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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….


September 18, 2018

Steel Competition Success

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) have selected the recipients of the 2018 Steel Design Student Competition. The competition recognizes sixteen exceptional projects, in two categories, that explore a variety of issues related to the use of steel in design and construction.  We are pleased…


September 6, 2018

Summer Design/Build Studio 2018

Food and the ability to prepare it are fundamental components of life. Places of food preparation–whether a home kitchen or a fire pit–serve not only their most explicit functions but also act as cultural gathering spaces for families and communities. Food preparation poses particularly unique challenges in Seattle’s homeless communities for individuals, families and larger…


September 5, 2018

Staff field trip 2018

Each summer, the Department of Architecture staff, Fab Lab staff, and Department Chair take a field trip to a local destination with a connection to the world of architecture and design.  On a sunny day in August the group visited the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) on Seattle’s Lake Union. Our tour was led by…


August 23, 2018

Brian Johnson Advocates for BIM as a Foundational Architectural Design Tool

Click to Play Video In a recent episode of By Design, a short film and interview series produced by GRAPHISOFT, Associate Professor Emeritus of Architecture Brian Johnson describes the importance of integrative design technologies and processes, like BIM, in architecture education. As described by GRAPHISOFT, “In Prof. Johnson’s view, the rise of 3D and virtual solutions are…


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…



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