• Undergraduate Research Showcase to Feature SDC Students

    Monday, March 27, from 3:30- 5 p.m in the CUB Senior Ballroom
  • Spring study tour visits Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan

    March 9-18, 2017
  • Spring Sketching Workshop with James Richards

    March 31 to April 2, 2017
  • LEED prep course scheduled for spring 2017

    April 1-2, 2017

Students learn modular construction process used in new campus hotel


September 9, 2016.

Construction Management and Hospitality and Business Management students toured Guerdon Enterprises to learn about the modular construction process.  The tour allowed students to see the construction progression associated with the modular hotel units that will be part of the new Marriott Courtyard hotel on the WSU campus.

Stonebridge Companies (founder & CEO) Navin Dimond – ’85) initiated the creation of an industry sponsored, interdisciplinary course between Construction Management and Hospitality Business Management.  Through this course the students will research and test the hypothesis that modular construction is a viable process for future hotel construction.  The students will explore aspects of this project ranging … » More …

Public invited to help plan for sea level rise


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Professor Hope Rising’s Advanced Landscape Architecture Studio facilitated inter-generational planning for adapting two Seattle neighborhoods to the impacts of sea level rise and climate change. Six senior landscape architecture students presented best practices and engaged high school students and experts in design games to generate climate adaptation solutions.

Learn more about Rising’s work at http://sdc.wsu.edu/landscape-architecture/faculty/.

Contact: Hope Hui Rising, WSU School of Design and Construction, 503-962-0220, hope.rising@wsu.edu 

Symposium features partnership between students, practitioners


The Summer Studio Symposium was held on Friday, September 16 and addressed the diverse issues explored during our Summer Immersion Studios in Architectural Design, Summer 2016.

Presentations by the instructors for each studio were followed by discussion and a gallery opening of student work:

GGLO Design, Seattle, WA “Defining an Urban Future: Housing, Equity, and Sustainability in Seattle’s University District.” Alicia Uhlig Daniels and David Cutler

NAC Architecture, Spokane, WA “The University Collegium: Designing a Student Union of the 21st Century.” Dana Harbaugh, Jeff Hyslop, and Lauren Scranton

Ayad Rahmani, Seattle, WA (Perkins + Will studio location), Associate Professor of Architecture “The Seattle Center Reconsidered.” Read more about the undergraduate studio … » More …

Callison Distinguished Guest Lecture Timothy Davis: September 28


The SDC Distinguished Guest Lecture Series presents Dr. Timothy Davis: “National Park Roads: Landscape Design, Engineering, and the American Experience.”

Timothy Davis, Ph.D., is a historian with the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. His book National Park Roads: A Legacy in the American Landscape was published in 2016 by the University of Virginia Press.  Davis has written and lectured widely on roads, parks, and parkways, and much of his expertise comes from first-hand encounter.  His research penetrates deeply into the age-old question of human intervention into America’s treasured, yet troubled landscapes.

The lecture will take place Wednesday, September 28 at 5pm in Cleveland Hall 30E.

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RCDI Community Workshop: Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe Village Expansion


Photo (left to right): Chucky Vallejo, architecture; Tyler Reid, Collin Schweikl, Philip VanDevanter, landscape architecture; Taylor Lynch, architecture. In front of White Horse Mountain.


The Rural Communities Design Initiative (RCDI) is a program that provides community based outreach learning to students in the SDC. Each year faculty leading the RCDI select from a series of community based projects to provide design and planning ideas to city leaders and citizens. This program expands the land grant mission of WSU. Students who participate in this program gain experience working with communities and government leaders in understanding the unique … » More …

Landscape architecture students study Farmers Market layout


The Farmers Market is a popular Moscow, Idaho tradition that was established in 1977. The Saturday morning event celebrates local farmers, artists, craftspeople and musicians by providing them with an opportunity to interact directly with the community and its visitors. Highlights include fresh produce, meat, delicious homemade baked goods, healthy nursery plants, beautiful flowers and quality handmade crafts.

Six students from the SDC landscape architecture program recently visited the market for a layout study including making observations and developing questionnaires. At the end of the five week study students will make a presentation to the board on their findings and suggested improvements.

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Callison Distinguished Guest Lecture Liu Yang September 9

Liu Yang

The SDC Distinguished Guest Lecture Series presents Dr. Liu Yang ” Green and Low-Energy Building in Western China.”

Liu Yang, Ph.D., is a visiting scholar of the University of California, Berkeley, and Professor at the Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology. She is Director of the Research Institute of Building Science, the XAUAT’s research and education unit for green building design. Professor Yang will share her recent scholarship that explores the fascinating challenges of sustainable building practices in rural China.

The lecture will take place Friday, September 9 at 5-6pm in Goertzen Hall Room 21.

The SDC Distinguished Guest Lecture Series is proudly sustained by … » More …

Miyasaka and Drake combine efforts for “Camera Perturba” at Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial: Metalmorphosis





David Drake and Taiji Miyasaka have collaborated once again to install a new piece, Camera Perturba, for the Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial: Metalmorphosis. This piece is located in the Court of Light on the third floor of the museum, where their previous installation, Night Blooming, was. Camera Perturba is scheduled to be displayed until February 5, 2017.

Below is a description of the project:

Abandoned steel tank, steel tube, water, lens, neoprene, paint, beeswax. Metal is extracted from the earth and transformed into vessels … » More …

We. Are. SDC: See the story behind the school

Monster SDC Photo (Aug 2016)

Shot largely over the spring 2016 semester on his iPhone, the video linked below was created by SDC alumnus Kyle Redzinak (M.Arch ’16), to give prospective students and visitors an inside look at the School of Design and Construction.

Click on the photo below to begin viewing!


The video has been well received by those with ties to the SDC, including recent alumni, current students, industry professionals, and those involved with the colleges’ marketing and recruitment efforts.

Jason Clapp, M.Arch class of 2004, in response to seeing the video on the school’s Facebook page» More …

Gallery series begins with look at “Shelter Solutions for the Unsheltered”





Our 2016-2017 Gallery Show Series, in our newly redesigned gallery, kicks off with:

“Shelter Solutions for the Unsheltered: Responses to the Growing Homelessness Crisis in the U.S. Northwest.” 

Homelessness is an ever-growing global crisis that has social, economic and environmental impacts on society. Students in the Spring 2016 Advanced Tectonics course researched and deveoped solutions for this issue with focus on homeless populations in Washington. The SDC Gallery is proud to showcase their outstanding … » More …