University of Oregon

School of Architecture and Allied Arts

A&AA in Portland

Join us in Portland

The A&AA programs at the University of Oregon in Portland connect with the city through teaching, research, creative work, and service activities. Portland is an extraordinary urban laboratory for A&AA's engaged and active students and faculty members.

The Department of Architecture offers the master’s of architecture degree (MArch) and the fifth year of study for undergraduate students in the bachelor of architecture degree (BArch) program.  The Historic Preservation Program offers a master of science (MS) in historic preservation. The Sports Product Design program in the Department of Product Design offers a master of science (MS) in sports product design, and the Department of Product Design offers a fifth year of study for students in the bachelor’s of fine arts (BFA) undergraduate degree.

UO Portland

The historic White Stag Block that houses the University of Oregon in Portland offers state-of-the-art technology, light-filled workspaces, a superb art and design library, and is located in the heart of Portland's Old Town and Chinatown. Sustainability practices are evident in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold-certified building and in the programs offered by the school. 

Portland’s creative culture

Portland’s creative arts and design community is recognized for its DIY culture and creative collaborations. From film and television production to arts education, Portland artists and designers have contributed to the quality of the life of this vibrant city. Students at the UO in Portland have worked with a number of nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and industry leaders as part of their professional education and creative pursuits.

Portland’s leadership in sustainability

The City of Portland is a national leader in urban sustainability policies. The city established the country's first sustainability bureau, which administers a wide range of innovative programs to improve energy conservation, air and water quality, building practices and green transportation alternatives. Portland's design and planning accomplishments are the subject of many national and international publications. The city's downtown regeneration, urban design innovations, regional growth policies, and land-use-transit planning are considered national models.

Portland students and faculty members have worked with the Portland Development Commission staff on an extensive series of projects, with many projects funded by research and community design grants.

One of the nation's few regional governments, Portland's METRO has worked with towns and municipalities to set urban growth boundaries, create policies to stimulate higher density in-fill development near existing centers and transit, and reduce sprawl while strengthening the city center. UO students and faculty members have partnered with Portland METRO on a number of projects including greenhouse gas reduction measures and a habitat competition. 

Many regional and national environmental organizations are headquartered in Portland. The University of Oregon maintains close ties with groups such as Cascadia Green Building Council, EcoDistricts, the Portland Building Enclosure Council and the Portland chapter of the American Institute of Architects.


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