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February 13, 2019

Building a Better Block

In a graduate materials and construction course taught by Senior Lecturer Jim Nicholls, students are challenged to rethink the relationship between the study of tectonics and the object itself. In a recent exercise, students have been exploring the potential of the concrete masonry unit (CMU). What are the potential applications of a cast object within…

January 24, 2019

Architecture for Outer Space

UW Alumni Designs Lab for Space Research The University of Washington Department of Architecture has a long list of notable alumni working on exciting projects that push the limits of the built environment. UW alumni  Masayuki Sono, founding partner of Clouds Architecture Office in New York City, continues this tradition by designing architecture for outer…

December 7, 2018

Open faculty position

Open Position: Assistant Professor of Digital Technologies and Computational Design   The Department of Architecture at the University of Washington invites nominations and applications for a full-time, tenure track position as an Assistant Professor of Digital Technologies and Computational Design, with an anticipated start date of Fall 2019. Tenure track faculty have an annual service period of…

December 4, 2018


Collaborative Student-Built Bench Project  Contributed by Jim Nicholls My dream bench’s handles are like mood rings and the rest of the bench is filled with encouraging words that would make anyone smile. -Eva Gugsa, Grade 11   In the spring of 2018 Yesler Community Center, Frye At Museum, Olson Kundig Architects and UW Department of Architecture…

November 27, 2018

Queens of Technology

Getting to Know The MS Design Computing Cohort The Department of Architecture’s Master of Science in Design Computing is an innovative degree focused on emerging technologies and programing related to simulation, analysis, fabrication and new approaches in design thinking. This degree and other degrees like it are critical to the progress of the field of…

November 8, 2018

Alumni Awards 2019

“The idea to hold an Alumni Awards event emerged in the aftermath of the highly successful centennial celebrations of the University of Washington Department of Architecture, held during the 2014-15 academic year. In reflecting on the storied past of this program, we became increasingly aware of the substantial body of accomplishments of our graduates –…

October 30, 2018

Building Reuse with Kathryn Rogers Merlino

In a recent video interview with UW News, Associate Professor of Architecture and Director of the Center for Preservation and Adaptive Reuse, Kathryn Rogers Merlino describes a critical opportunity for architects in adaptive reuse design projects. Earlier this year, Merlino’s most recent book was released, “Building Reuse: Sustainability, Preservation, and the Value of Design”. The…

October 25, 2018

Shared Structure: A Bench & Interactive Canopy

An Installation at the 2018 Seattle Design Festival The 2018 Seattle Design Festival Block Party (September 8-9, 2018 in Occidental Park) provided a wonderful opportunity to showcase design in the Pacific Northwest – including the design talents of our MArch students. In the Spring 2018, our structures course for first-year Masters of Architecture students developed…

October 16, 2018

Kelly Daviduke SAH Research Fellowship

Last year, MS History and Theory candidate Kelly Daviduke was granted a Charles E. Peterson Fellowship for summer research in support of her thesis. Kelly’s research started as an interest in Olof Hanson, believed to be America’s first deaf architect, who worked in the late nineteenth century. As her exploration of Hanson’s life grew, Kelly…

October 4, 2018

Scan|Design Copenhagen 2018

Every year, twelve graduate students apply to participate in the Scan|Design studio. The studio begins with a two week trip to Copenhagen, Denmark to study the city’s famous urban design strategies and iconic architectural style. The studio, lead by Associate Professor of Architecture, Peter Cohan,  is also co-taught by a Danish architect in the field….

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