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

  • Interior Design alumni earn NCIDQ Certification

  • Ryan Smith named director of School of Design and Construction

  • Landscape architecture student selected for Massie Family Endowed Fellowship

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 …

Scott Cassels Elected to National Academy of Construction

Cassels class of 2017

Washington, D.C. ― The National Academy of Construction (NAC) has elected Scott L. Cassels, Executive Vice President of Kiewit Corporation, as a member of its 2017 class. He was inducted October 26 at the NAC Annual Meeting, which was held at the Fairmont Georgetown. The 2017 class includes 28 new inductees. More than 300 leaders were considered for NAC’s rigorous nomination and election process.

During the formal induction, the Academy cited Cassels as an outstanding leader with exceptional skills in collaboration, workforce development, teambuilding, and use of creative solutions in dispute resolution.

“The new members of the National Academy of Construction, like those before them, … » More …

DBIA Team Places First in National Student Competition

First place team Fall 2017 v.2

Washington State University Wins 2017 Student Competition

(click on link above to be directed to DBIA blog)

WSU News, November 17, 2017: By Mary Catherine Frantz, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

First place team Fall 2017 v.2

Tucker Jones, Construction Management David Chun, Construction Management Frederick Stidhams, Architecture Kelli Young, Interior Design Collin Schweikl, Landscape Architecture

Dr. David Gunderson, Faculty Coach (Construction Management faculty)

The Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) 2017 student competition closely mirrors best practices in design-build project delivery. The two-phase competition involves the collaboration of … » More …

Moving beyond design-build


Moving beyond design-build

While heavy reliance on subcontracting has been the de facto business model for many general contractors in recent decades, self-perform construction shops are nothing new. In the 1960s and 70s, in-house building teams were the norm, said David Gunderson, a 30-year industry veteran who now teaches at Washington State University’s School of Design and Construction.

More recently, rising building costs in hot construction markets like the Bay Area have fueled the pursuit of maximum efficiency in hopes of boosting profit margins. San Francisco’s average construction costs ballooned 4.2 percent last year alone. They are estimated to grow by as much … » More …

Landscape Architecture recognition and outreach


In November, the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program will be one of 16 university programs or departments recognized by the Provost for “for useful and sustained assessment that supports quality undergraduate education at WSU.” The program remains committed to meaningful outreach, experiential learning, and alumni connection opportunities such as the recent activities described below.

Over the weekend of October 28-29, 2017 four students participated in the Latah-Hangman Creek charrette in Spokane. The purpose of the charrette was to create a concept plan for the Latah-Hangman Creek corridor. It would include a nature path, history, culture, flora and fauna. The area connects seven Spokane neighborhoods, the past and … » More …

Seeking Applications for Director

Monster SDC Photo (Aug 2016)

The School of Design and Construction (SDC), Washington State University, is seeking applications for Director. The director is principally responsible for conveying and communicating the mission, vision, and values of the SDC and providing strategic leadership and outreach.

As the face of the SDC, the director assumes a high-profile role to publicly represent the School and its interests in every capacity. S/he must be committed to the diversity and breadth of the SDC while upholding the mission of a land-grant university.

SDC Director Search Position Announcement (posted 10-30-2017, PDF).

Position Posting and Application Instructions (Human Resource Services)

Applications will be … » More …

Shape Your Shelter: Exhibit open now through November 17


We are pleased to announce the opening of “Shape Your Shelter” exhibition on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 in the SDC Gallery (Carpenter Hall ground floor) at 4:30 PM. In this exhibition you can find the full scale shelter and 14 proposals for the homeless shelter designed by students as part of assistant professor Mona Ghandi’s third year architecture studio (spring 2017). Three of these designs were awarded as first, second, and third place in the AIA Spokane Student Award show in April 2017.

There are approximately 1,185 homeless people living in Spokane and about 170 homeless families, most of which are suffering from the extreme consequences of … » More …

Constructing A Legacy

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Jason Peschel, Richard L. Silliman Distinguished Professor of Estimating, is Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture’s 2017 Reid Miller Excellence in Teaching Award recipient.

Jason Silliman Award   Jason Peschel

With more than 25 years of combined construction and teaching experience, Peschel directs Washington State University’s in-demand Construction Management program, where four out of five students often receive job offers from industry prior to graduation.

The college caught up with Peschel to ask him about the Construction Management program, and about what makes it so special.

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