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July 19, 2018

Sculpture on a Grand Scale

John V. “Jack” Christiansen (1927-2017) was a prolific, American designer of thin shell concrete structures. A recipient of the 2016 Eduardo Torroja Medal from the IASS, Christiansen built largely within the United States in the latter half of the 20th century – making him distinct among the global pantheon of concrete shell designers. Through the…


July 17, 2018

Build Positive: Carbon Smart Building Summit

On June 20, the Carbon Leadership Forum brought together over 70 professionals from across the building industry, sustainability-focused nonprofits, and government agencies in New York City for a Build Positive: Carbon Smart Building Summit. Hosted by Skanska USA at the Empire State Building, the three-hour educational session presented participants with a roadmap to transform buildings…


May 30, 2018

Tables Take the Lead at Chair Affair

Four Department of Architecture students were recently recognized by The Chair Affair, an annual furniture design competition hosted by the Interior Designers of Idaho. All of the projects were designed and built in the Furniture Studio under the tutelage of Kimo Griggs.


May 17, 2018

UW’s first Seattle Historic Landmark

Built 100 years ago by the Navy at the tail-end of WWI to house seaplanes, then acquired by the UW to be used as Washington Rowing’s boathouse, the ASUW Shellhouse served the UW until 1975, when it was threatened with demolition.  It was ultimately saved, becoming the first building on campus to be placed on the National…


May 9, 2018

Husky Green Award

UW Architecture alumnus Devin Kleiner (M. Arch 2004) has been recognized by the University of Washington for his excellence in teaching sustainable design in receiving the Husky Green Award this year. CBE Dean John Schaufelberger was also recognized with the Husky Green Legacy Award. Devin is a Project Architect at the Seattle offices of Perkins + Will, where he…


April 19, 2018

Susan Jones Advances Tall Timber

Over the course of her professional and academic career, Affiliate Associate Professor of Architecture Susan Jones has led the field in the adaptation of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) as a stunning and sustainable building material. In her recent publication, “Mass Timber: Design and Research,” Susan discusses the potential carbon reduction in replacing concrete structures with…


March 30, 2018

Building Blocks

Building Blocks: Storefront Studio on Mainstreet charts the grassroots evolution of a community outreach studio offered by the University of Washington College Built Environments.   Since 2003, Director Jim Nicholls has been leading groups of architecture, landscape, and planning students to partner with local small towns to study their main streets. The exhibit and book documents…


March 13, 2018

Democratized Data, Classic Research

In the Journal of Lighting, Research and Technology’s recent article, “Lighting Research and Technology: Past, Present and Future”,  Associate Professor of Architecture, Mehlika Inanici’s paper, Evaluation of High Dynamic Range Photography as a Luminance Data Acquisition System, received the praise of being named one of 25 Classic Papers published by the journal. The journal has…


February 16, 2018

1:1 Study

The 1:1 tectonic precedent study in Jim Nicholls’ Arch 570 Design Development is something legendary. The project tasked students with tectonically analyzing a joint detail from a grand built project by building a 1:1 scale model of the assembly. Former students’ eyes light up nostalgically if you ask them about the experience:  [it was] “awe-inspiring…


February 9, 2018

Alumna Mariam Kamara to Mentor under Sir David Adjaye

UW alumna Mariam Kamara (M.ARCH 2013) has been awarded the position of 2018-19 Rolex Arts Initiative Protégée! Selected by world renowned architect Sir David Adjaye, the two will work together as mentor and protégée for two years. This year, the award paired young talent with leaders in the fields of architecture, dance, literature, and music. …



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