More than Just Old: ...

Written by Associate Professor Kimo Griggs It is a truism that my generation grew up in the car. Flying was exotic and expensive. Driving seemed almost free, and it is how we made all but the longest of trips. Sitting in the back seat, often wondering out loud when the trip would be over. We...

Building a Tectonic ...

Written by Marisol Foreman, 2015 M. Arch Candidate As architecture students, we spend an incredible amount of time on our craft, especially at our school. We do this willingly knowing that we will need to work just as hard in the real world, and (for a long while) on someone else’s designs....

Waters of Florence

Written by Assistant Professor, Ann C. Huppert Despite hosting 8 million visitors a year, one vital element – ready sources of public water – has long been lacking for tourists to Florence. The abundant public drinking fountains that famously punctuate the alleys and byways of Rome have...

1:1 Precedent Models...

Written by Alden MacKey and Andy Wolfang, M Arch Candidates (2015) As a case study, our team’s project was Peter Zumthor’s Steilneset Memorial honoring the victims of the Vardø witch trails, built in Norway in 2011.  We were specifically interested in this project on account of its...

Architecture and War

Written by Associate Professor Brian L. McLaren While in Rome this past fall, when I was not teaching or preparing for lectures, field trips or studio, I spent my time on my current research project, which examines the architecture of the late-Fascist period in Italy. My work in Rome was a...

Furniture Studio: Be...

Written by Ross Lambert, M Arch 2014 Candidate Winter Quarter means Furniture Studio at the UW for graduate students.  The first day of class began with a short lecture on the history and tradition of the studio by Professor Jeffrey Ochsner.  In 2012, Jeffrey published the book Furniture...

Intuition and Proces...

Written by M.Arch 3+ student Kurt Koegel ARCH 303 Introduction to Design Studio I: Intuition and Process “Architecture is an art because it is interested not only in the original need of shelter but also in putting together spaces and material in a meaningful manner.  This occurs through...

Prove It: Measuring ...

truth noun \ˈtrüth\ the truth : the real facts about something : the things that are true (Merriam-Webster, m-w.com) proof noun \ˈprüf\ proof : an act or process of showing that something is true (Merriam-Webster, m-w.com) Truth is a property of being in accord with fact or reality. It is...

ARCH 400 Tectonic Mo...

Written by Undergraduate Michal Okonski             Recently, all three of the Arch 400 studios were assigned to build ½” scale models of their studio projects. The models were to show an interesting and important section of the project as well as the structure of the building....

Discovery Park Obser...

Written by B. Arch. Students Benjamin Emery, Aly Cornelius, Tyler Tarte, and Riley Lacalli This quarter’s ARCH 300 studio’s site is in Discovery Park. Four undergraduate students write about their experiences visiting Discovery Park for studio. Benjamin Emery The euphoria of laying...