Search for new A&AA dean under way
Nominations and applications are being sought for dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, with the goal of recruiting a new leader by fall 2016. Professor Scott Pratt, dean of the Graduate School, is leading the search, assisted by executive search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates.
Studio tackles Redmond highway redesign
Students in a landscape architecture studio are working with the City of Redmond and the Oregon Department of Transportation on ways to build a “multi-way boulevard” through Redmond. It’s part of UO’s Sustainable Cities Year Program, which encourages innovative classes with real-world outcomes.
Sustainable Cities kicks off 2015 year
The 2015-16 Sustainable Cities Year Program with the City of Redmond officially kicked off with a gala celebration at the UO’s Ford Alumni Center October 1. During the yearlong partnership, students, and faculty members will pour 50,000 hours of work into applied projects with sustainability-focused solutions.
UO student team wins global design prize
A University of Oregon landscape architecture student team defeated professional competitors to take first prize in a global innovation challenge to improve the food system, winning $10,000 and advancement to a prototype round. The team now will be provided business incubation support and an opportunity to win $100,000 and move their design to production. The students were in a class taught by Instructors Anne Godfrey and Emma Froh.
American Society of Landscape Architects elevates Ribe to Fellow
The American Society of Landscape Architects has elevated Robert Ribe, professor in the UO Department of Landscape Architecture, to the ASLA Council of Fellows. Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions based on their works, leadership, management, knowledge, and service. The new class of Fellows will be recognized at the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO November 6-9 in Chicago, Illinois.
Class designs, installs Lawrence Hall courtyard garden
Students in a Plants class taught by Instructor Arica Duhrkoop-Galas designed then installed a new garden in the Lawrence Hall courtyard during spring term. The site, where a large Horse chestnut tree fell in a snowstorm in 2014, now provides a colorful, aromatic, and meditative space for everyone in A&AA. “It was important to me to have happy plants that would be both visually attractive and fragrant,” says the site’s designer, third-year BLA student Peter Obermeyer. “I wanted plants that can reduce stress.”
Gilman Scholars: 5 of 11 are A&AA students
Five of the 11 University of Oregon students awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to fund their summer 2015 study abroad programs are students in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts. Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward study abroad costs. The A&AA students are: • Halley Anderson — Japan, architecture • Josie Christensen — Palau, art and anthropology • Alfredo Gonzalez-Cruz — Italy, architecture • Zak Johnson — Japan, landscape architecture • Amanda Oliver — Palau, digital arts and anthropology
Centennial: 2010s look forward to new A&AA home
A&AA is wrapping up its 100th anniversary this month after a full year of events, exhibitions, and celebrations. The school is now embarking on a capital campaign to imagine the future of art and design education and facilities for the next 100 years. In envisioning the school’s future, the A&AA Building Project Work Group in January issued a request for proposals (RFP) from student teams for a competition to design a transformative learning environment for A&AA. In May, the finalists were announced.
Centennial: 1990s consolidates A&AA spaces
In the fall of 1987, the Oregon Legislature approved $8.03 million for a long-awaited “Architecture and Allied Arts Addition and Alteration” project at UO. The move marked the fulfillment of a twenty-two year commitment to expand A&AA that began in 1965. The project was direly needed, as Wilmot “Bill” Gilland, then dean of A&AA, said during the dedication of the project after it was completed, in 1991: To give you some idea of what this change means, let me just recount my own experience in studio locations during the past twenty-two years. When I first came to Oregon I had a studio on the second floor of the old Boiler Plant adjacent to the then woodshop, so conversations were often impossible and tables were blessed with sawdust. [Later] I had a studio on the North Site on the second floor of the old Farmhouse, where the roof leaked and it was so cold that students had to wear gloves while drawing.
A&AA student research wide-ranging at Graduate Research Forum
More than a dozen A&AA students presented a broad range of work at the recent Graduate Research Forum held at the Ford Alumni Center, with architecture students Annie Chiang, Ryan Dirks, Lindsay Rasmussen, Eric Schmidt, and Ashly Tuffo winning a prize for their poster, "An Energy Analysis of The Stellar Apartments."