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…


July 3, 2018

UW researchers improve a floating community in the Amazon

Staying Afloat By Brooke Fisher, Communications Manager for Civil & Environmental Engineering Photos by Rebecca Neumann and Leann Andrews It takes a village to save a village. A floating village, that is. Drawing on the expertise of researchers from six different UW departments, an interdisciplinary team of researchers is working to improve the health and living conditions…


June 29, 2018

A greener smile

Isabelle de Mozenette, a recent Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP) graduate, approached the UW School of Dentistry early this year with a plan to replace some of the plastic toothbrushes handed out to patients with ones that have bamboo handles. She quickly gained the approval of Dr. Ricardo Schwedhelm, Associate Dean of Clinics, and then…


Diversifying the Landscape Architecture profession through K-12 outreach

Original article Diversifying the Profession Through K-12 Outreach by Allison Ong (MLA ’18) In the first year of my MLA, I was assigned a review of Gina Ford, FASLA’s talk, “Into an Era of Landscape Humanism.” Her opening words have stayed with me ever since: “Fifty years ago,” she begins, “the voice of our profession was eerily…


May 9, 2018

Ten honored with new CBE Distinguished Faculty Award for Lifetime Achievement

Update: Please RSVP here for the New Academic Year Reception and Distinguished Faculty Awards event on October 9, 2018 at the UW Club. We are pleased to announce the 10 individuals who have been selected to receive the newly established CBE Distinguished Faculty Award for Lifetime Achievement. We will publicly celebrate these honorees at the…


April 19, 2018

Vikram Prakash’s ‘ArchitectureTalk’ podcast explores topics ‘at the edge of the known’

Vikram Prakash says his weekly “ArchitectureTalk” podcast got its start, as many things do, from a student’s idea. Prakash is a professor of architecture and an architect himself. He is also an author, a theorist and an architectural historian. He said he has always felt “energized” by discussions in seminars and at conferences of “impromptu topics…


April 10, 2018

Meet the two CBE students in the Husky 100

Established in 2015, the Husky 100 recognizes students from all three UW campuses who are making the most of their Husky Experience – the collection of transformative educational experiences that help UW students discover their passions in life and work, become independent thinkers and gain skills that lead to meaningful leadership opportunities and rewarding careers. Nominated by…


April 3, 2018

Real estate department named in honor of Jon and Judy Runstad

The College of Built Environments Department of Real Estate, formerly the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies, has been named in honor of Jon and Judy Runstad. The Runstads established the real estate program in the college in 1999 by creating an endowed fund that led to the establishment of the Runstad Center for Real…


March 19, 2018

City of Bellevue selected as 2018-2019 UW Livable City Year partner

The University of Washington of Washington Livable City Yearprogram has selected the City of Bellevue to be the community partner for the 2018-2019 academic year. The year-long partnership connects city staff with students and faculty who will collaborate on projects to advance the Bellevue City Council Vision Priorities, specifically around livability and sustainability. “The city is excited about the…


March 14, 2018

Renée Cheng named dean of the College of Built Environments

Portrait of Renee Cheng

Renée Cheng, FAIA has been named dean of the College of Built Environments. Her appointment is set to begin Jan. 1, 2019. John Schaufelberger will continue in his role as dean until December 31, 2018. “The College of Built Environments is a unique collection of disciplines that together, have unparalleled access to, and impact on, the…


March 9, 2018

2018 Pritzker Prize winner interviewed by Professor Vikram Prakash

Designed around an engaging conversation, ArchitectureTalk is a podcast hosted by Dr. Vikramāditya “Vikram” Prakāsh, Professor of Architecture. ArchitectureTalk explores issues in contemporary architecture. Professor Balkrishna Doshi, of India, has been selected as the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate. The Pritzker Architecture Prize is awarded to a living architect or architects whose built work demonstrates a combination…


February 27, 2018

Spring Breaker: MLA Student heads to Peru for Population Health

MLA 2018 candidate Nicky Bloom has been named the landscape architect InterACTION Exchange Fellow and will spend her spring break in Iquitos, Peru to participate in our ongoing Population Health Initiative grant activities with the design team of Nancy Rottle, Coco Alarcon, Leann Andrews, Ben Spencer, Ken Yocom (remotely), and three Peruvian architects and engineers.  Specifically, they’ll be designing a…


February 15, 2018

Cross-laminated timber could ‘forge new links between lands and people’

Construction workers move timber on job site

A new type of fire-resistant wood reduces atmospheric carbon and can be made of damaged trees. Could it revive depressed economies in Washington’s rural timber communities? STORY BY DEANNA DUFF | Columns Magazine Trees line the Madison Park neighborhood that Susan Jones calls home. A big vine-leaf maple shepherds guests to her front walk. This…


February 10, 2018

MIPM Alumna is UW’s first Seismic Resilience Program Manager

Last October, a University of Washington research team presented a study at The Geological Society of America’s annual meeting in Seattle that simulated 50 different scenarios for a magnitude-9.0 earthquake on the Cascadia subduction zone—a large rift in the Earth’s crust 50 miles off the Pacific Northwest coast. There, the Pacific sea floor of the Juan de Fuca…


February 9, 2018

Arch Alumna Mariam Kamara to Mentor under Sir David Adjaye

UW alumna Mariam Kamara (M.Arch ’13) has been named one of the protégés of this year’s Rolex Arts Initiative Protégée where she will be mentored by world-renowned architect Sir David Adjaye. This year, the award paired young talent with leaders in the fields of architecture, dance, literature, and music. Mariam is a founder and principal of atelier masomi, in…


January 5, 2018

City Unsilenced: Urban Resistance and Public Space in the Age of Shrinking Democracy

Jeff Hou is a professor of landscape architecture and adjunct professor of urban design and planning in the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments. His research, teaching and practice focus on community design, design activism, cross-cultural learning and engaging marginalized communities in planning and design. Hou has written extensively on the agency of citizens and communities in…