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...

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...

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;...

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...

Colonial Networks an...

In my continuing work on a book manuscript on architecture and racial politics during the late-Fascist era in Italy, I am writing about the organization and displays of the Italian Overseas Exhibition. This politically charged representation of Italy”s colonies was held in the...

Photo Lab Reboot

Contributed by Abby Inbanputr, Photo Lab Instructor The photo lab is back in business! Complete with the extensive music collection, smells of developer, prints hanging to dry, and students at work. Tucked away in the basement, the Gould Hall photo lab is easy to forget about, but it is a...

Hive

It has been written that the first architect was a bee – I know that from a slim volume, Bees and Beehives, published anonymously in 1874. One can wonder what manner of cultural artifact that bee-chitect produced but there can be little doubt that it was done with order, industry &...

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...

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...