Architecture

  • AIA Henry Adams Medal: Jacob Monroe
  • Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medal: Jessica Ishizaka
  • Book Awards: Feiran Zou, Luming Xiao, Ezekiel Nelson, Coleman Coddington, Gabriel Hernandez
  • Omar Al-Hassawi and David Drake – $10k seed grant. Design and Fabrication of an Affordable Test Chamber for Investigation of Passive Cooling Strategies using Reduced-Scale Physical Models
  • Senior Capstone – 15 integrated teams (w/CM). Included presentations with 12 industry judges from CM & Architecture.
  • Mona Ghandi publication. “Reducing Energy Consumption by Cyber-Physical Adaptive Spaces and Occupants’ Biosignals”. Accepted to be published in the paper proceedings of the 25th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia conference (CAADRIA) 2020, Bangkok, Thailand, April.2020.
  • Mona Ghandi Publication. “Inflatotecture: inflatable architecture as a sustainable means of improving community well-being and child care.” published in the paper proceeding of S.ARCH 2020 conference, Tokyo, Japan, April 2020.
  • Mona Ghandi Exhibition. Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History, “States of Flux” All Women Exhibition, Lewiston, ID
  • Phil Gruen book in progress – Constructing WSU: The Built Environment of Washington’s Land-Grant University (working title), provisional contract signed by WSU Press on February 25, 2020.
  • Phil Gruen Grant Funded Project – Principal Investigator (PI) / Center for Arts and Humanities Fellowship. Washington State University, ORSO #138683, 2020 / Amount Awarded: $9,576. For: Constructing WSU: The Built Environment of Washington’s Land-Grant University. Awarded March 31, 2020
  • Phil Gruen Grant Funded Project – Co-Investigator (Co-I) / National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH). Humanities Connections Planning Grant, 2020 / Amount Awarded: $69,309. For: Palouse Matters (proposed UCORE sequence at Washington State University). Awarded April 1, 2020
  • WOOD + studio collaboration with University of Idaho, Idaho Forest Product Commission and Katerra.
  • Omar Al-Hassawi was recognized as the tenure line teacher of the year for the SDC in the VCEA convocation.
  • Paul Hirzel has recently been invited to show his practice work as part of a traveling exhibition (The Radical House Project) sponsored by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The Exhibition will start July 2020 in Rio, then to Athens, Greece and finally Chicago in 2021 (at the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design). The work will also be featured in an associated exhibition book: Radical House: Redefining Domestic Architecture for the 21st Century, published by the Metropolitan Arts Press.
  • Minyoung Cerruti is engaged in a research project sponsored by WSU Granger Cobb Senior Living Institute and Brondell, Inc. The project is scheduled to take place between June 2020-May 2021, and is supported in the amount of $10,000. This research project is in collaboration with Dr. Van Son in Nursing Program at WSU focuses on the feasibility and acceptability of bidet use by seniors in assisted living and memory care facilities.
  • Marti Cowan will be part of an upcoming exhibition Celebrating Yale School of Architecture Women Alums. For the first time, the Yale School of Architecture Gallery will show the work and history of women graduate school alums in an exhibition entitled Room(s). Opening in September 2020, the exhibit will showcase graduates from the Yale School of Architecture, in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of Yale School of Art, and the 150th and 50th anniversaries of coeducation at Yale University and Yale College.

Construction Management

  • ASC Student Competition – 3rd place finish by VDC team and 3rd place finish by Commercial team. Both teams included 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year CM students.
  • Northwest Construction Consumer Council (NWCCC) Competition – 1st place finish by Commercial team.
  • Senior Capstone – 15 integrated teams (w/Architecture) presentations on Zoom with 12 industry judges from CM & Architecture.
  • Scholarships – awarded over $85,000 to 36 different students and two new scholarships were created this year including one via Sellen Construction.
  • Internships – despite the COVID-19 issues, about 90% of the underclassmen have internships for the summer.
  • Full-time Employment – 96% of the graduating seniors have secured employment.
  • Grants Tommy Tafazzoli and Kishor Shrestha secured two separate grants from PacTrans and Julia Day secured grants from McKinstry and a WSU Teaching & Learning grant.

Interior Design

  • Virtual Senior Capstone Project review with professionals including 12 designers from Mithun (40 projects presented)
  • Virtual Senior Portfolio Review with 46 professionals (each student received two 30 minute reviews)
  • Junior studio collaboration with Gensler included both travel to Seattle (start of term) and virtual final reviews.
  • Vahid Vahdat and Judy Theodorson have multiple abstracts accepted for two conferences: Ambiances Congress and Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture.
  • Bob Krikac: received Commercialization Gap Fund award to develop “Splatt” table
  • Alana Pulay Book Chapter: “The Correlation between Public School Classroom Interior Lighting and Teacher Productivity” (in Dana Vaux & David Wang (Eds.), Interiority: A Research Methods Primer for Interior Design. Wiley.
  • Vahid Vahdat and Minyoung Cerruti: $10k seed grant. Blood in Need: The Impact of Interior Environmental Qualities on Young Blood Donors Health and Motivation
  • Judy Theodorson and Alana Pulay: submitted for Steelcase Active Learning Center grant.

Landscape Architecture

  • Sophomores worked with the Pullman Community Action Center to develop designs for a low income, mixed-use community project on a 4+ acre new construction site. Students explored cottage housing and pocket neighborhood design ideals for increased civic engagement. Projects were presented to PCAC via Zoom.
  • Juniors worked on a master plan for the “Gateway District” between WSU and Downtown Pullman. Their plans included recommendations for land use, new building locations, transportation options, and landscape restoration strategies, with overarching goals of building resilience in the climate crisis.
  • Juniors completed the construction drawings and preliminary cost estimates for Kelly Ward Memorial Pathway.
  • Seniors worked with the City of Port Angeles to generate designs and planning documents that support the region’s future needs. Students’ projects pertain to the interrelated issues of resilience, restoration, displacement, and adaptation, and broadly consider the Dungeness-Elwha Watershed. Projects were presented to the city via Zoom.
  • Spring break internships (6 happened)
  • Senior Portfolio Review on Zoom with industry (9 practitioners)
  • Capstone Presentations on Zoom with industry (3 Practitioners)
  • Palouse Matters” funded by National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Book contract for Michael Sanchez and Carrie Vielle: Foundations for Designers of the Built Environment: Freehand Drawing for a Digital Age and it will be published with Cognella Academic Publishing of San Diego.
  • Jolie Kaytes Promotion to Full Professor (effective August 16, 2020)