"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
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
Heads of Schools
The new Heads of School will be involved actively in the transition to the college structure. Their appointments are for an initial term of three years, subject to review.
Above (left to right): Associate Professor Liska Chan, Associate Professor Laura Vandenburgh, Professor Rich Margerum, and Associate Professor Kate Mondloch
School of Architecture & Environment: Liska Chan, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture. Chan has taught at the UO since 2001 and served as the head of the Landscape Architecture department from 2010 to 2015. Her creative practice involves mapping to examine and show landscape change. Chan was recently honored by the Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects with the Lord & Schryver Award in recognition of her significant contributions to the achievement and recognition of women in landscape architecture.
School of Art + Design: Laura Vandenburgh, Associate Professor of Art. Vandenburgh has taught at the University of Oregon since 1998, and served as the Art Department Head from 2008 to 2014. Her drawing-based work has been exhibited in New York, Toronto, Portland, Seattle, Syracuse, Chicago, Montreal, and in Germany. Vandenburgh recently received a UO Fund for Faculty Excellence award and an Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant.
School of Planning, Public Policy and Management: Rich Margerum, Professor of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Margerum has taught at the UO since 2001 and has served as the head of the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management since 2005. His research areas include environmental planning, land-use issues and collaborative planning and management, decision making and evaluation of implementation. Margerum recently received a UO Fund for Faculty Excellence Award.
In addition, Associate Professor Kate Mondloch will continue to serve as head of the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, which will remain an independent department within the College of Design.
In addition to the new school name, the A&AA Library, which has served the college for more than 100 years, is now known as the Design Library. You’ll find the same great resources and helpful library staff, just working under a new name in keeping with the College of Design changes.
In January 2017, the then 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. On April 14, 2017, the University of Oregon approved the School of Architecture and Allied Arts' proposal to become the College of Design.
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 went into use officially on July 1, 2017.
Read more about this exciting evolution at AroundtheO.
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. 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.
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