School of Architecture & Environment News

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Presidential fund awards $1 million for Urbanism Next Center

A grant from the Presidential Fund for Excellence will allow Urbanism Next to establish a new center with faculty and staff from the Portland and Eugene campuses.

James Ivory with Oscar

College of Design alumni take home Oscars

James Ivory, a 1951 UO graduate, took home the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for the film “Call Me by Your Name” at Sunday night’s 90th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. At 89, Ivory becomes the oldest person ever to win an Academy Award in a competitive category.

The Shire and Multnomah Falls

Legacy of a View: The Secret Story of the Shire

Oregon Field Guide recently did a stunning piece on “The Shire,” a unique, 75-acre work of landscape design in the Columbia River Gorge, and the legacy of its architect John Yeon.
Urbanism Next

Urbanism Next to Host National Conference on Cities of the Future

Explore ways to help cities prepare for advances in technology, such as the advent of autonomous vehicles, the rise of e-commerce, and the proliferation of the sharing economy.

Gloria Morazán Salgado

Student's vision of sustainable development crosses borders

Growing up in urban Honduras, Gloria Morazán Salgado witnessed a country struggling to sustain natural resources while addressing extreme poverty. Now she's part of the solution.
Jess Kokkeler with members of the International Anti-Poaching Federation team in Zimbabwe

A Design for Life

Jess Kokkeler (IArch, ’18) is putting architecture skills he’s learning at the UO to work saving endangered animals in Africa.
Nancy Cheng

Taking Architecture to New Heights

With an eye to a greater merging of art and science to create functional and sustainable environments, Associate Professor Nancy Cheng has already hit the ground running in her new role as Head of the Department of Architecture in the School of Architecture & Environment.

Nicole Epple with lamps

A Glowing Success: Student Recognized for Illuminating Design

Nicole Epple, studying in the School of Architecture & Environment, won the 2017 Illuminating Engineering Society of Oregon's James C. Garber Scholarship for her luminaire design. Epple designed the lamp in her Media for Design Development class, taught by Architecture Department Head and Professor Nancy Cheng.

Alison Kwok

Passive solar energy innovation award goes to UO architecture professor

Alison Kwok is honored for her innovative approaches to passive solar energy design, application and technology.

Tiny houses under construction in August in Emerald Village.

Raising tiny homes takes a village—of designers

Several architects associated with the UO College of Design contribute their creative skills, labor and materials to build a collective of tiny houses for homeless Eugene residents.

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Outside In: Natural indoor change improves the well-being of people in buildings

Professor of architecture Kevin Nute wants to improve the well–being and effectiveness of people in buildings using a simple but novel approach: bringing the weather indoors.

College of Design Launch Party

College of Design launches with celebratory party October 6

Help celebrate the new College of Design and kick off the academic year at a launch party in the Lawrence Hall Courtyard and the Hayden and Krause galleries on October 6, 1-3 p.m. Refreshments will be provided and free College of Design T-shirts will be available to the first 100 students.

Hal Ayotte

Portland architect Hal Ayotte recognized for notable preservation projects

Portland architect Hal S. Ayotte is the recipient of the University of Oregon’s 2012 George McMath Award. His expertise and guidance in preservation efforts on some of the Northwest's most notable historic treasures earned him high praise and recognition.

Tim Wood interviews Patricia Ford

Preservation, journalism students collaborate on oral histories from vanished town

UO historic preservation students are working with journalism students to capture and preserve oral histories from survivors of the 1948 flood that destroyed Vanport, the second largest city in Oregon during WWII.

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UO alum Fred Koetter leaves extensive architectural legacy

Fred Koetter, BArch ’63, died August 21. The founding principal of Koetter, Kim & Associates, Koetter was honored in 2010 with the UO College of Design’s Lawrence Medal.