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November 24, 2015

ARCH 101: INTRODUCTIONS

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 discipline, and the department. Undergraduate advisor Kim Sawada suggested offering this…


November 19, 2015

CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS: IT IS ALL ABOUT A ‘DAY’

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 functions in a dual manner: it…


November 10, 2015

Grief and Its Transcendance

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 Staten Island September 11 Memorial: Creativity, Mourning, and the Experience of Loss,” as…


September 25, 2015

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; specifically, how we’ll meet the target of the 2030 Challenge: 70%…


May 28, 2015

With summer rapidly approaching, Assistant Professor Tyler Sprague recalls last summer’s whirlwind trip to Abu Dhabi

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 person in Abu Dhabi (UAE). The…


March 12, 2015

Colonial Networks and Geographies

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 Fuorigrotta (literally, “beyond the grotto”) area of Naples, beginning in May of…


February 25, 2015

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 unique and valuable resource that…


December 23, 2014

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 & modesty. There may even…


November 20, 2014

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 student’s description of the…


June 20, 2014

Building and Remembering

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 many people for generations to…



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