• New building system using construction waste explored

  • She’s Got Game: Destined for School of Design

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

  • Hirzel projects featured in top architectural exhibition

Support the Solar Decathlon 2017 team


We need your support for the Solar Decathlon 2017, a competition where a multi-disciplinary team of VCEA students will compete against top universities in the United States and abroad, to build the most innovative, energy-efficient home in the nation.

By fall 2017, VCEA’s Solar Decathlon Team will need to design, build, and transport their entry across the country, where it will be showcased in front of a national audience.

More than $1 million in cash, materials, and services must be raised to support the students, provide them with the best state-of-the-art building materials, and help with their transportation needs.

With your help, we can win!

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Interior design students earn honors at regional competition

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Five third year interior design students (Yuriva Bueno, Harmony Connell, Aliyah Drugge, Julie Nguyen and Abigail Metcalf) recently competed in the IIDA (International Interior Design Association) Regional Student Design Charrette sponsored by IIDA Pacific Northwest Chapter in Seattle.

Two students (Abigail and Yuriva) placed in the competition with first place and second place, respectively, in the team category.

As a first place winner, Abigail has been invited to participate in the regional competition with other students from the greater west coast area. The winning team will be given a spot to compete at the national IIDA student design charrette at NeoCon 2016.

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Computational Design Workshops and Lecture

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IDR Studios (Arch 513 and ID 426) and the School of Design and Construction are pleased to welcome Carlos Sandoval Olascoaga from MIT School of Architecture as our guest workshop presenter and speaker.

Carlos Sandoval Olascoaga is an architect that specializes in computational design and urban computing. Before joining the Design and Computation Group at MIT, he was a research scientist at UC Berkeley, investigating the convergence of design, data science, and social sciences. In the past four years, Carlos has been a Lecturer at UC Berkeley and a Visiting Professor at UNAM, and has taught computational design seminars and workshops in the United States, … » More …

“Morphology of Adaptive Systems” exhibit open February 17-26

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The “Morphology of Adaptive Systems” exhibition will be held from February 17 – 26 with an opening reception on Wednesday, February 17 at 4:30 in the Carpenter Hall Gallery.

This exhibition represents findings from exploration of Adaptive Systems and Generative Design in IDR Studios (Arch 513 and ID 426) and Generative Design Course (ID 598).

The exhibition focuses on kinetic and responsive design solutions for creating tools, techniques, and platforms for roboticized self-adjusting building.

The framework for designing adaptive systems in these studios incorporates computational methods in both design thinking and fabrication process as … » More …

Puyallup River Watershed focus of landscape architecture capstone

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Feature photo: Students and faculty at Upper Clear Creek mitigation site with WSU LA alum Derrick Eberle (in green), whose firm (Bruce Dees & Associates) is the lead on the project.

The following organizations, firms, and agencies generously gave their time on the study tour: AHBL Inc., Bruce Dees & Associates, Cascade Water Alliance, Citizens for a Healthy Bay, City of Puyallup, City of Tacoma, Filbert Acres Farm, Foothills Rails to Trails Coalition, Pierce County Conservation District, Port of Tacoma, Puyallup Tribal Fisheries, US Army Corps of Engineers, WSU Puyallup, Washington … » More …

LMN Architects Receive the 2016 AIA Architecture Firm Award


Washington, D.C. – December 3, 2015 – The Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) voted for LMN Architects to receive the 2016 AIA Architecture Firm Award. The AIA Architecture Firm Award, given annually, is the highest honor the AIA bestows on an architecture firm and recognizes a practice that consistently has produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years. The firm will be honored at the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia.

Founded in 1979, by George Loschky, FAIA, Jud Marquardt, FAIA, and John Nesholm, FAIA, LMN has nurtured a commitment to civic life, exploring the potential of architecture … » More …

WSU students win bid competition

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A team of construction management students from Washington State University won the Northwest Construction Consumer Council’s annual Student Bid Competition in February 2016.

The event was held at the Cascade Bicycle Club in Seattle. Students bid actual tenant improvements done by Hoffman Construction for the bicycle club at Magnuson Park.

The WSU team, pictured below, was Michael Ruether, Brad Neudorfer, Marcus Konopaski, Kate Wallen, Stephen Bradshaw, and Marie Landsverk.

Other schools in the competition were the University of Washington, Central Washington University, and Oregon State University.

Judging was conducted by NWCCC members Carol Rhodes of the Port of Tacoma, Stan Hummel of King County Wastewater, … » More …

Callison Distinguished Guest Lecture: April Philips

April Philips

April Philips is a landscape architect, artist, advocate, lecturer and author. She is a national leader in both research and practice associated with urban agriculture and sustainable sites. Her recent projects include the incorporation of urban edibles and habitats in the urban realm as well as a SITES pilot project that harnesses ecology, community resilience, and food landscapes.

April Philips Lecture Poster (PDF)

April Philips Poster

“Sustainable Urban Forms: Theory, Design, and Application” features work of several faculty

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Authored by Bashir A. Kazimee, the recently released book “Sustainable Urban Forms: Theory, Design, and Application” (Cognella Press, First Edition), features contributions from several SDC faculty.  Outside researchers and experts in the field also contributed research and scholarly articles to the book.

Available for purchase at Cognella Academic Publishing and on the Student Store, the book is presently being used in Kazimee’s spring 2016 “Issues in Sustainable Architecture,” (Arch 215) course.

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