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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

DIGItal FABulous

Written by Associate Professor Kimo Griggs Five years ago we installed three new laser cutters, a large format CNC router and plasma cutter, a 3D Printer and a variety of other small tools and new computer software around the College to support increased teaching and research in the area of...

Chicago: Skyscrapers...

Mies, Wright, Gehry, SOM, and more! Written by Sam Miller, Joseph Burns, and Kris Chan Students and instructors from the Burns/Miller Studio recently travelled to the Windy City to see their project site, attend lectures by local engineers and architects, and take in the architectural wonder...

Grow/ing a Sustainab...

Although I benefit tremendously from understanding something about what my colleagues and fellow professionals are accomplishing in the realm of sustainable design and construction, I have continued to feel like your average informed citizen. Many individuals ask “what can I do?”...

SMOKEFARM 2013

SMOKEFARM 2013: Talks, Food, Tree Houses, Camping, and Rural Splendor. This summer I was invited to speak at  the Smokefarm Symposium 2013, an event run by the Rubicon Foundation at an former dairy farm just an hour outside Seattle.  It sounded intriguing at first, but I will admit, I...

The Afghan Studio: a...

The foundation stone laying ceremony for the new Gawhar Khatoon Girls’ School was held just a few weeks ago–to much fanfare and excitement from the local community in Mazar-i-Sharif. What began as a discussion between our former dean Daniel Friedman, and philanthropist Janet Ketcham, has...

Lighting in Hagia So...

DEMYSTIFYING ANCIENT WISDOM: LIGHTING IN HAGIA SOPHIA Written by Mehlika Inanici, Associate Professor Sometimes it takes centuries, state-of-the art technology, and new approaches to demystify the wisdom of the past and reveal its secrets. The domed structures from Byzantine period provide...

Trans/Form

Trans|Form (or Anything new can do, Old can do better) By Kathryn Rogers Merlino, Assistant Professor American conservation efforts began in earnest during the 1970s when the phrase “Reduce, Reuse & Recycle” was first introduced.  A fact often neglected is that the slogan was...

Targeting 100! New W...

Targeting 100! | Design in Healthcare – New Website Launch!!  We have been very busy over the last year at the Integrated Design Lab!  I’m excited to share the results of one of our most recent projects, “Targeting 100!”  Just last week we officially launched the Targeting 100!...

The 2X4CHAIR

The 2X4CHAIR | Jim Nicholls In the early 1930’s Dutch architect and furniture designer Gerrit Rietveld, inspired by social concerns and aiming to provide well designed furniture as cheaply as possible, designed a ‘Crate’ furniture series and wrote,“… a piece of furniture of fine...

Designing Process

Designing Process | Making the Wawona Sculpture The Wawona sculpture, which is currently installed at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle, was a work heavily derived from the invention of process. The structural design work of ARUP was as unique as the process used by Studio...

Home Economics

Home Economics | The Urban Ecology Partnership at the Bullitt Center Written by Rob Peña • Associate Professor, University of Washington  For decades, the design community has debated the meanings and applicability of sustainability and corollary terms such as sustainable design, green...