• "Meaning, Memory, and Museums"

  • Global Engagement in Design and Construction: Jordan, 2018

  • Spring Sketching Workshop: Sketching Fundamentals with Matthew Brehm

    April 13-15, 2018
  • Revitalizing Rural Environments

    Workshop and Symposium March 28-31, 2018

2018 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Architecture Awarded to Mona Ghandi


Read more in “Compassionate Spaces” as featured on VCEA website.

Published on Jan 31, 2018

Mona Ghandi is the recipient of the 2018 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Architecture.

The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise were established in 2009 as a complement to the Vilcek Prizes, to encourage and support young immigrants who have already demonstrated exceptional achievements, and who often face significant challenges early in their careers. As with the Vilcek Prizes, the Creative Promise Prizes are awarded annually in biomedical science and in a rotating category of the arts, this year recognizing accomplishments in the field of architecture.

Mona Ghandi … » More …

Designing through emotion

Designing through emotion Fall 2017

Designing through emotion: Designers recommend students fill apartments with things that inspire them

As featured in the Daily Evergreen, Bailey Campbell (January 25, 2018)

Color schemes based on desired emotions can make decorating much easier. Concepts students use to create building designs can also be used to decorate an apartment or house. Ashtyn Perlatti, a junior interior design student, said interior designers aren’t taught how to pick out pillows, throws and wall hangings. Rather, they are taught to create a design that is functional and safe. Looks always come second.

“We design the spaces that you will spend 90 percent of your … » More …

“Black Shed” project receives National Design-Build Award


Black Shed is a design-build project, which was completed for White Spring Ranch Museum/Archive Library in Genesee, ID in spring 2017 by architecture students and faculty members. The challenge of the project was to design and build a storage space for their historical artifacts.

The project recently received National Design-Build Award from ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture). The original site was developed by a homestead family in the late 19th century. In addition to their farmhouse built in 1885, the site hosts an 1876 log cabin, 1884 curio cabin, and 1889 barn. These historical self-built buildings are the products of families, friends, and … » More …

Proportional Systems in the History of Architecture: A Critical Reconsideration



Professor Matthew A. Cohen’s newest book, “Proportional Systems in the History of Architecture: A Critical Reconsideration,” is due out in May 2018, published by Leiden University Press and distributed in the United States by The University of Chicago Press.

Edited by Cohen and Maarten Delbeke, the book sheds more light on the proportional systems used in architecture, prior to the advent of modern structural engineering:

“Prior to the advent of modern structural engineering, architects and builders used proportional systems to imbue their works with a general condition of order that was integral … » More …

On site with interior design intern

Voda Site Visit

Rebecca Bradley, a senior interior design student, recently completed an internship with Sechrist Design Associates. Her experience included the project “Voda,” a multi-family development in downtown Kirland, Washington, slated to open in spring 2018.

The developer is Continental Properties LLC and the property management company is Avenue 5 Residential.

The interior design program offers the internship option as one of three in the fall semester of the senior year. The other two options are study abroad (Florence, Italy) and community studio (Pullman, WA).

Voda Site Visit

Spring gallery exhibition schedule announced


Wednesday, Jan 17-31 GALLERY EXHIBIT: “Revisiting the Legacy of Tom Berger”

Monday, Feb 5, 4:30pm GALLERY OPENING: “Out in Front: Challenges and Solutions in Landscape Architecture”

Monday, Feb 26, 4:30pm GALLERY OPENING: “Structure from Color: Architectural Sketching of Matthew Brehm”

Wednesday, March 21, 4:30pm GALLERY OPENING: “Revitalizing Rural Environments Symposium Exhibition”


Monday, April 9, 4:30pm GALLERY OPENING: “Precedents: Highlights from the Global History of Design”


Saturday, April 14 (and possibly 15) times TBD SPRING SKETCH WORKSHOP with Guest Artist Matthew Brehm

Monday, … » More …