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April 25, 2017

5 Months at Meiji

Allison Acosta, M.Arch ’17, is currently studying abroad at Meiji School of Science & Technology. Follow along on her blog as she embarks on this exciting five month long exchange program in Tokyo, studying architecture at Meiji SST.    The UW-Meiji Exchange is a college-wide exchange established in 2015 between the UW College of Built Environments…

December 7, 2016

Architecture in Rome 2016

Contributed by Halina Murphy Paestum We began our trip early Saturday morning at 6AM as we hopped on the bus to Paestum, an ancient Greek city that houses some of the best-preserved ruins in the world. Paestum is home to three main temples, the First Temple of Hera, the Second Temple of Hera, and the…

November 14, 2016

Architecture in Rome 2016

A little over a month of Architecture in Rome has elapsed now, and although there are always new places to explore in the Eternal City, I’m beginning to feel less like a tourist and more like a resident. I have rabbit-trails to untidy corners and unfrequented streets that tourists only pass through on the way…

August 11, 2015

Architecture Philippines: Collaboration Through Building with Bamboo

(Update [8/25/15]: now presenting… Phillippines Bamboo Workshop, the movie!  Click here to view!) There is a saying in the mountains of the Philippines – one is born with bamboo (built out of for a baby’s crib) and dies with bamboo (material for a coffin). This metaphor speaks highly to the intrinsic tie that bamboo has…

February 6, 2015


Every few years, professors Peter Cohan and Jennifer Dee lead a group of architecture students across the Nordic wilderness via bus, train, ferry, bicycle, and foot.  Even though winter is here, the Architecture in Scandinavia 2014 program (indexed on various social media as #cohandeenavia) is still very fresh in our minds.  Over about two months…

December 2, 2014

Strange Crops

Architects typically work to respect context.  Yes – culturally sensitive, site-specific interventions addressing constraints of the urban fabric and historical character of the neighborhood while maintaining a presence on the street can both navigate and transcend competing priorities in a subtle, yet powerful way.  But as a thought experiment, we’ve taken a few brief Scandinavian…