Michelangelo Today

“David” was a symbol of heroism and courage but even he didn’t know what the future held for him; that made him human, that made him more relatable, and that made him seem even more heroic because then he’s just an ordinary man taking on an extraordinary task. This was a...

Alumni in the City: ...

A few weeks ago on Sunday October 26th, we had a great turnout of alumni for ‘Alumni in the City’ – a walking tour led by UW Department of Architecture alumni designers offering a behind the scenes glimpse into the design of six notable projects. The projects and alumni...

Thesis Studio Final ...

Written by Rick Mohler The pace of work and level of intensity is increasing in the Thesis Studio as 25 students prepare to present final projects on December 1st, 2nd and 3rd. This will be the culmination of more than two quarters of work, which began in the Sprinq Quarter of last year with...

ARCH 100 Summer 2014

Written by Lecturer Judith Swain For the past 20 years, ARCH 100 / Introduction to Architecture has offered students the opportunity to learn about architectural design in an intensive, hands-on program during the UW summer quarter. It has also provided studio-teaching experience for the GSAs...

Seattle Studio Summe...

Written by Kristian London, edited by Rick Mohler and Dechen Gonnot The Seattle Studio is a collaboration between the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD), the Department of Urban Design and Planning and the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington....

Tables of Content: S...

Written by Senior Lecturer Jim Nicholls Tables Of Content is a School of Art summer furniture studio taught by Jim Nicholls and John Martin. 25 undergraduate students from across the UW campus, including students from the College of Built Environments, were introduced to the fundamentals of...

Building and Remembe...

Written by Assistant Professor Elizabeth M. Golden Bob Hull, one of Seattle’s most well-known and respected architects passed away on April 7th, 2014, at the age of 68. He left behind an impressive legacy of buildings, and the work he created over a lifetime will continue to serve and uplift...

Shaping Seattle Arch...

 Written by Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Jeffrey Ochsner When Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects sold out about 2006, I wondered if the book would ever be available again.  Shaping had been created in the early 1990s as part of the...

Studioworks 2014: En...

Please join the Department of Architecture for Studioworks 2014: End of Year Show. Featuring the work of students throughout the entire year as well as undergraduate and graduate furniture pieces! Let’s celebrate the end of another great year and toast the future as we look to our 100th...

Fab4Humanity: Forks ...

Written By Associate Professor Rob Corser The UW Department of Architecture’s Spring Collab/Fab Studio for 2014 engaged with the community of Forks Washington for the second year of a three year commitment of work with this rural city on the Olympic Peninsula.   The studio was led by...

Spaghetti and String

Written by Assistant Professor Tyler Sprague As we wind down the quarter in ARCH324, students once again took part in the (now) annual tradition of building small-scale prototype structures, out of spaghetti and string. The hot gluing of tiny sticks on cardboard platforms becomes a useful...

Operation Breakthrou...

Written by Associate Professor and Associate Chair Alex Anderson Promise and failure. These two words seem to sum up the long project of developing a commercially viable, architecturally significant, factory produced house in the United States. A recent exhibition at the MOMA in New York, Home...

Identity + Architect...

Written by Kate Simonen, Assistant Professor A couple of weeks ago, I attended our college’s BE Connected: a Symposium on Integration & the Built Environment.  This symposium was organized by the PhD students in our interdisciplinary PhD program and provided a great opportunity for...

Chair Affair + Idaho...

 Written by Olga Amigud, M Arch 2014 Candidate  Photos courtesy of Olga Amigud, Kimo Griggs, Anna Pajulo, Olof Jondelius, and Jason Tran For several years now, some of the lucky architecture students (those that have taken Furniture Studio taught at the BE labs) have been traveling with...

Design our Centennia...

The 2014-2015 academic year will mark the 100th anniversary of the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington! At this important milestone, we will celebrate our past and contemplate our future through engaging events, lectures, design and discussion. The Department invites...

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...