University of Oregon

School of Architecture and Allied Arts


Scholarship opens personal door to China

Note to students wanting to live and work—and skateboard—abroad:  Trust your mother. Erik Thorbeck did, and soon he’ll be off to China on a $20,000 scholarship program made possible by his dedication to learning Chinese. A junior with a double major in Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM) and Chinese, Thorbeck will use his David L. Boren Scholarship to study land use law and urban renewal in China from January to September 2015.

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A&AA presents 100 alumni stories

The academic year 2014-15 marks the 100th year since the School of Architecture and Allied Arts was established. As we explored the school’s archives preparing for our centennial celebrations, we found a treasure-trove of photos tracing the school’s physical changes as well as changes in faculty, leadership, and students. We will share some of those images with you in every e-news this year, beginning with this issue.

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A&AA welcomes new faculty

A&AA welcomes three new tenure-track faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year.

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Michael Graves in Portland October 9

Alessi teapots, Target clocks, Disney Dolphin Hotels, and the Washington Monument restoration—Michael Graves has influenced a generation of American design with a breadth few architects in history have matched.

The Portland Building


Mobile tool shop for houseless debuts to public Saturday, September 13

The public is invited to the debut of a mobile tool shop for houseless people needing to make, repair or maintain housing, bicycles, and other personal items. The event, which will include workshops on bicycle and dwelling maintenance such as tent repair, will take place Saturday, September 13, at Opportunity Village Eugene, 111 N. Garfield St. at 1 p.m. The mobile tool shop was designed and built by The Common Good—initially comprised of designBridge students from the University of Oregon Department of Architecture but now including members of Opportunity Village Eugene.

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