University of Oregon

School of Architecture and Allied Arts


'Kansei' research aims to link emotions to product design

Kiersten Muenchinger recently completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Hong Kong, where she analyzed ways to design consumers’ emotional responses into product features. Muenchinger, who directs the UO’s Department of Product Design, is the only American researcher working in that process, known as Kansei design. She hopes to expand UO exchanges with Asian universities that use Kansei methods.

Kiersten Muenchinger and students


Duck-filled firm ranks No. 1 in US overall and in sustainability

Designs by ZGF Architects include the UO’s Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes and the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex. Five of the firm’s current partners are A&AA architecture alumni and more than 70 other A&AA graduates currently work for the firm as designers.

ZGF website


Earthworm-inspired design wins big for landscape students

The student team’s innovative Living Filtration System, created to help farmers keep nutrients in the soil, wins the Living Product Prize in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. The $10,000 award makes them eligible for the $100,000 grand prize, which will be announced October 22.

Matt Jorgensen, Casey Howard, and Alison Lewis


Paralympics athletes get a boost in Rio from UO product design students’ concepts for wheelchair rugby gear

Wheelchair rugby athletes at the Rio 2016 Paralympics this month are getting an edge from gear designed in part by students in a University of Oregon product design studio. A story in the October 2016 Portland Monthly shows how the US national team worked with UO in Portland students to create performance-boosting wearable designs, including arm guards and gloves.

 gear designed in part by students in a UO product design studio


Air Jordan developer Tinker Hatfield, an A&AA alumnus, discusses brand’s history

“I felt like there was something missing,” Tinker Hatfield, BArch ’77, tells Sneakernews in its September 12 issue, remembering how he has helped design Duck athletes’ traveling gear since 2011. “I felt like there could be this excitement driven by leveraging the history of the Jordan Brand.” In the Sneakernews story, Hatfield looks back at the entire line of Air Jordan shoes from 2011 to today’s Air Jordan XIV, including a peek at his design sketches.

Hatfield and Jordan