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SDC Newsletter – Winter 2017

Carpenter Winter



Dear friends,

We are thrilled to share our winter 2017 e-newsletter with you and let you know about some of the exciting work happening in the School of Design and Construction (SDC).

The school is now in its fifth year as an integrated, collaborative unit with construction management, landscape architecture, interior design, and architecture, and it is rapidly gaining a reputation as a model for integrated education in the twenty-first century. We are beginning to see regular, excellent results from this collaboration – from our integrated first-year “SDC” courses to our senior capstones, student competitions, and study tours. Our students are … » More …

Intercultural Architecture: Students immerse in visual culture of Barcelona




CIEE Architecture + Design, FALL 2016, NEWSLETTER II

More than halfway through the semester, CIEE Architecture and Design students are fully used to Barcelona, and they are also becoming fully acclimated to the specifics of architecture and design in the city.

Very appropriately, a few days ago local architect Genís Bargués gave a guest lecture for the program’s core class (The city in the visual culture), and he spoke about how having lived abroad had helped him become a better architect. Genís explained the challenges of practicing architecture out of one’s comfort zone, which he had experienced during the four … » More …

WSU Foundation News features “Sheltering the Homeless” project


Students in the Spring 2016 Advanced Tectonics (ARCH 531) course taught by Omar Al-Hassawi were challenged to address an issue with complex roots. Their assignment: develop innovative architectural solutions for temporarily sheltering the homeless.

Read full story here.


During the month of September, the built structures and design illustrations were displayed in “Shelter Solutions for the Unsheltered: Responses to the Growing Homelessness Crisis in the U.S. Northwest” at the SDC Gallery in Carpenter Hall. Photos of the projects and additional details about the assignment can be found here.

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Dec. 9: Students to show designs for Coeur d’Alene Tribe site


As featured in WSU News, December 6, 2016

PLUMMER, Idaho – Landscape architecture designs highlighting the heritage and future of the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe will be presented to the public 2-4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at the tribe’s Wellness Center, Conference Room B, by students from Washington State University.

Eighteen School of Design and Construction students worked this semester on improvements to the tribe’s tribute site, a sculpture park at the confluence of the Spokane River and Lake Coeur d’Alene – a historic tribal gathering place. Six student teams will show their designs to representatives from the tribe, North Idaho College, the … » More …

Alumni provide leadership for AIA Washington, Oregon



The American Institute of Architects (AIA)-Oregon has voted to name Seth Anderson, AIA, as the council’s president-elect for 2017. Anderson (class of ’02), who is principal architect at Ascent Architecture & Interiors in Bend, Oregon, will subsequently step into the role of AIA-Oregon president in 2018. AIA-Oregon’s mission is to “create the environment for the improvement of the practice of architecture, to promote the value of high quality design of the built environment to the people of Oregon, and to lead the efforts of the profession to define the practice of … » More …

Students Present Sculpture Park Ideas to Coeur d’Alene Tribe members and officials from North Idaho College and the City of Coeur d’Alene


On November 16, 2016, Eighteen (18) second year Landscape Architecture students, led by faculty member Steve Austin, presented ideas for an emerging Coeur d’Alene Tribe Tribute Park. The class is working for the Tribe to develop plans for a sculpture park to honor Chief Morris Antelope as well as the Tribe’s history and future.

During this service-learning studio, the students are also working closely with the city of Coeur d’Alene and North Idaho College, as the site will be a city park and will have a strong connection to the College’s campus. This project both aligns with and advances WSU Landscape Architecture’s core mission of … » More …

Main Street, USA


As featured in WSU Magazine, Winter 2016

Standing on the beach at Smokiam Park, I dip my hand in the lake. The water is soft, slippery, almost squishy feeling. It’s full of sodium carbonate—washing soda. It’s a tiny lake, and on its southern beach is Soap Lake, a town experiencing a little renaissance.

Locals credit Washington State University’s Rural Communities Design Initiative for assisting their town of 1,500 in the eastern Washington scablands with improvement efforts. Soap Lake declined from fame and modest prosperity to a near ghost town but has recently rediscovered its pulse.

“Smokiam” is a Tsincayuse word that … » More …