Students in a Plants class taught by Instructor Arica Duhrkoop-Galas designed then installed a new garden in the Lawrence Hall courtyard during spring term. The site, where a large Horse chestnut tree fell in a snowstorm in 2014, now provides a colorful, aromatic, and meditative space for everyone in A&AA. “It was important to me to have happy plants that would be both visually attractive and fragrant,” says the site’s designer, third-year BLA student Peter Obermeyer. “I wanted plants that can reduce stress.”
A&AA is saying farewell this month to Frances Bronet who served as Dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts from 2005 until August 2014 when she was appointed Acting Senior Vice President and Provost at the UO.
Professor Mark Gillem, FAIA, is among 14 University of Oregon faculty members chosen as recipients of the 2015-16 Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards. The awards honor tenured UO faculty at the forefront of research and discovery who have demonstrated academic excellence and world-class teaching. Gillem is the founder and director of the Urban Design Laboratory on campus and the principal of the Urban Collaborative, an award-winning urban design firm.
Jack Ryan, associate professor in the UO Department of Art and founding director of UO’s CoreSTUDIO program, has been named a 2015 Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts. The prestigious award being presented by The Ford Family Foundation recognizes Oregon visual artists for demonstrated excellence of their work and potential for significant advancement in their practices of art. Ryan’s practice uses sound as a conduit to explore distortions in contemporary culture. He will receive a $25,000 unrestricted award.
Liz Zarro, a 2015 Product Design Program BFA graduate, wants to develop "products that are more than just products" and use design to improve people's lives. She designed an exoskeletal back support, called Origin, for Portland's wheelchair basketball team. The product reduces athletes' dependence on their hands for core stability and body repositioning. For her honors thesis project, Zarro designed a biomimetric shelving unit that she has titled Pinicola Shelves.