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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 …

Architecture’s UX Problem: Research shows people don’t understand how to use high-performance buildings

UX problem

11.16.17: evidence (as featured in CO.DESIGN)

Julia K. Day remembers the moment she got interested in understanding how people use architecture. Day, who is now an assistant professor in Washington State University’s School of Design and Construction, was a design student studying a new high-performance building in Spokane, Washington. The building had an interface designed to let people know when it was environmentally ideal to open the windows rather than use the A/C. When the conditions was right, a green light would come on–supposedly letting people know they should open their windows.

Supposedly. No one she talked to even knew the system existed. “They thought it … » More …