Events Archive

Neighborhood Design Build 2012 opening reception

Please join the 2012 Design Build team and the Center for Urban Horticulture for the opening reception of their project at UW Farm. Snacks, drinks and entertainment provided! The event is from 5 PM - 8 PM with a dedication at 6:30 PM. Please RSVP to


Please join the Department of Architecture in showcasing selected student works from the 2010-2011 academic year. Highlighted projects include Storefront Studio, BE Lab Japan Studio, BE Lab Disaster Relief Studio, Rome and India Studios and thesis prizes.

An opening reception will take place Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30pm in Gould Hall Court. This event is free and open to the public.



Please join the Department of Architecture for the Spring 2011 MArch and MS Thesis presentations on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. All presentations are open to the public and will take place in Gould Court.

Thesis presentations by:
Sarah Marshall
Bragdon Shields
Marty Brennan
Lauren Ehnebuske Day
Mona Johnston
Cory Mattheis
Kevin Conway

For a complete schedule and thesis topics, please click here.

[image credits to Cory Mattheis]



A two-day symposium devoted to the multiple intersections between new technologies and new and traditional materials, in an investigation of high performance craft.

To register, please click here.

Interested in this topic? Be sure to visit related events in the AIA WhichCraft series at

Symposium Overview:

Thursday, May 19

AFTERNOON SESSION (1:30 - 5:30 pm, Gould Court) 

New Building Blocks: Contemporary High Performance Architectural Components Presentations and Panel

Presenters include: Tim Elliason, TriPyramid Structures, Brian Woudstra, StructureCraft, Matthias Kohler, Gramazio & Kohler, Rob Corser, moderator


CAD/CAM Cafe and Corner Store Exhibit

Friday, May 20

MORNING SESSION (9:30 am - 12:00 pm)

Expanding the Performance Envelope of Traditional Materials and Artisanry Presentations and Panel

Presenters include: Louis Mackall, Breakfast Woodworks, Jack Kearny, company k, Richard Rhodes, RHODESWORKS Design Studio, Kimo Griggs, moderator.

AFTERNOON SESSION (1:30 - 5:30 pm, Arch Hall 147) 

High Performance Practice Presentations and Panel

Presenters include: LMN Architects "Black Ops" team, Richard Green, Front Inc., Jason Kelly Johnson, Future Cities Lab, Clayton Binkley, Arup, moderator.

EVENING LECTURE + RECEPTION (5:30, Reception, 6:30 pm, Lecture, Arch Hall 147)

Digital Materiality in Architecture w/ Matthias Kohler, Lecturer


Symposium co-sponsored by the UW Department of Architecture in the College of Built Environments and the Swiss Consulate.


Double visions reception, may 13, 2011

Join the 47N Group, sponsored by the Architecture Professional Advisory Council, for the Double VISION exhibition reception featuring the design competition work of Gundula Proksch and Elizabeth Golden from the Living City Design Competition.


Festa Romana, May 6, 2011

May 6th, 2011
Gould Hall Court
3949 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

The Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Washington, invite you to celebrate 42 years of Architecture in Rome and to support students of the 2011 Architecture & Landscape Architecture in Rome Programs.

All proceeds directly benefit all 2011 students of both programs: Architecture in Rome and Landscape Architecture in Rome.

Please join us for our annual Rome Program fundraiser in a slightly different format: a Festa in Piazza with wine, negronis, appetizers, games, entertainment and a live auction.

For more information and ticket prices, please see the Festa Romana website.


May 4th, 2011
Architecture Hall 147

Seth and Jon are architects. They also like to use their hands, designing and building things like chairs and light fixtures.

They first crossed paths at Kent State University in Cleveland, honing abilities to endure long winters and earning degrees in architecture + design. Now, a decade of collaboration and spirited adventure has landed them in Seattle, where graypants, inc. was forged from a desire to make a difference through design.

"we strive to come up with designs and ideas that are thoughtful and have an impact, whether it be furniture, lighting, architecture or graphics. each one of our projects has a unique story and we try to explore new ideas to redefine how design can have a greater impact. most importantly, we have fun doing it! we enjoy collaborating with all walks of life – that is where we find true inspiration. we want to let the beauty of what we love be what we do."



Beginning in 2005, the UW Architecture PAC has presented Headlines each Spring: an exhibit on public view for 2 weeks at Gould Court, traveling for exhibit at other Cascadia educational and professional venues, and visible online on the UW Department of Architecture site.  By highlighting unbuilt architectural projects under development by Washington design firms and organizations, Headlines offers the public, professionals, and campus communities a glimpse of work rarely seen outside the studio.  Previous Headlines exhibits have featured the work of more than 50 local offices, and have appeared at Washington State University (Pullman, Spokane), University of Idaho, Montana State University, Portland State University, University of Oregon, University of British Columbia, and elsewhere. 

The exhibit will be on display April 15th- April 30th 2011.


Monday, January 24, 2011
6:30 pm
Kane 120

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol — Recent Work
2011 Dean's Distinguished Lecture

Jennifer Guthrie, ASLA and Shannon Nichol, ASLA
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol

Jennifer Guthrie, ASLA, and Shannon Nichol, ASLA, are two of the founding partners of the Seattle based landscape architecture firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN), discuss the philosophy of the firm through the lens of recent completed works and projects, including their proposed renovation of UW's Rainier Vista. GGN's practice has advanced our understanding of how landscape architecture gives new form and meaning to the interdependency of nature, building, and city. Please join us to learn more about the growing significance of landscape architecture for our communities.

Registration Link:

Jennifer Guthrie, ASLA, and Shannon Nichol, ASLA, have worked closely together for 13 years, as both design collaborators and as business partners. In 1999, they founded Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) in Seattle with their partner Kathryn Gustafson. Guthrie and Nichol are both graduates of the University of Washington Bachelors of Landscape Architecture Program. Guthrie and Nichol find joy in their practice of solving complex puzzles of program, function, and architectural relationships with deceptively simple, comfortable landforms and strategic distortions of the ground. Their multi-disciplinary approach to solving these puzzles is expressed in the diverse professional makeup of their office and in the serial collaborations they have formed – from artists and architects to theater-set designers and engineers. Jennifer and Shannon's projects include Millennium Park's Lurie Garden, Boston's North End Parks, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Campus in Seattle, as well as current projects for the University of Washington.


Thursday, February 3, 2011
6:30 pm
Arch 147

OUT OF PRACTICE // Gregg Pasquarelli-SHoP Architects

 2011 NAC Lecture

UW Department of Architecture Lecture Series

The 2011 NAC Lecture


Gregg Pasquarelli | SHoP Architects


Gregg Pasquarelli is one of the founding partners of the New York firm SHoP Architects, established in 1996.  The practice encompasses architecture, fine arts, structural engineering, finance and business management.  Current work includes a two-mile waterfront park along New York’s East River, projects for the Fashion Institute of Technology and Goldman Sachs, both in Manhattan, and a project for Google in Mountain View, California.  SHoP has also recently been selected as part of the team that will design the new Central Waterfront in Seattle.

Gregg's lecture, “Out of Practice,” is a look at the office’s current projects, with a focus on how the firm seeks to reinvent the business model of architectural practice. As both practitioners and educators, SHoP’s commitment to challenging the process of building seeks to prove that beauty and technological proficiency are not mutually exclusive.

This lecture is sponsored by NAC | Architecture.  It is free and open to the public.

Japan: 10.2008 - 4.2010

47N Event

An interconnected photo series broadly exploring the built environment of Japan and the people who interact with it.


Reception//February 18, 2011

6 - 8 pm: arch 208j


Monday, February 28, 2011
6:30 pm
Kane 120

Curating the City: Art and Popular Culture in the Urban Age

Derrick Cartwright
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director, Seattle Art Museum
Christina Orr-Cahall
CEO and Director, Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
Stephanie Stebich
Director, Tacoma Art Museum
Sylvia Wolf
Director, Henry Art Gallery

Through the lens of their institutions, four of our region's leading museum directors examine the forces that shape twenty-first century urban experience. Within the unique programs, facilities, collections, and curatorial projects of the Seattle Art Museum, EMP, the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Henry Art Gallery, directors Cartwight, Orr-Cahall, Stebich, and Wolf explore the changing roles and responsibilities of cultural institutions in the life of the contemporary city. Moderated by Dean Daniel Friedman.

Registration Link:

Derrick Cartwright
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director, Seattle Art Museum

Derrick Cartwright has been the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director at the Seattle Art Museum since Sept. 2009. Before that, he served as the Director of the San Diego Museum of Art (2004-2009), Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College (2001-2004); and the Musée d'Art Americain Giverny. Cartwright is trained as a historian of American art, and received degrees from UC Berkeley, UCLA, and the University of Michigan. His publications include An Interlude in Giverny: Frederick MacMonnies and Mary Fairchild MacMonnies Low (2001, with Joyce Henry Robinson), Benjamin West: Allegory and Allegiance (2004) and, more recently, contributions to Internationalizing the History of American Art (2009) and Los Desembrados: Roberto Cortazar and Jose Clemente Orozco (2009).

Christina Orr-Cahall
CEO and Director, Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame

Christina Orr-Cahall began as CEO and Director of EMP in July 2009. Dr. Orr-Cahall was the CEO and Director of the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL from 1990-2009. Previously she was Director and President, Corcoran Gallery and College of Art; Chief Curator of Art, The Oakland Museum and on the art faculty of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she was honored with the Distinguished Faculty award.

After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Christina received her Ph.D. in art history from Yale University. She also studied in Paris at The École du Louvre and at Oxford University. During 2007 she completed the Stanford University Business School, Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders in the Arts.

Christina currently serves on the Institute of Museum and Library Service Board, a federal agency in Washington D.C., Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau Board and KEXP Advisory Council.

Stephanie A. Stebich
Director, Tacoma Art Museum

Stephanie joined Tacoma Art Museum as Director in April 2005. She curated the Frida Kahlo: Images of an Icon exhibition shown at the museum in spring 2007. She serves as Co-Chair of the Cultural Task Force of the Puget Sound Prosperity Partnership, as President of the Washington State Arts Consortium, as a Board Member of the Association of Art Museum Directors.

Before coming to Tacoma, she was Assistant Director at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts from 2001 to 2004, where she oversaw the Programs and Events Division. She has held administrative and curatorial positions at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Guggenheim Museum in New York. She holds a BA from Columbia University, a MFA from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Case Western Reserve University.

Sylvia Wolf
Director, Henry Art Gallery

Sylvia Wolf was named Director of The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, in April 14, 2008. She previously served the Whitney Museum of American Art as endowed chair and head of the department of photography from 1999 to 2004, and as adjunct curator from 2004 to 2008. Wolf came to the Whitney in 1999 from The Art Institute of Chicago, where she organized over 25 photography exhibitions during her twelve-year tenure. She is the author of over twelve books on contemporary art and photography, including Polaroids: Mapplethorpe (2007); Ed Ruscha and Photography (2004); Visions from America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art.


Monday, April 11, 2011
6:30 pm
Kane 120

Problems in Organized Complexity
2011 Mithun Endowed Lecture

Stephen Luoni
Director, University of Arkansas Community Design Center and Steven L. Anderson Chair in Architecture and Urban Studies

Under the direction of Stephen Luoni, the University of Arkansas Community Design Center has won more design awards from more organizations in more parts of the world in less time than any other comparable academic or professional enterprise in history. In this talk, Professor Luoni explores UACDC's emerging repertoire of place-building models in watershed urbanism, context-sensitive highway design, green and shared streets, transit-oriented development, big box urbanism, urban forestry, low impact development, and agricultural urbanism. This 'problemscape' addresses widely shared environmental and urban challenges whose design approaches require integration across multiple properties, public and private realms, scales, and disciplines. The lecture will present four projects of ascending scale from site to neighborhood, town, and region, with discussion of related place-building models. Projects include Campus Hydroscapes; Porchscapes (a low impact development neighborhood in Fayetteville); the Townscape Plan for Farmington; and Visioning Rail Transit in Northwest Arkansas.

Registration Link:

Stephen Luoni is Director of the University of Arkansas Community Design Center (UACDC) where he is the Steven L. Anderson Chair in Architecture and Urban Studies. His design and research have won more than 75 design awards, including Progressive Architecture Awards, American Institute of Architects Honors Awards, a Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism, and American Society of Landscape Architecture Awards, all for planning and urban design. His work at UACDC specializes in interdisciplinary public works projects combining landscape, urban, and architectural design. Current work includes design and planning for municipal infrastructure, Low Impact Development in residential development, campuses, parks, and big box retail. His work has been published in Oz, Architectural Record, Landscape Architecture, Progressive Architecture, Architect, Places, L'Architecture d'Aujourd' hui, Progressive Planning, and Public Art Review. He previously taught at the University of Florida and was the 2000 Cass Gilbert Visiting Professor of Architecture at the University of Minnesota. In Fall 2006 he was the Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor in Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and The Bruce Goff Chair for Creative Architecture at the University of Oklahoma in Spring 2008. Luoni has a BS in Architecture from Ohio State University and a Master of Architecture from Yale University.