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AIA Honors and Awards Luncheon

Celebrating design excellence at the AIA New York Chapter’s Honors and Awards Luncheon on April 21. This year’s honorees include former UW Department of Architecture faculty member, Sharron Egretta Sutton, FAIA. Dr. Sutton is an activist educator and scholar who promotes inclusivity in the cultural makeup of the city-making professions and in the populations they…

On Earth Day, check your privilege

On the first Earth Day 47 years ago Saturday, some 20 million Americans marched to focus attention on the need to protect our environment. Here in Seattle, many of us say we care about the environment, but it is communities of color and poor and low-income people who are bearing the brunt of environmental pollution…

A Visual Tool for Guiding Urban Change

Photo-powered “urban diaries” can give residents a powerful new way to contribute to the dialogue that shapes their cities.  Affiliate faculty Chuck Wolfe explains:   At this moment of epic political gridlock at the national level, localism is back. Increasingly, cities are devising local solutions to the pressing challenges of the 21st century — from transportation…

Mexico City Studio: Affordable Housing in a Mega-City

Gallery Reception Wednesday, April 26, 2017 6:00 p.m.  Location: Gould Pavilion Register for the event For 12 CBE students, their home, studio, and living laboratory for winter quarter was Mexico City. With a population of almost 25 million people, Mexico City is facing critical deficiencies in infrastructure, transportation, and affordability. For the fourth Mexico City Studio,…

CBE Husky 100 Student: Ru’a Al-Abweh

Planning with People and Questioning the Answer Throughout fall quarter, second year Master of Urban Planning student Ru’a Al-Abweh spent much of her time listening to people’s stories for her thesis project. She asked them about where life had taken them and how this had shaped what home and community mean to them. People contemplated…

2017 CBE Research Open Labs

Data, Climate Change, and Design May 19, 2017 Gould Court 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. Organized by the College of Built Environments in collaboration with Urban@UW RSVP Now How can we use the rapidly increasing available data and data analytics to create better urban design and policies to address climate change? Six panelists will share their…

Designing on our National Treasure: The National Museum of African American History and Culture

Zena Howard, AIA Wednesday, May 17, 2017 6:00 p.m.  Location: UW Seattle campus Presented by: the College of Built Environments Register for the event Zena’s presentation will focus on how the design team behind the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture realized the owner’s vision for creating a distinctive new cultural experience…

Moving Toward Zero: Q&A with Associate Professor Kate Simonen

What is the Carbon Leadership Forum and why is the group is relevant?   The Carbon Leadership Forum is a collaborative research effort between industry and academics. The group is focused on understanding and reducing the total life cycle carbon emissions in buildings. In particular, we study embodied carbon emissions—or the emissions that takes place…

Design in Drawing: A Year-long Workshop Series

The Department of Landscape Architecture has joined forces with Seattle’s GGN firm to launch a series of weekend workshops, which focuses on representation in design. Drawing is a means of thinking and it is a language of dialogue. “Drawing is a language that expands and enhances our visions for the future of our landscapes and…

Protectors of the Presidio – Alumni Robert and Christina Wallace

Robert Wallace, B.A.E.D. ’77, M.Arch. ’83 and his wife, fellow UW graduate Christina Wallace, ’85 have spent the last 24 years in charge of restoring and preserving one of the oldest continuously operating military posts in the United States – the Presidio of San Francisco. Now converted to a national park, the 1,491 acre Presidio…

New Books: Planning for a complex world

Three Urban Design and Planning faculty have published new books that cover long-term planning efforts, the complexities of intersecting ecology and the built environments, and what individuals can do to help planners make smart decisions. Cities That Think Like Planets: Complexity, Resilience, and Innovation in Hybrid Ecosystems By Marina Alberti, Professor of Urban Design and…

Celebrated Change Maker: Diane Sugimura

Diane Sugimura, MUP ’07 spent 38 years working for the City of Seattle and for the last 14 years of her career led the City’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD), responsible for the full range of development activities. During that time, she worked with six mayors and through the economic highs and lows experienced…