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Message from the Interim Dean

John SchaufelbergerFall is definitely in the air in Seattle. Though we will miss the warmth of summer, we are excited to start another academic year and welcome incoming and returning students to the College of Built Environments.  Dean Daniel Friedman is taking a year of professional leave to write a book, so it is my pleasure to serve as Interim Dean of the college until his return next June. Many exciting things are happening this year at the college.  Continue to the Dean's Message...

In the Spotlight


By Peter Kelly, UW Today
Stephen O'ConnorStephen O’Connor started this month as the new director of the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies in the UW College of Built Environments.

O’Connor, with a doctorate in urban planning and policy development from Rutgers and a master of science in design from Harvard University, has been an adjunct professor at Rutgers University since 1992. O’Connor has taught about housing, site planning and real estate development at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also runs his own national real estate consulting firm.

O’Connor succeeds George Rolfe, the center’s director since 2008. Rolfe praised his successor as “enthusiastic and dynamic” and said O’Connor impressed students during his campus interview.

John Schaufelberger, interim dean, said that in his courses O’Connor addresses the needs of the social as well as physical infrastructure of communities. “Stephen’s true passion lies in social equity and the production of affordable housing,” he said. 

Alumni News


Otani Family

Mike, Julia, David, and Sylvia Otani

In the Otani family, beach vacations and road trips to the Grand Canyon are rare. 

“We really like the built environment,” Sylvia Otani (BA1966 Architecture) said, seated beside her husband David Otani (BA 1961 Urban Design and Planning).

“So that really keys into our travel plans.”

The architectural focus of these family vacations resonated through the family. Of the five Otani family members, four are graduates of the College of Built Environments — each holds either a degree or certificate from one of the college’s four departments. Continue reading...


Landscape in Britain

Above: Prof. Streatfield, wearing a former London Fireman's cape embellished with gold braid, lectures to the class in Tom Quad, the main quadrangle of Christ Church College, Oxford

In June 1972, the Department of Landscape Architecture offered its first study abroad program, Landscape Architecture in Great Britain. A small group of the programʼs alumni gathered with Professor David Streatfield on Monday 20th August to celebrate the 40th Reunion with a long walk in the Arboretum.  Read more...


George Nakashima: A Master's Furniture and Philosophy is on exhibit Nakashima Artthrough January 20, 2013 at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle. From the Wing Luke Museum: A leading mid-20th century designer in woodworking, 1929 UW architecture graduate George Nakashima (1905-1990) is known for his fine detailing, finishing, and spirituality, stemmed from a deep kinship with nature. Featuring vintage Nakashima furniture, architectural drawings and sketches, follow how Nakashima's life experiences translated into his work and explore his legacy today.

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CBE in the Media


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College News


Afghan Studio
By Joe Veyera, Photo by Benjamin Hagood
The Department of Architecture has teamed up with Seattle-based Ayni Education International to design and build a school in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, the country’s fourth largest city. UW architecture students will design the layout of the school, which will begin construction this spring and serve girls in the area. Students interested in designing the school enroll in a quarter-long course at the UW. The school is set to be complete in one to two years. Read more...


Biotrash ProjectBiotrash: Video Game, App, and Interactive Website project won Landscape student Leann Andrews the ASLA Honor Award in Communications. Watch a video demo of the game here. Congratulations to Leann, and to the landscape team that won an Honor Award in Community Service for Escuela Ecologica Saludale Initiative (lead by Professor Ben Spencer and Susan Bolton) including Andrews, Jonathan Jue, Daniel Shaw, Laura Denman, Kate Walford, Ryan Ulsberger, Tobey Clarkin, and Alexa Celerian.

Urban SupershedThe AIA announced the winners of this year’s Pacific Region Student Design Awards, and the Spring 2012 Howard S. Wright Neighborhood Design/Build Studio project, the Urban Supershed led by Steve Badanes and Jake LaBarre, claimed top honors. The project served three clients and was designed and built by seventeen students, from Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Construction Management, and Real Estate, in less than eleven weeks and for less than $11K. Other AIA Merit Award Winners: Kate Weiland for Native Spaces/Native Actions/Native Traditions, Xiaochen Zhang for Neighborhood Ribbon, and Robert Potish for a Trappist Monastery.

UrbanHarvestThe winner of the $25,000 Grand Prize + $2,500 Best Clean-Tech Idea from the Foster School's Business Plan Competition is UrbanHarvest, a company co-founded by Christopher Bajuk, MSRE student. From the Foster School: UW’s UrbanHarvest will grow the healthiest, tastiest and most environmentally sustainable produce available anywhere, all on a rooftop near you. “We are two locally raised, UW-educated military veterans creating green, sustainable business,” says Bajuk. A pilot project is underway to build a rooftop, hydroponic greenhouse on a Microsoft garage. They reduce the fossil fuel burn of transporting produce from elsewhere to consume locally.



Maya Jacobs“It’s hard to describe how endearing it is to look over my shoulder and see a line of cycling children stretching a block behind me. I feel like a mama duck, leading a line of two-wheeled ducklings,” CEP student Maya Jacobs writes in an article for Yes! Magazine. She is tackling the problem of how to get kids biking, in age where parents fear the dangers of kids biking alone. The University of Washington has identified Maya as a “Commuter Champion.” Jacobs explains: “Bike trains—in which an adult chaperone rides a predetermined route, picking up children along the way—are a way to make it easier, and safer, for kids to bike to school.” Read more about bike trains how you can take part….

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Faculty News


Jay TaylorJay A. Taylor (BA Architecture ’80) has been named the inaugural Barry Onouye Endowed Chair at the UW Department of Architecture. Now a practicing structural engineer and Principal/Shareholder at international engineering firm Magnuson Klemencic Associates, Jay and architect Rick Mohler will co-teach a UW graduate-level design studio on the symbiotic nature of structure and architecture in fall 2012, and Taylor will co-present a spring 2013 seminar class with David Miller Architecture Dept. Chair. The Barry Onouye Endowed Chair was created by alumnus Malcolm Goodfellow (Read more about this great honorary gift in UW Today).


David StreatfieldHistory was made on May 31st. As Professor Emeritus David Streatfield was wrapping up the last lecture in his History of Environmental Design in The Pacific Northwest class, a group of strangers invaded, his colleagues and a number of former students who had come to celebrate "Streatfield's last lecture" in a teaching career of almost 48 years, 41 of which were at UW.

Since retiring from teaching Professor Streatfield remains active. He is working on several landscape history projects, and a family history of his ancestors. He walks almost every day. In July he received the 'Oldest Participant' medal in the "Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run and Walk.” He is shown at left giving an extended and passionate riff on the importance of regular exercise.

The Department of Landscape Architecture extends thanks to Professor Streatfield for enriching us with your lectures throughout the years and your teaching abroad.  We will truly miss you as you pursue your endeavors beyond the Rogue's Gallery!

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In Memoriam


Kenichi NakanoFrom a message sent by Jeff Hou to alumni, students, and friends on 8/9/12: It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that our dear friend and colleague Kenichi Nakano passed away earlier this week after battling with cancer. Kenichi was one of the very first graduates of our program. Graduated with a BLA in 1968, he went on to study and receive a MLA from Harvard. Upon returning to Seattle, Kenichi has taught for many years in the department before starting his own private practice and established his office Nakano Associates in 1991. Even after years of practice, Kenichi still described teaching as his no. 1 passion. Read the rest of the message here... Kenichi's family has established a scholarship fund to support students in Landscap Architecture. Memorials in honor of Kenichi can be made by donating to the "Kenichi Nakano Scholarship Fund"www.be.washington.edu/gifts/nakano.


Andrew Doyle passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 5, 2012, in a Seattle hospital. Read more...


"One of the Grand Old Men in Northwest Architecture" was how Pacific Northwest Magazine referred to Robert McKay Shields in 1986. Bob died on Sunday, July 1, 2012, at age 95. Read more...

Upcoming Events

BE Involved

Please join us for the BE Lecture Series, colloquia, industry speakers, and more.  Keep up to date on the latest happenings by visiting: www.be.washington.edu/Events

  • Thursday, October 25 @ reception 6:00 pm, event at 6:30 pm– Architecture Hall 147 – 47N Event
    Film Screening "The Hall of Giants: The Story of Fremont and its Troll"
    Join 47N for a film screening and Q&A with Steve Badanes and film director Michael Falcone.  "The Hall of Gaints" is a film about the people, place, and times that produced the Fremont Troll. A story about how public art can form communities, lasting accomplishments, and a greater sense of place. Winner of the Seattle City Artists grant award and the Fremont Art Council grant award. 47N is a student organized series funded by the PAC (Professional Advisory Council – Department of Architecture)
  • W Day - Wear Your Husky Purple! November 2, 2012
    Show your Purple Pride and celebrate the UW’s birthday. All Huskies and members of the community are invited! 
  • Student Calling Program November-December 2012
    UW student callers help the University keep in touch with alumni and friends by giving them an opportunity to talk to a current student about campus life, to update their contact information and to support the University. Learn how your gift has made a difference to one particular student caller. Calls to CBE alumni will start in early-November 2012.
  • Save the Date - Construction Industry Research Conference (CIRC)












Upcoming Events

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November 2, 2012
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November 7, 2012
Student Calling Begins


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