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Housing Competition victory

The award recipients of the 2017 HERE+NOW: A House for the 21st Century Residential Student Design Competition were recently selected by the AIA, Custom Residential Architects Network (AIA CRAN) and ACSA. The competition recognizes seven exceptional studio projects that seamlessly integrate innovative, regenerative strategies within their broader design concepts. The program challenged students to submit…

FLW at 150

In celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday, the Museum of Modern Art in New York is highlighting one of the most prolific and renowned 20th century architects’ work.  This summer’s blockbuster exhibition “Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive ” highlights this designer as a radical intellectual who embraced new technologies and materials….

Staff field trip 2017

Each summer the Architecture staff takes one afternoon to venture out of the office on a field trip to tour a building or place of architectural significance or relevance to our rapidly changing cityscape. We are often joined by the Architecture Chair, Brian McLaren, and we traditionally end the excursion with a relaxing lunch, giving us…

A City to Love

Seattle is comprised of 14,000 acres of rights-of-way, over 25% of the urban environment. How can we enhance the ecological, cultural and social function of these shared public spaces while increasing their capacity as our city rapidly expands? A group of real estate thought leaders, faculty from the UW College of Built Environments (including Associate…

CHSA Conference

The Construction History Society of America (CHSA) hosts a Biennial Meeting on even years.  CHSA’s 5th Biennial Meeting, held in Austin, Texas in May 2016, follows successful events in Minneapolis (2014), Boston (2012), Philadelphia (2010) and Atlanta (2008).  The biennial meetings draw approximately two hundred attendees who are passionate about construction history, and historic architecture…

The Agency of Materials Studio

Senior Lecturer Jim Nicholls leads a interdisciplinary studio “The Agency of Materials” focusing on a small intervention at the U District Alley. Collaborating with the Alley Community Council, the studio is proposing a project to implement the community-driven strategies from the recently adopted U District Alley Activation Plan (a large file at 12.6 Mb), which was developed by SvR…

Restructuring for the Future City

The McKinley Futures Studio began in Spring 2014, and is now offered annually. The studio is made possible by the Jeannette and David McKinley Endowment for the Design of Future Architectural Environments. Each year a new team of faculty create projects that will generate research-based, speculative design scenarios that will serve as a framework for closer examination of the…

5 Months at Meiji

Allison Acosta, M.Arch ’17, is currently studying abroad at Meiji School of Science & Technology. Follow along on her blog as she embarks on this exciting five month long exchange program in Tokyo, studying architecture at Meiji SST.    The UW-Meiji Exchange is a college-wide exchange established in 2015 between the UW College of Built Environments…

An Innovation Hub in Central District

Contributed by Karen Chan During Winter Quarter 2017, visiting professor Donald King led a senior year undergraduate design studio of ten students (including an exchange student from Australia) for a mixed-use Innovation Hub in Central District, located on 23rd Avenue and Yesler Way. The project aspired to restore the neighborhood’s African American heritage affected by…

Crunch Time

Our graduate-level Furniture Studio enjoys some unique characteristics within the mix of studios offered each year, but it also shares one: that intense, last-gasp, total-immersion, getting to completion scenario. Students learn early and often that this can be a constant feature of their education and – later – of their professional life. Why this is…