Message from the Dean
colleagues, coworkers, and alumni, greetings.
June we celebrate the diverse accomplishments of nearly 300 members of the CBE
Class of 2012: 4 students will receive their Ph.D. degree in the Built
Environment, 3 the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning; 42
students will receive the professional Master of Architecture, 3 the Master of
Science in Architecture, 21 the Master of Science in Construction Management,
15 the professional Master of Landscape Architecture, 31 the professional
Master of Urban Planning, 12 the Master of Science in Real Estate, and 4 the
Master of Science of Infrastructure Planning and Management; 51 students will
receive their Bachelor of Art in Architecture degree, 51 the Bachelor of
Science in Construction Management, 20 the professional Bachelor of Landscape
Architecture, and 39 the Bachelor of Art in Community, Environment, and
Planning. We congratulate all our graduating Huskies, and join their family and
friends in raising a toast to their full sails. More from the Dean...
In the Spotlight
Steven Holl Named UW's 2012 Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus
By Stuart Glascock
wouldn’t expect the University of Washington’s 2012 Alumnus Summa Laude
Dignatus to sound like a rabble rouser, but listen to Steven Holl (B.A.,
Architecture, ’71) practically daring architecture students:
“Don’t be obedient,” he says. “Break the rules. Don’t take the program. It’s
just a bunch of bananas in a bag. Make architecture. Don’t be obedient.”
One of America’s most celebrated architects, Holl knows something about
charting his own path. He once won a fierce competition for an $86 million
addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City by jettisoning the
rules, which called for designs on the north face of an existing building. Holl
rejected their master plan and presented an entirely different vision. More...
Steven Rice, David Fergus, and Michael Miller Celebrate Firm Anniversary in LEED Platinum Office Space
Architecture alumni Steven Rice (BA '78, MA '82), David Fergus (MA '84), and Michael Miller (BA '78) of Rice Fergus Miller Architecture and Urban Planning recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of moving into their new office space in Bremerton, WA. This is no ordinary office space; at their anniversary party they received and hung a plaque certifying the building as LEED Platinum. It is one of many LEED Platinum buildings in the US, but only one of 4 LEED Platinum buildings to have a score of 91 or higher. Out of those 4, it is the only renovation. The most remarkable part is that the old Sears Automotive building in downtown Bremerton was uninhabitable and had sat empty and decaying for over 20 years before they began the transformation. Read more…
Alum and Oakley CEO Colin Baden Talks About Architecture and Product Design
to UW regional development officer Erika Kreger and Catherine O’Donnell, a
writer for UW News and Information.
Baden, ’84, is chief executive officer of Oakley, the southern California firm
specializing in high-performance optical wear and apparel. With 5,000 employees
and $1.3 billion in sales, Oakley sells its products in 100 countries around
joining Oakley, however, Baden worked for several urban planning and
architecture firms, designing such buildings as the Mercer Island Library. He
joined Oakley in 1995.
In a recent interview, 50-year-old Baden talked
about his time at the UW and subsequent work, including connections between
architecture and retail product design. Continue reading in Alumni News...
Camino, the Flying Architect
Camino (BA, Arch ’81, M.Arch ’84) has been piloting his Piper Comanche N8871P
airplane to remote project sites for the last 15 years, gaining him the title
of “The Flying Architect.” Bruce was fascinated with aviation as a boy, and always
dreamed of working for NASA as an astronaut. He has achieved his goal of
working for NASA – as an architect with the unique expertise of a pilot. Read
more about his high-flying work and philanthropic adventures, shared with
permission by the International Comanche Society.
MUP Grad Sara Zora in Shaping Seattle's Bicycle Master Plan
National Bike Month and Associate Transportation Planner at the Seattle
Department of Transportation and CBE alumnus Sara (Robertson) Zora (MUP ’06) is
working on Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan. She asks YOU for help in shaping
Seattle’s bicycling future! From Sara:
Talk About Biking: SDOT is updating the Bicycle Master Plan and we want to hear
from you. Whether you’re a frequent cyclist, or are thinking of trying it for
the first time— tell us and show us where you’d like future improvements and
what issues are priorities. Here is the link to get to the survey and mapping
tool launch page – please pass the word along so that we can get as much input
as possible. Thank you!
Guthrie Nichol Wins the National Mall Competition for Union Square
Guthrie Nichol principal and CBE Landscape Architecture Professional Advisory Council
member Grant Stewart shared that GGN with its architectural partner firm David
Brody Bond were selected as the winners for the National Mall Design
Competition for the Union Square project. The competition, organized by the
Trust for the National Mall, was a three-stage process through which a jury of
eight esteemed professionals selected a design team for each of the three
re-design sites of the National Mall. See a rendering of the project on GGN's site.
CBE In the Media
CBE's Studio Roundup
Australia and Denmark to Vashon Island and Seattle-area neighborhoods, CBE’s
studio courses continue to provide enriching community experiences for students
locally and abroad. Read more...
Job with the National Park Service: Student Intern Profiles
and BetsyInternships are a coveted part of the educational experience for many
CBE students. Two of the many students currently holding internships are Betsy
Anderson (MLA candidate) and Erica Bush (MLA and MUP candidate). Betsy and
Erica are interning with the with the National Park Service’s Pacific West
Regional Office in downtown Seattle. They offered to share with us how this
professional exposure is making an impact on them. Betsy and
Erica share their experiences with the NPS in College News.
Captures Furniture Studio’s 23 Years of History in New Book
new book Furniture Studio: Materials, Craft, and Architecture, Professor
Jeffrey K. Ochsner explores the 23-year history of the Furniture Studio through
the experiences of the students and faculty involved in this distinctive course.
From the UW Press description: Furniture Studio
explores the origins, methods, results, and influence of the unique and highly
successful furniture design and fabrication studios offered by the University
of Washington Department of Architecture. The furniture program, initiated by
Andris Vanags, is an immersion into the role of materials, design, and making
in architectural education. Students directly engage the physical properties of
materials, and the knowledge gained through this engagement enriches the design
and fabrication process. The experiences of its graduates reveal that the
studio fosters creative thinking that truly integrates design and making. Read more in the UW Today.
Way Awarded Research Fellowship at Penn State
announced that Associate Professor Thaïsa Way, Ph.D., ASLA, is the inaugural
A.E. Bye/Landscape Architecture Archives Research Fellow for Penn State’s
Department of Landscape Architecture, Stuckeman School of Architecture and
Landscape Architecture. As a landscape historian, Way will research the
drawings, papers, photographs and videos of 20th-century American landscape
architect A. E. Bye, as well as the work of his contemporaries, John Bracken
and Stuart Mertz.
Largen (BA Urban Planning '86, MUP '89)
sad to announce the passing of Department of Urban Design and Planning alumnus
Donald B Largen; he was a victim in the Café Racer shooting in Seattle on
Wednesday, May 30, 2012.
a very early advocate of active living and a pioneer in promoting walking and
biking as integral modes of urban travel. His 1989 MUP thesis entitled “The
Greenlake Bike Path: An Evaluation of Use and Methods” was the first detailed study
of the use of Seattle's Greenlake Trail and Don spent inordinate amounts of
time counting and observing trail users to substantiate his thesis. As a
result, his work was integrated into Seattle Parks and Recreation policies for
maintaining and improving this popular facility.
his time as a student in UDP, Don worked closely with professors Anne Vernez
Moudon, Dennis Ryan, and George Rolfe, among others, and earned his Bachelor of
Arts in Urban Planning in 1984 and his Master of Urban Planning degree and
Urban Design certificate in 1989. After earning his degrees, Don worked as a
land use planner in Washington State for many years, and loved playing his
saxophone. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Photo from LinkedIn.com. Seattle Times article...
Leslie Grey Jr. (Emeritus Faculty, Department of Urban Design and Planning)
Leslie Grey Jr., Urban Planning professor and multi-faceted scholar, passed
away on February 12, 2012. Read the memorial proclamation from King County
Executive Dow Constantine. Read more on Legacy.com...
Holm (MSPCI '06)
Holm lost his long courageous battle with cancer at the age of 55 on February
7, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Read more on Legacy.com...
"Chuck" A. Metcalf (BA Architecture '53)
Metcalf, architecture grad and bassist in the Seattle jazz community, passed
away on January 11, 2012 at the age of 81. Read more...
Molver (BA Architecture '51)
Anker I. Molver passed away on November 11,
2011, in Seattle, after a brief illness. Read more on Legacy.com...
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