Daquan Proctor awarded WRNS Scholarship

Daquan Proctor head shot with building image from WNRS flyer

The UW Department of Architecture is pleased to announce that Master of Architecture student, Daquan Proctor, was awarded the WRNS Studio Foundation Scholarship in January 2022.

The WRNS Studio Foundation scholarship and advisory program seeks to cultivate a thriving higher education scholarship program that will encourage more Black students to pursue careers in Architecture, by providing multi-year educational financial support and enhanced access to enduring professional relationships. Recipients will be assigned an advisor from WRNS Studio for the duration of the awarded scholarship term to help establish contacts and build relationships within the field.

Congratulations, Daquan!

Prof. Simonen hosts meeting with Gov. Inslee

Gov. Inslee meets with Kate Simonen and others in Gould Hall

Architecture Chair and Professor Kate Simonen was asked by Governor Inslee to host a substantive discussion as he continues to develop policies and charge working groups to achieve better carbon futures. In Gould Hall on December 6, Governor Jay Inslee met with approximately twenty building professionals, think tank leaders, and researchers. Professor Simonen framed the discussion on how we can achieve lower carbon in construction, including with building materials from lower emissions manufacturing.  The Governor also toured the campus with President Cauce. Following the meeting, he expressed that he is “thankful for this group of collaborative and intelligent minds to continue the fight against climate change.”

Prof. Simonen is the director of the Carbon Leadership Forum, whose goal is to eliminate embodied carbon in buildings and infrastructure by inspiring innovation and spurring change through collective action.

“There’s a tremendous economic opportunity for Washington to be a leader in supplying lowcarbon materials,” noted one of the stakeholders in attendance. “It’d be great to bring in workers and manufacturers that can put a face on and speak to that opportunity.”

“It was great to be sitting next to the Governor and in the room with [Rep.] Davina Duerr discussing embodied carbon policy options for Washington State,” said Simonen. “We had a productive discussion about both demand and supply side strategies.”  Following the meeting, Inslee expressed that he is “thankful for this group of collaborative and intelligent minds to continue the fight against climate change.”

Photos: Mark Stone / University of Washington

Taiwan’s “Mother of Libraries”

We are saddened to share the news that Wang Chiu-hwa, one of Taiwan’s most prominent female architects, passed away on June 14 at the age of 96. Wang came to the University of Washington from China in 1946 and graduated with her BA in 1947.

Wang Chiu-Hwa student ID from UW

At that time, the UW did not yet offer a postgraduate degree in Architecture, so after graduating, Wang went on to earn her M.Arch at Columbia University.  She then practiced in the US until 1979, with projects completed in New York, Cleveland, and Detroit.  She came to Taiwan in 1979 and continued a successful career in practice and teaching at Tamkang University. She was often called the “Mother of Libraries” in Taiwan, for her work in modernizing the library design in Taiwan since that time.  Stemming from her love of learning and education, Wang earned this nickname not only for the many libraries she has designed but also for pioneering the earliest modern, open-stack university library in Taiwan.

Wang Chiu-Hwa, Chang Ching Yu Memorial Library (1983–1985), Chung Yuan Christian University, Chung-li (Zhongli), Taiwan, [circa 1983–circa 1985], chromogenic colour print. M+, Hong Kong. Gift of Wang Chiu-hwa, 2017. © Wang Chiu-hwa

Wang has described architecture as “an indispensable part of a complex built environment, full of human emotions and social significance, transcending form and function, beauty and practicality.” She has also said that “as a designer, you must concern yourself first and foremost with the well-being of the majority, not just the interests of a few wealthy people.” (See Taiwan Ministry of Culture, The Mother of Taiwanese Libraries, Wang Chiu-hwa.)

A public school designed by Wang and Goodman in New York. Architects: Wang Chiu-hwa, Percival Goodman, Project file, Public School 345 (1966–1967), Brooklyn, New York, USA, [1966–1967], mimeograph copy on paper; ink on paper, typewriter ink on paper; printout on paper; gelatin silver print, chromogenic colour print. M+, Hong Kong. Gift of Wang Chiu-hwa, 2017. © Wang Chiu-hwa

In 2020, President Tsai Ing-Wen presented her with the Taiwan National Award for the Arts, which is the highest honor for the profession in that country.

Much of Wang’s archive now resides with M+, a new museum of contemporary visual culture based in Hong Kong.  This acquisition marked the beginning of M+’s efforts to uncover the histories of women architects, whose work often lacks documentation and research. Wang was a key honorary founder of Women in Architecture Taiwan. It was one of her wishes to encourage women architects to do great work in the field.

You can learn more about Wang’s remarkable career and contributions to architecture here:

We are honored to count her among the many distinguished alumni of the UW Department of Architecture.


Remembering Daniel Streissguth

With great sadness, we share the news that UW Professor Emeritus Daniel M. Streissguth passed away on Saturday, November 20, at the age of 96.

Prof. Streissguth made significant contributions not only to the University of Washington Architecture department but to our greater region as well. Starting as a student and rising to a professor and designer, Dan’s enthusiasm and passion never wavered. He was as committed to his craft as he was to his students. Dan’s kindness and friendship knew no bounds; he was an integral part of the CBE community. As Dan led the design for our own Gould Hall we are grateful to always have a permanent reminder of his impact and legacy. He will be dearly missed.
A tribute to Dan’s life can be found on this page:

2020 AIA Honor Awards

The AIA Seattle Honor Awards for Washington Architecture is a nationally-recognized program that provides an important opportunity for the design community to share and celebrate its achievements, both among practitioners and with the community-at-large. The 70th Annual Honor Awards for Washington Architecture was held last week, and gave us all plenty to celebrate.  Their first-ever virtual live event revealed and celebrated 20 award winners and the greater design community.   Among the awardees were a sizable number of UW Architecture alumni, faculty, and PAC members.   We are pleased and proud that this community maintains such strong ties with our department and its students.

A partial list of the UW community’s awardees can be found below, and the complete awards catalog is now available online at this link.   (If you were among the awardees and we missed your name, give us a shout.)

Congratulations to all who were recognized for their stellar design work in our region!

Honor Awards Committee

Cody Lodi
Hilary Schnack
MacKenzie Cotters
Kailin Gregga
Siyu Qu

Award of Honor

Burke Museum of History & Culture

Olson Kundig: Tom Kundig, Julia Khorsand, Oliver Landa

Wagner Education Center, Center for Wooden Boats

Olson Kundig: Tom Kundig, Alan Maskin

Energy in Design Award

Keneda Building

Miller Hull: Ron Rochon. Brian Court, Matt Kikosocki, Steve Doub

Award of Merit

Blakely Elementary School

Mithun: Brendan Connolly

New Orleans Children’s Museum

Josh Distler, Susan Olmsted

Byrd Barr Place

SHKS:   The Byrd Barr Place project has involved a team including David Strauss (UW Affiliate Associate Professor), Andreas Baatz (UW grad), Alan Corrao, Theresa Freeman, Adam Hutschreider, and Pia Westen.

Honorable Mention

Ainsworth + Dunn

Weinstein AU: Ed Weinstein, Kirsten Wild, Emily Aune

Olympic High School

SKL: Rick Sundberg, Jeremy Imhoff

Seattle Asian Art Museum

LMN: Sam Miller, Lauren Patnoe

Seattle Light Denny Substation

NBBJ: CJ Brockway, John Savo

Kenmore Hangar

Graham Baba: Maureen O’Leary

M.Arch ’13 Mariam Kamara in NYTimes

T Presents: 15 Creative Women For Our Time. The New York Time Style Magazine. Photo by Nicholas Calcott.
In its August 10 issue, the New York Times Style Magazine presented a special feature, 15 CREATIVE WOMEN FOR OUR TIME. “Whether in the realm of art or design, food or fashion, these talents have stayed true to themselves and, in doing so, have pushed the boundaries of their respective fields.”


One of our 2013 alumni, Mariam Kamara, was one of the women recognized. “Since completing her Master of Architecture at the University of Washington (and a thesis project on gender and public space) in 2013, Kamara has built her practice on layers of narrative. Her buildings read as missives from the people who inhabit them: about their history, the ways they move through space, and their needs and aspirations, all gleaned through careful observation and conversation. Constructing clear geometric forms almost entirely from three locally produced materials — cement, recycled metal and unfired earth — Kamara shapes space from the inside out, using environmental and cultural cues to generate her designs.”


In 2017, Mariam was recognized in the GOLD category of the Department of Architecture’s inaugural Alumni Awards.  We were honored to have her return to campus as a speaker in our Spring 2019 Lecture Series.  Her lecture, titled “Decoding Context: Material, Sustainability and People-Focus Architecture,” can be viewed online here.


We are thrilled to see one of our graduates receive this widespread recognition. Congratulations, Mariam!


Seattle Street Sink Prototype

Handwashing is a proven strategy for reducing transmission of the Coronavirus. However, not everyone has access to handwashing facilities, especially when cafes and restaurants are closed due to the pandemic. This is especially true for those experiencing homelessness.

Seattle has responded by opening rest rooms in city parks and other locations and by contracting with private vendors to provide mobile handwashing stations across the city. However, these stations are subject to vandalism and are very expensive to maintain because they are closed loop systems. In other words, the water supply and the waste water need to be constantly replaced and removed respectively as the stations are not connected to either a water supply or drainage outlet.

In April, Elizabeth Golden was contacted by Tiffani McCoy of Real Change, a support organization for those experiencing homelessness, who was soliciting ideas that would both expand the number and reduce the cost of handwashing stations throughout the city. Elizabeth enlisted the help of Rick Mohler and Jeff Hou (Landscape Architecture) to develop a handwashing station that would be connected to an existing water supply thus eliminating the need for constant refilling. Brice Maryman (UW MLA ’03), a Principal with MIG, was recruited to help solve the problem of managing the greywater from the sink.

The team devised a design comprised of off-the-shelf components that would connect to a hose bib on public or private property and manage the grey water onsite. The design consists of a stock utility sink with an auto shut-off faucet (so that the water cannot be left on) and soap dispenser that drains into a standard livestock watering trough filled with soil and water loving plants – a combination handwashing station and rain garden.

With an approved design and cost estimate in hand, Tiffani sought a host for the prototype design. She found one in the ROOTS young adult shelter in the U District and its Executive Director Jerred Clouse. The team then got to work specifying, procuring and assembling components, specifying and procuring plants and soil and developing instructions and informational graphics for the installation. The prototype was installed in the alley outside ROOTS between NE 42nd and 43rd Streets on May 19. The installation will be monitored, refined and replicated at sites throughout the city and beyond.

December 2020: Elizabeth Golden shared the news that the Seattle Street Sink was awarded $100,000 in funding by the Seattle City Council’s amendment to the Mayor’s 2021 budget. This will fund the installation and maintenance of over 60 sinks to be distributed citywide. It will also fund a student to conduct a citywide analysis to determine areas of greatest need.   Congratulations to the team!

October 2020: The Seattle Stranger covered the story about the new Street Sinks popping up around town:   https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2020/10/16/47549576/that-sink-in-the-ally-is-supposed-to-be-there