Conversation with Gl...

On Tuesday afternoon the UW community crowded into Alder Commons Auditorium to welcome Pritzker Prize-winning architect Glenn Murcutt. The special noontime “conversation” proceeded as a question and answer session, with UW Professor of Architecture Vikram Prakāsh serving as interviewer....

Perfecting the Thesi...

Written by Kristopher Chan, M Arch 2014 Candidate It is still hard to believe that we have presented our theses and have technically “graduated.” A mere nine months ago, most of us were finishing winter quarter having hastily submitted a rough thesis proposal to our thesis advisors Louisa...

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 &...

Hotspot Pavilion: co...

UW Today picked up the story about M. Arch students in Prof. Peter Cohan’s studio who were selected to design and build a new temporary event pavilion on Seattle’s waterfront.  This project is a collaborative effort between the Department of Architecture and Friends...

Congratulations, Gra...

After a (midnight) Friday thesis deadline, we gathered Saturday at Cultivate in Elm Hall to celebrate our graduating Master of Architecture students with a slide show and awards.  A list of this quarter’s theses is provided at the end of this post. Graduates, congratulations from all of us...

Strange Crops

Architects typically work to respect context.  Yes – culturally sensitive, site-specific interventions addressing constraints of the urban fabric and historical character of the neighborhood while maintaining a presence on the street can both navigate and transcend competing priorities in a...

Our Centennial

It’s hard to believe that autumn quarter is nearing an end and we’re soon heading into winter!  It’s been quite an exciting season around the UW Department of Architecture with much more still to come. This fall we celebrated with the grand kickoff of the Architecture Centennial....

Centennial Study: UW...

When I first heard a preview of the UW Architecture Centennial celebration at a meeting of the UWArchPAC (Professionals Advisory Council), I began thinking of colleagues and friends who had taught and studied there over the decades in which I have observed and taken part in Department and...

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...