University of Oregon

School of Architecture and Allied Arts

The new UO College of Design

Announcing the College of Design


We are pleased to share the news that the School of Architecture and Allied Arts’ proposal to become the College of Design has been approved by the University of Oregon.

Our entire academic community, including our faculty, staff, current students, and alumni provided valuable input in the development of the college. We believe that this evolution will benefit our students, faculty, and alumni alike. 

“Design is in the center of everything we do. We believe that we can create a better world using the power of design,” said Art Gensler, FAIA and founder of Gensler, of the new University of Oregon College of Design. 

The College of Design name will be used beginning July 1, 2017. The School of Architecture and Allied Arts name will remain in use through the end of the current academic year. 

Read more about the exciting news at AroundtheO.


"As the home of creativity at the UO, the new College of Design will unlock our ability to achieve new levels of success, building on a tradition of innovation dating back over 100 years. Our new name signals a shared commitment to creative problem solving, original thinking, and real-world engagement."

– Christoph Lindner, Dean and Professor




In January 2017, the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, led by Dean Christoph Lindner, made a proposal to UO Provost Scott Coltrane to restructure the school as a college composed of three schools and one independent department.

College of Design

  • School of Architecture & Environment
  • School of Art + Design
  • School of Planning, Public Policy and Management
  • Department of the History of Art and Architecture

Forming this new college grew from a long-standing goal shared by many departments of creating a structure that reflects the collaborative, interdisciplinary history and traditions of the school.

Over its century-long history, the School of Architecture and Allied Arts has grown from a small school with no departments, to a large and complex community of about 125 faculty members and 2,000 students, offering nearly 30 undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates.

A college structure will provide parity with peer institutions, clear identities for the diverse programs within the college, and academic clusters that allow intellectual and curricular innovation and collaboration. The model also creates a sustainable framework for future development and continued growth.

Throughout fall 2016, faculty and staff explored the idea of restructuring through a series of work sessions and surveys. Informed by feedback from those, Dean Lindner tasked a college strategy working group composed of tenure track and non-tenure track faculty from all departments and programs with compiling faculty and staff input and developing several frameworks for possible restructuring.

The working group’s report was shared with all faculty and staff, who provided feedback to their unit heads. Dean Lindner also brought the proposal to students through an open forum and feedback-gathering period. Informed by that feedback, the dean, associate deans, and department and program heads unanimously decided to proceed with the proposal to transition the School of Architecture & Allied Arts to the College of Design.

Department and program faculties generated the school names by consensus within each school. The College of Design name emerged from naming parties, a faculty survey, and extended discussion with school leadership.

New Organizational Structure
College Diagram