December 4, 2018

‘Carbon accountability’: UW architecture professor Kate Simonen sees progress in work to reduce embodied carbon in construction materials

Peter Kelley UW News “We acknowledge that we hold this world in trust and recognize the immediate threat climate change and its impacts pose to current and future generations,” reads a statement signed this fall by more than 100 construction-related companies and nonprofits. Kate Simonen “We must act urgently and collaboratively to transform the built environment…

December 3, 2018

UPDATED: AIA “Guides for Equitable Practice” now publicly available

UPDATE The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has publicly released “Guides for Equitable Practice.” Download the Guides WASHINGTON – Nov. 29, 2018 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the University of Minnesota are helping shape architecture firm culture by releasing the first three chapters of the “Guides for Equitable Practice” to AIA members today. AIA…

November 21, 2018

Parks help cities – but only if people use them

Written by Thaisa Way, faculty director of Urban@UW and Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture in the College of Built Environments. In cities, access to parks is strongly linked with better health for both people and neighborhoods. Children suffer higher rates of obesity when they grow up in urban areas without a park in easy reach. Because low-income neighborhoods have fewer green spaces, poorer children…

November 14, 2018

National Science Foundation grant to fund research on urbanization and the ecosystem

Professor Marina Alberti, Ph.D. has been awarded a five-year, $500,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate and understand how humans and their settlements affect the planet’s ecosystem. Professor Alberti is Associate Dean for Research in the College of Built Environments and director of the Urban Ecology Research Lab (UERL). According to the grant…

October 30, 2018

Valuing older buildings: Architecture professor’s book argues for reuse rather than wrecking ball

Peter Kelley UW News In her new book, Kathryn Rogers Merlino, University of Washington associate professor of architecture, argues for the environmental benefit of reusing buildings rather than tearing them down and building anew. “I was trained as both an architect and architectural historian,” Merlino says, “and have always been drawn to older buildings and the…

October 15, 2018

Landscape Architecture Foundation Perspectives: Jeffrey Hou

Jeffrey Hou, ASLA is a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Washington. There, his work and research focus on issues of social and environmental justice including design activism, public space and democracy, and engagement of marginalized groups in design and planning. What drew you to landscape architecture? I would say education and a trip…

October 10, 2018

KUOW covers launch of Livable City Year’s partnership with Bellevue

Students in Bellevue, WA

Every year, students at the UW study a city and help that city with its biggest problems. This year, they’ll study Bellevue. Running a city like Bellevue, a person can get consumed by the problems of the day. “Our staff are so busy, because of the level of service we provide to the city residents,”…

August 15, 2018

Why do so many new apartment buildings in Seattle look the same?

Video Interview with Assistant Professor Rick Mohler by Eric Keto, KCTS9 Read the rest on Crosscut >

August 7, 2018

Celebrating the Life of Richard Haag, Founder of UW Department of Landscape Architecture

Emeritus Professor Richard Haag (1923-2018) founded and served as the first Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington and rose to prominence as one of the most celebrated landscape architects and beloved professors in the College of Built Environments. Richard made it known he did not want an obituary or…

July 14, 2018

Sound Transit rail stations could help solve our housing crisis

The entrance to the Capitol Hill Light Rail station

All of Sound Transit’s LINK light-rail stations offer opportunities to create vibrant, walkable mixed-use communities with significant amounts of new housing and reduced dependence on automobiles. By Rick Mohler and Al Levine Special to The Seattle Times We need a bold, regional approach to housing affordability. As a recent Seattle Times editorial notes, Seattle alone cannot solve our…

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