Discovery Park Obser...

Written by B. Arch. Students Benjamin Emery, Aly Cornelius, Tyler Tarte, and Riley Lacalli This quarter”s ARCH 300 studio”s site is in Discovery Park. Four undergraduate students write about their experiences visiting Discovery Park for studio. Benjamin Emery The euphoria of laying...

Insight, In Site

Written by Kate Reef and Kyle Kinney, M. Arch. 2014 The Scan Design Master Studio gives students the opportunity to spend two weeks on a tour of Copenhagen, Denmark studying the urban conditions and architecture that set it apart from other European cities. The Gehl Studio is supported by...

Robot TreeHouses

Robot TreeHouses: Experiments in Adaptive and Responsive Architectural Parasites The UW Department of Architecture’s Summer Digital Fabrication studio for 2013 was led by Associate Professor Rob Corser, AIA. RobotTreehouses is a collaboration between the UW Department of Architecture, Arup...

Summer with Arch 100

Every summer, ARCH 100 offers students a glimpse into the world of architecture. The course is designed to accommodate undergraduate students who plan to apply to the architecture major and students already holding bachelor degrees from other disciplines who intend to apply to architecture...

Fika (Swedish) v. &#...

Written by Carey Moran, Benjamin Ahearn, and Kristin Karlsson Why is it, when collaboration is so highly revered, that group work in school is so…despised? The prospect of compromising your ideas or doing all the work seems sacrilegious and exhausting. In theory, group work is meant to...

Design for Beacon

Beacon Food Forest, located just southwest of Jefferson Park on Beacon Hill, is a community garden project rooted in permaculture. This food forest, which broke ground in 2010, is using a gardening technique that simulates a woodland ecosystem but substitutes in edible plants. The Beacon...

Exploring Materials ...

“If you are ever stuck on inspiration just ask your materials for advice”- Louis Khan Often we can get caught up designing with certain alienation towards the intuitive beauty of material. Our formal introduction to the wood shop is helping us discover the beautiful balance between...

Urban and Sustainabl...

Vikram Prakāsh’s interdisciplinary Urban Sustainability studio is asking questions, and lots of them. We are tasked with designing interventions for Tollefson Plaza, a concrete no-man’s land that awkwardly straddles the UW Tacoma campus and downtown Tacoma. Students are leaving their...

Mixing Buddhism with...

Arch 502: CLT: material culture | A design investigation into the material culture of emergence of a new building technology: the cross-laminated timber panel This studio is about dichotomies united by a slab of wood.  The slab of wood is Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) , basically panels of...

Dorte Mandrup Studio

Dorte Mandrup Studio: Public Dialogue Danish Architect, Dorte Mandrup,  returns to Architecture Hall this spring (she taught a studio here last year in the spring) for an intensive design studio which, this year, focuses on a portion of James Corner Field Operations’ plan for the Seattle...

Japan | Part 2

Japan Studio Spring 2013, Ken Tadashi Oshima, Associate Professor | Arch 506/402  This graduate/undergraduate architecture studio investigates the nature of Metabolic urbanism from premodern times to the present through a 10-day study tour to Japan during spring break 2013 as the basis for...

Japan Studio

Japan Studio Spring 2013, Ken Tadashi Oshima, Associate Professor | Arch 506/402 This graduate/undergraduate architecture studio investigates the nature of Metabolic urbanism from pre-modern times to the present through a 10-day study tour to Japan during spring break 2013 as the basis for...

The Tectonic Model

A storm has just passed through Seattle leaving nearly 50 large-scale tectonic models in its wake. Over the past eight weeks, ARCH 501 graduate students have developed conceptual ideas for farmer’s markets, mixed-use timber high-rises, and urban waterway research facilities. Inspired by...

Mexico Studio: the l...

( This is the last post on the Mexico Studio as we have completed the program and went our separate ways. We hope this gives an insight into a great program and amazing place.)  Mexico City: Mid Review & Oaxaca field trip After a grueling mid-review featuring an all-star jury from Seattle...

Exotic Hybrids

Our 401 Studio, Exotic Hybrids: A Mosaic in the Park, revolves around the concept of bringing together components of different origin. The studio began with a preliminary two-week project, exploring multiple kinds of hybrids through proposals for a small café in Volunteer Park on Capitol...

CORB REDUX

In the 1950s, Corbusier had grand visions for the capitol complex in Chandigarh, India and for the most part left his signature mark in the masterpieces of the High Court and the Secretariat. One third of the plaza triad however was left out. A piece of land remains undeveloped and untouched,...

Tectonic | Skin

The Market Hall studio is one of four ARCH 501 tectonic studios this term taking deep dive investigations into the skin and bones of buildings. This studio is developing design proposals for a neighborhood market hall where local growers, vintners, distillers, and crafts people can sell...

FAB (LAB) FURNITURE!

“You are already behind!” – The warning heeded to us on the first day of Furniture Studio by instructor Kimo Griggs, crushing our hopes of being ahead with models worked on over the break – is now ever present as we are within four weeks off final review. Unlike most of our...

Metabolic Seattle

ARCH 401 | A Metabolic Seattle The 401 studio with Ken Oshima is about considering a metabolic Seattle. The fundamentals of metabolism embrace flexibility and change – as society changes, so does the architecture. Our site is the Seattle Center, a complex that is more than simply the...

Working with Giants

Tectonic Studio – Working with Giants If you have walked through Gould Court over the past week, you may have noticed that the west end was swarmed by a series of (very) large displays. The normally wide open space was filled with several hundred pounds of wood, steel, and stone. The curious...