100 Alumni Stories Archive

The College of Design is proud of the many achievements and contributions of our alumni worldwide. To commemorate our 2014 centennial, we collected 100 stories about alumni from all the decades. Here are just a few of our esteemed alumni in the School of Architecture & Environment making significant strides in the world of design, architecture, and sustainable practice:

William Smith

William Smith 2013

Recent graduate puts focus on climate-adaptive design
bachelor of architecture  ’13


Chelsea Karrels

Chelsea Karrels 2012

UO alumnae helps restore Minnesota state capital
master of architecture ‘12


Andrew Brose

Andrew Brose 2010

Alumnus drawn to socially responsible architecture, remote locales
bachelor of architecture '10


Alex Miller

Alex Miller 2009

Architecture alumnus makes a difference through design and post-disaster relief
bachelor of architecture '09


Lucas Gray

Lucas Gray 2008

International education, work inspire start-up firm’s founder
master of architecture ‘08


Sueann Brown

Sueann Brown 2007

Alumna’s passion for preservation started at age 14
master of historic preservation, ‘07

historic preservation

green design by Kathy Beavers

Kathy Bevers 2006 and Gina Livingston-Smith 2005

Helping solve world health care crisis motivates UO alumni
Kathy Bevers, master of architecture ’06


Gina Livingston-Smith, master of interior architecture ’05


Thomas Kosbau

Thomas Kosbau 2005

Firm synthesizes science, design
bachelor of architecture ’05


Daniel Wu

Daniel Wu 1997

From washing pots in Carson Hall to winning filmmaking awards
bachelor of architecture '97


Susan Dolan

Susan Dolan 1996

UO alumna oversees cultural landscapes for National Park Service
bachelor of landscape architecture ’94, master of landscape architecture ‘96


Jean Senechal Biggs and Cathleen Corlett

Jean Senechal Biggs 1995 and Cathleen Corlett 1996

Alumni duo wins honors in landscape preservation challenge
Jean Senechal Biggs, bachelor of landscape architecture ’95
Cathleen Corlett, bachelor of landscape architecture '94, master of landscape architecture ’96


Lyn Travis Hooper

Lyn Travis Hooper 1995

California preservation awards recognizes alumna's hard work
bachelor of architecture '95


Melody and Brian Emerick

Melody and Brian Emerick 1994

Adaptive reuse focus keeps winning awards for Emerick Architects
bachelors of architecture, '94


Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo

Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo 1993 and 1994

Making history by combining art and architecture
Annie Han, bachelor of architecture '93
Daniel Mihalyo, bachelor of architecture '94


Gunnar Hubbard

Gunnar Hubbard 1992

Launching UO’s DesignBridge just the beginning of sustainable career
master of architecture '92


Miguel McKelvey

Miguel McKelvey 1990

WeWork cofounder employs architectural design skills in global ‘startup’ valued at $16 billion
bachelor of architecture ’99


Kijeong Jeon

Kijeong Jeon 1989

Interior architect now 'autism innovator'
master of interior architecture '89


Ronnie Yimsut

Ronnie Yimsut 1988

Yimsut noted for service to global community
bachelor of landscape architecture '88


Artemio Paz Jr.

Artemio Paz Jr. 1986

Paz advocates for sustainability, ecological intelligence
bachelor of architecture ’71, master of architecture '86


Miriam Vareldzis

Miriam Vareldzis 1985

Designer shifts to fragrances
bachelor of interior architecture '85


Paul F. Morris

Paul F. Morris 1984

Paul Morris, FASLA brings people, civic design together
bachelor of landscape architecture ‘84


Kimberly Demuth

Kimberly Demuth 1981

First UO preservation graduate makes her mark nationally
master of science ’81

Kimberly DeMuth

Ron van der Veen

Ron van der Veen 1981

Van der Veen crafts design and art into lifestyle
bachelor of architecture '81


Brad Cloepfil

Brad Cloepfil 1980

Cloepfil melds landscapes, contemporary design
bachelor of architecture '80


Gail Dubrow

Gail Dubrow 1980

Gail Dubrow puts focus on power of place through interdisciplinarity
bachelor of architecture '80


Wilson Smith, III

Wilson Smith, III 1980

UO alumnus works with athletes, Nike, on adaptive design
bachelor of architecture '80


Mike Hamm

Mike Hamm 1979

Hamm steered Portico’s designs, connecting with nature, culture
bachelor of landscape architecture '79


David Ping-yee Lung

David Ping-yee Lung 1978

Devoted to preservation of historic built environment
Lawrence Medal ‘13, bachelor of architecture ’74, master of architecture ’78, master of arts (Asian Studies) ‘78


Tinker Hatfield

Tinker Hatfield 1977

Architecture alumnus innovates and creates products for Nike's success
Lawrence Medal '08, bachelor of architecture '77


Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson 1977

Thompson’s design career continues its E-ticket trajectory
bachelor of architecture ’77


Bill Leddy and Marsha Maytum

Bill Leddy and Marsha Maytum 1975 & '77

UO alumni push envelope in green design
Bill Leddy, FAIA, LEED, AP, bachelor of architecture '75
Marsha Maytum, FAIA, LEED, AP, bachelor of architecture '77


Brad Black

Brad Black 1974 & 1976

Career highlights public sector work
bachelor of architecture ’74, master of architecture ’76


Judith Rees

Judith Rees 1974

Gift endows scholarships
master of landscape architecture ’74


Peter Rothschild

Peter Rothschild 1974 and '75

Influenced by the "Oregon Experiment"
bachelor of landscape architecture '74, master of landscape architecture '75


Jerry Quinn Lee

Jerry Quinn Lee 1973

Lee leads prolific MulvannyG2, finds dedication in charity
Bachelor of architecture ‘73


Art Rice

Art Rice 1973

Rice promotes global approach to design education
bachelor of landscape architecture ’73


Thomas Hubka

Thomas Hubka 1972

Hubka’s research aids reconstruction of 18th-century Polish synagogue
master of architecture, ’72


Stanford Hughes

Stanford Hughes 1972

‘Graphite Era’ graduate’s success a cross-pollination of specialties
bachelor of architecture '72


Jody Mohney

Jody Mohney 1972

Multifaceted career keeps love of color, textures, in forefront
bachelor of interior architecture '72


Doug Macy

Doug Macy 1971

Macy helps design iconic landscapes in Northwest
bachelor of landscape architecture, 1971


Michael Wilkes

Michael Wilkes 1971

Wilkes’ firm known for design excellence, sustainability
bachelor of architecture ‘71


Robert Shibley

Robert Shibley 1970

Serves as campus architect
bachelor of architecture '70


William C. Miller

William C. Miller 1968

Miller an ‘intensely committed educator, administrator, scholar’
bachelor of architecture ’68


Bruce Bonine

Bruce Bonine 1967

Transformational design is his global focus
bachelor of architecture ’67


Larry Bruton

Larry Bruton 1967

Bruton’s design excellence comes from vision, details
bachelor of architecture '67


Johnpaul Jones

Johnpaul Jones 1967

Johnpaul Jones is a leader in culturally and environmentally sensitive architecture
Lawrence Medal ’98, bachelor of architecture ’67


Gordon H. Chong

Gordon H. Chong 1966

First Asian-American to head AIA had longtime passion for architecture
bachelor of architecture ’66


Fred Koetter

Fred Koetter 1963

Koetter’s work helps shape how we view the modern city
bachelor of architecture ’63


Howard Backen

Howard Backen 1962

Built high-profile projects such as Sundance
Lawrence Medal ’06, bachelor of architecture ’62


Edwin R. Smith

Edwin R. Smith 1962

Eugene’s parks, performing arts center among Ed Smith’s significant legacy
Bachelor of landscape architecture ‘62

Landscape Architecture

Robert Arrigoni

Robert Arrigoni 1961

Arrigoni’s projects include Skywalker Ranch, Library of Congress campus
bachelor of architecture  ‘61


Rick Mather

Rick Mather 1961

An Oregon alumnus is revitalizing London's cultural icons
Lawrence Medal '05, bachelor of architecture '61


Margo Grant Walsh

Margo Grant Walsh 1960

Remarkable career leads from Great Plains to global design work
bachelor of interior architecture ’60


George McMath

George McMath 1959

The Father of Preservation in Oregon
bachelor of architecture '59


Willard K. Martin

Willard K. Martin 1957

Pioneer Square still ‘Portland’s living room,’ thanks to Martin
bachelor of architecture ’57 


Lee Nelson

Lee Nelson 1957

Historic architecture pioneer had federal building named in his honor
bachelor of architecture ‘57


Larry Bissett

Larry Bissett 1956

Architecture and Planning: An International Experience
bachelor of architecture, ‘56 


Alfred Staehli

Alfred Staehli 1955

Found calling as historical architect, preservation planner, restoration expert
bachelor of architecture ’55


Mel Streeter

Mel Streeter 1955

A mentor for youth, a role model for architects
bachelor of architecture ’55


Wes Kvarsten

Wes Kvarsten 1953

Kvarsten figured prominently in Oregon land-use law
bachelor of landscape architecture ’53

Landscape Architecture

Mirza Dickel

Mirza Dickel 1947

Dickel helped bring Modernism to Northwest interiors
bachelor of science ’47 


Patricia Bowers Horter

Patricia Bowers Horter '45 and '70

Patricia Bowers Horter: artist, entrepreneur, educator
bachelor of science interior architecture ’45
master of science arts education ’70


Whitson Cox

Whitson Cox 1943 & '48

Whit Cox, FAIA, melded art, architecture seamlessly
bachelor of science '43, bachelor of architecture '48


Arthur Erfeldt

Arthur Erfeldt 1939

From public works to private residences, Erfeldt a ‘visionary’
bachelor of landscape architecture ‘39


Chloethiel Woodard Smith

Chloethiel Woodard Smith 1932

‘I’m an architect with a capital A. Being a woman has nothing to do with it.’
bachelor of architecture '32


(Ethan) Eyler Brown

(Ethan) Eyler Brown 1917

A ‘keen observer,’ Brown sketched in Europe, designed English Cottages
bachelor of architecture ’17


Walter Church

Walter Church 1917

State Capitol planning project among Church’s commissions
bachelor of architecture '17