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Landscape Architecture Alumnus Honored for Volunteer Efforts


Lucas Vannice; Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (WSU; May 2014)

As featured in the August 2015 WASLA Washington Chapter Newsletter

It is my absolute pleasure to write this piece about a great friend, colleague, and fellow Coug – Lucas Vannice.  Lucas is our outstanding volunteer this month for the tremendous work he has put in as the Public Relations and Communications committee chair. Let’s just say that he is perfect for this position, as he is one of the most outgoing and engaging individuals I’ve had the delight of meeting. You may have all met him at the last … » More …

WSU Design Group Facilitates Rural Recreation Planning


As featured in WSU News July 7, 2015

SOAP LAKE, Wash. – A community workshop about designing parks and recreation opportunities for Soap Lake will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 11, in the Soap Lake middle/high school library.

Recreation survey findings will be presented by the Grant County Health Department. Participants will engage in design of a general parks plan, playground, connecting trails and additional community activities.

The session will be conducted by the Rural Communities Design Initiative at Washington State University and the Washington Parks and Recreation Committee. It is also sponsored by Soap Lake Parks and Recreation, … » More …

Enhancing the Construction Management Student Experience


To make a gift, please contact:

Jennifer Dean Director of Development Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture 509-335-8096 jenn.dean@wsu.edu

Construction Management Student Excellence Fund

Work-ready on day one:  That is what students in the Washington State University Construction Management program can expect to be when they graduate.  Their employers can expect it, too.  The WSU Construction Management program gives students the perfect mix of leading edge knowledge and practical experience.  For over 50 years it has equipped students to hit the ground running when they enter the workforce.

The Construction Management Student Excellence Fund needs $80,000+ annually to sustain outstanding student learning experiences.Help WSU continue to produce some of the best-prepared professionals … » More …

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 … » More …

Interior Design Students Compete in IIDA Charette at NeoCon

Neo Con 2015

The 4th Annual International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Student Design Charette at NeoCon was held on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Featuring 12 teams, IIDA student members were faced with solving a design challenge within six hours, using only hand drafting and rendering.

The teams then presented their design to a panel of respected judges from the interior design industry. A Winners Reception took place the following evening.

The WSU Interior Design program was represented by students Uris Giron and Candie Wilcken. Giron’s team was awarded the “People’s Choice Award,” voted on by nearly 50,000 architecture and design professionals attending NeoCon.

NeoCon, held annually at … » More …

Gruen Named Director of the School of Design and Construction


We are very pleased to announce that Phil Gruen has accepted the position of Director of the School of Design and Construction (SDC), for a two-year term, effective June 1, 2015, through May 31, 2017. Note that this is not an interim position, and it is consistent with the overwhelming support that was communicated to us.

Over the last year during his service as interim director, Phil has worked to continue to move the SDC toward more integration. He has done this in a collaborative, transparent, and open manner. Under his leadership, the SDC has initiated new strategic plans for the School as well as all … » More …

Fundraising Efforts Focus on SDC Virtual Laboratory


If you have questions regarding a gift for the SDC please contact:

Devon Anderson Senior Director of Development Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

VCEA Development Team

Ben McLuen Director of Development College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

CAHNRS Development Team

The School of Design + Construction (SDC) is excited to focus this year on fundraising for the SDC Virtual Laboratory, which will transform Carpenter Hall Room 412.

The lab is intended to support the teaching and learning of emergent digital tools; distance collaboration through high-quality video conferencing; and the presentation of large-format digital media in a … » More …

Designing in the Real World





As featured MAY 21, 2015 in CAHNRS News Author: Scott Weybright; scott.weybright@wsu.edu Source Contact: Matthew Melcher; melcher@wsu.edu; (509) 335-1737

College classes often have a tough time modeling everyday work situations. No matter how detailed, students still know only instructors or their peers will see their work. That wasn’t the case this semester for two Interior Design (ID) classes in the School of Design and Construction. Both classes featured semester-long projects that involved mentors from internationally known firms headquartered in Seattle and real-world presentations at … » More …

Professor Leads Team to Determine State’s Iconic Architecture

Harpole 6

raineer tower 2

Hanford site 1

By Ethan Nash, Voiland College of Engineering, & Architecture intern

As featured in WSU News, May 28, 2015

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Hanford nuclear site, Seattle’s Bullitt Center and the historic center of the Washington State University Pullman campus are among the most significant and representative architectural sites in Washington, according to WSU researchers.

The team led by Phil Gruen, Director of WSU’s School of Design and Construction, is part of the Society of Architectural Historians … » More …

Construction Management and Architecture Programs Collaborate on Senior Capstone Projects

CM Capstone

Thanks to all of you who joined us in April for the Construction Management + Architecture Senior Capstone Event and reception at Bell Harbor Convention Center! We had attendees from across all sectors of CM and Architecture join us – thank you for making the night a success! It was great to see new grads, as well as the return of those who have supported us for years.

Both student teams presented well and the judges had a tough time deciding on the top team. The team from Elite Construction + Emerald City Design were the ultimate winners of the competition. The students from that … » More …