Steel Studio

Contributed by Travis Hauan, M.Arch candidate  2016 Steel Competition: Full Speed Ahead! This year’s steel studio is entering a national competition to design innovative steel buildings.  The competition has two categories: “tall building”, and “open”.  Our studio chose to design...

Casting Studio

Contributed by Tyler S. Sprague, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture   Every studio is an opportunity to explore something new.  The architectural studio format provides an almost unparalleled venue for thoughtful and critical investigations through design – whether to...

HALA Design Studio

Contributed by Rick Mohler An adequate, affordable supply of housing is the lifeblood of culturally rich, diverse, and livable urban centers. Without this, people who work here will be forced to move out of the city, with dire impacts not only on individual lives, but also on the region: more...

ARCH 101: INTRODUCTI...

Contributed by Associate Professor Ann Marie Borys     This fall I have led a new course (officially titled “Introduction to Architectural Studies”) that is designed to welcome our newly admitted freshman and sophomore students and to introduce them to the academic program, the...

CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS: I...

Contributed by Associate Professor Mehlika Inanici We all have days that we experience sleepiness during daytime, and/or find it difficult to sleep at night. If we travel across multiple time zones, we experience jetlag. A growing body of research in the past 15 years has shown that human eye...

An Inclusive Seattle...

Contributed by Sarah Chan, M. Arch candidate Prof. Sharon Sutton’s Arch 500 studio this Fall Quarter considers homelessness and the current shelter crisis in Seattle. Students are asked to redesign a block in the Pike-Pine Corridor of the Capitol Hill neighborhood. After determining site,...

Grief and Its Transc...

Contributed by Prof. Jeffrey Ochsner, Nov. 10. 2015 In late October, Routledge released the latest book in its Psychoanalytic Inquiry Book Series, Grief and Its Transcendence: Memory, Identity, Creativity, edited by Adele Tutter and Léon Wurmser.  The book includes my essay, “The...

Summer Internship re...

The Department of Architecture Professionals Advisory Council sponsors the Summer Internship program for 3+year M Arch students, guaranteeing all 3+year M Arch students a paid internship in a local firm the summer after completion of the first year in the program.  Here, 3+ year student...

47° North

Greetings from 47° North, the student element of the UW Architecture Professionals Advisory Council (PAC).  Our goal is to bring students out of the academic bubble to engage with members of the local professional community. We are excited to introduce our year-long 3 Firms | 3 Projects | 3...

Treehousing win

  We were pleased to receive the news that two of our alumni, Glen Stellmacher (BAArch 2011) and Coby Vardy (BAArch 2012), and ARUP Seattle have won a joint first prize for the Treehousing International Wood Design Competition sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the...

Getting to Zero

Architecture faculty members Chris Meek and Heather Burpee of the Center for Integrated Design will take part in the second season of “Getting to Zero”, a four-part series of workshops, case studies, and discussions exploring what net-zero building looks like in the real world;...

2015 Seattle Design ...

The University of Washington Department of Architecture is pleased to be a part of the 2015 Seattle Design Festival, an annual celebration of all the ways design makes life better. Community members, city officials, citizen-experts, and designers all come together at workshops,...

Staff field trip 201...

It is a much-loved Architecture staff tradition that every summer, we take one afternoon to venture out on a field trip to tour a local building or site of architectural significance. We are often joined by the department chair, and this year marked incoming chair Brian McLaren’s first...

Architecture Philipp...

(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...

Carbon Leadership Fo...

The Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) is an industry-academic collaborative research effort hosted by the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments.  The CLF works to reduce the carbon ‘embodied’ in building materials. ‘Embodied carbon’ is the sum of carbon emitted in...

Note from the Chair

  Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,   As I step down from the position of Chair, I want to thank all of you for your amazing dedication and support toward making the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington such a fantastic place to study, teach and work to advance...

With summer rapidly ...

Last summer, I was asked to teach a course in reinforced concrete bridge design as part of the UW Professional and Continuing Education program.  Having taught concrete design many times before, I thought “no big deal”.  I was surprised to learn that the course was to be delivered in...

CBE team victory in ...

  An inter-disciplinary College of Built Environments graduate student team, including two M. Arch students from the Department of Architecture, won the 24th Annual Bank America Low-Income Housing Challenge on May 14th in San Francisco.  The team was led by Al Levine of the Runstad...

UW Architecture Alum...

Studies at UW Architecture take alumni/ae into a range of careers – including several who have held elective office in Seattle and Washington and beyond. Perhaps the farthest-flung: Alex Ekwueme (BArch 1956), “one of Nigeria’s leading statesmen” who served as his country’s first Vice...

Festa Romana coming ...

Don’t forget to buy your tickets for one of our department’s favorite annual events, the Festa Romana!  This year’s extravaganza will be held on May 15 in Gould Court.  The deadline to register is May 8.  Click here for online registration.  For some background on the...