Road Trip!

Students from our graduate and undergraduate furniture studios have been sending their work to the Chair Affair in Boise, Idaho for many years. Sponsored by the Interior Decorators of Idaho, the event offers prizes for work entered by both professionals and students. I volunteered to deliver...

Hyperbolic Paraboloi...

Thin-shell construction was a signature of the late modernist movement in architecture.  Light and efficient, this construction type was embraced by architects and engineers alike, as a means to minimize construction materials and increase structural performance while obtaining a dramatic...

Dorte Mandrup Studio

Now that the first of two eight-day charrettes is over, those of us in the Mandrup Master Studio have had time to catch up on sleep and reflect further on how to tackle the design of a culturehouse on one of two sites located along Madison Street in the Capitol Hill area.  In conjunction with...

Test of Time

Is it likely or even possible for a modern building to last for 250 years? Part of the Bullitt Center’s claim to the “greenest office building in the world” rests on the intention to make a building that will last much longer than the 73 year median for an office building in the...

Murcutt Studio

The Australia portion of the Murcutt/Australia 2012 studio is already coming to a close.  the first two days were spent with Glenn touring some of his ‘breakthrough’ projects outside Sydney including the Simpson/Lee House, The Boyd Center and the Walsh House. Visit to the...

MOHAI Sculpture

Since this past June I have been collaborating on a sculpture for the new Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) with the Seattle based artist John Grade.  Due to the size, fabrication timeline, and necessary precision of connection points the project has deeply engaged digital design and...

Headlines : Architec...

The Professionals Advisory Council and the Department of Architecture present the 7th annual HEADLINES Exhibit: Coming to Gould Court April 13- 27. Join us for an opening reception at the CBE Happy Hour on Friday, April 13, from 5-8. There will be food, drinks, live music, and networking...

Delirious Mexico Cit...

Ruben Gallo’s succinct description of one of the world’s largest metropolises could not be more apt. Mexico City,  consisting of over 20 million people residing on a drained lake bed at an elevation of 7,500 feet, is a perfect example of a city built where none should have ever been. The...

Drawing on History

As all students who have participated in the academic programs of the Architecture Department at the UW Rome Center know, drawing and history are two central sources of exploration and learning along with design studios.  So it seems appropriate that the first academic symposium to be held at...