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  • Applications invited for full-time faculty positions

    Screening of applicants will begin on November 26, 2018.

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

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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

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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.

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Students present Solar Decathlon ideas to Seattle practitioners


On March 22, 2016, twenty eight third year undergraduate architecture students, lead by faculty members Omar Al-Hassawi and Darrin Greichen, had their studio mid-reviews at the offices of LMN Architects in Seattle.

The students have been challenged to propose ideas for WSU’s entry to Solar Decathlon 2017. Their proposals were critiqued by professionals from multiple architecture practices in the Seattle area, which included CallisonRTKL, Miller Hull Partnership, Perkins+Will, Suyama Peterson Deguchi, Schemata Workshop, and LMN Architects.

Students received a wide range of constructive feedback; from comments on their general response to the design problem, to their technical abilities and representation. The reviews were followed by … » More …

Spring study tours explore at home and abroad


Several students recently completed spring study tours through coursework at the SDC.

Students in Landscape Architecture 333 spent time in Portland, Oregon learning about the designed landscapes of Portland through direct, immersive experiences. The key theme of the study tour this year was “Public Space~Water~Infrastructure.”

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Students in SDC 555 participated in a week-long study tour in the Netherlands as part of their Global Design and Construction course. An exhibit, … » More …

Atoms + Bytes: Redefining Craft in the Digital Age

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“Atoms + Bytes: Redefining Craft in the Digital Age,” an exhibition including work by assistant architecture professor Mona Ghandi, is on display at the Bellevue Arts Museum through June 26, 2016.

The exhibition showcases works by 30 international and local makers situated at the intersection of the digital and the analogue worlds. These artists, craftspeople, and designers excel in material practices that span millennia of craft traditions, while drawing on cutting-edge digital tools to develop innovative ways of making. The integration of these atoms and bytes, building blocks of matter and information, generates the new forms and typologies that shape our changing world.

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Callison Distinguished Guest Lecture Steven Rainville March 21

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“High Performance Craft: The Work of Olson Kundig Architects”

Rainville Lecture Poster (PDF)

Steven Rainville AIA, LEED AP, will present Olson Kundig’s design practice, rooted in traditions of detail, craft and making. With both a high-tech and low-tech approach, they bring a builder’s sensibility to their design work, striving to achieve long-lasting, well-crafted buildings that are as inspirational as they are functional.

SDC Gallery Opening Reception 4:30pm, Carpenter Hall Main Floor Meet Steven Rainville. Refreshments served.

SDC Distinguished Guest Lecture 5:00-6:00pm, Cleveland Hall 30E Presentation and discussion with audience.

Steven Rainville AIA, LEED AP … » More …

Students Design Tiny Houses After A Night In A Tent City

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As featured on KPLU 88.5

Homelessness is definitely on the minds of a lot of us in the Northwest right now and its seems like there is some real urgency in trying to find the best ways to help. One group of architecture students from Washington State University are taking it further than most. Their latest class project is to design a transitional house that would sit in somebody’s backyard and provide shelter for a homeless person.

The Architecture 403 studio, led by faculty member Taiji Miyasaka, with Rex Hohlbein, a founder of Facing Homelessness in Seattle, came to Seattle a few … » More …