students Carson Davis, Cody Kotrlik, Kim Lawrence, and Jared Milne were design assistants and build team as part of an Architecture 499 Theater Set Design-Build course. Graduate student Ann-Jeannette Seymour plays the Mariette.

The collaboration between SDC and Performing Arts is noteworthy for a number of reasons. The VCEA/SDC Fabrication Labs offer a … » More …

Faculty delivers keynote and students attend WASLA 2016

LA 3

Steve Austin, JD, ASLA, and clinical assistant professor for the School of Design and Construction, recently delivered the keynote address at the 2016 WASLA (Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects) conference.

Austin’s address, “Welcome to the Anthropocene: Our Reality and The Implications for Landscape Architecture,” focused on the Anthropocene – the human era – referring to the profound, but perhaps not unexpected, realization that humans are now the single most dominant force on the planet. Austin states, “in this era, we face both the consequences of, as well as the limits to, our actions. Past and present considered, we confront the … » More …

Landscape Architecture faculty member receives national recognition

Upper Clear Creek 2

Jolie June 2015

Jolie Kaytes, landscape architecture professor in the School of Design and Construction, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 23 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Kaytes will participate in an NEH Summer Institute titled “Extending the Land Ethic: Current Humanities Voices and Sustainability.” The four-week program will be held at Northern … » More …

Students and faculty recognized for research and creative excellence


Please join us in congratulating Kathleen Ryan, interior design assistant professor, and Ky Christiansen, interior design 2015. Their presentation at the 2016 IDEC (Interior Design Educator’s Council) Annual Conference “A Product of Sharing: Designing a Culturally Adaptive Exhibit” was identified as a “best of the best” selection in the Scholarship of Design Research category.

The top presentations at the conference, held in Portland, OR, March 9 – 12, were reviewed by a group of peers. IDEC recognizes that those individuals that are recipients of these awards have been acknowledged by their peers as outstanding scholars in their area of expertise.

» More …