University of Oregon

College of Design


Join us in Portland

Our programs at the University of Oregon in Portland connect with the city through teaching, research, creative work, and service activities. Portland is an extraordinary urban laboratory for our engaged and active students and faculty members.

The Department of Architecture offers the master’s of architecture degree (MArch) and the fifth year of study for undergraduate students in the bachelor of architecture degree (BArch) program.  The Historic Preservation Program offers a master of science (MS) in historic preservation. The Sports Product Design program in the Department of Product Design offers a master of science (MS) in sports product design, and the Department of Product Design offers a fifth year of study for students in the bachelor’s of fine arts (BFA) undergraduate degree.

UO Portland

The historic White Stag Block that houses the University of Oregon in Portland offers state-of-the-art technology, light-filled workspaces, a superb art and design library, and is located in the heart of Portland's Old Town and Chinatown. Sustainability practices are evident in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold-certified building and in the programs offered by the school. 

Portland’s creative culture

Portland’s creative arts and design community is recognized for its DIY culture and creative collaborations. From film and television production to arts education, Portland artists and designers have contributed to the quality of the life of this vibrant city. Students at the UO in Portland have worked with a number of nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and industry leaders as part of their professional education and creative pursuits.

Portland’s leadership in sustainability

The City of Portland is a national leader in urban sustainability policies. The city established the country's first sustainability bureau, which administers a wide range of innovative programs to improve energy conservation, air and water quality, building practices and green transportation alternatives. Portland's design and planning accomplishments are the subject of many national and international publications. The city's downtown regeneration, urban design innovations, regional growth policies, and land-use-transit planning are considered national models.

Portland students and faculty members have worked with the Portland Development Commission staff on an extensive series of projects, with many projects funded by research and community design grants.

One of the nation's few regional governments, Portland's METRO has worked with towns and municipalities to set urban growth boundaries, create policies to stimulate higher density in-fill development near existing centers and transit, and reduce sprawl while strengthening the city center. UO students and faculty members have partnered with Portland METRO on a number of projects including greenhouse gas reduction measures and a habitat competition. 

Many regional and national environmental organizations are headquartered in Portland. The University of Oregon maintains close ties with groups such as Cascadia Green Building Council, EcoDistricts, the Portland Building Enclosure Council and the Portland chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

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Students work with Portland pros at UO Design Camp

A week-long camp for high school students focusing on architecture, art and technology, and product design will take place July 10-14 at the White Stag Block in Portland. The camp offers a head start through collaboration, creative problem-solving, and prototyping.


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Two UO design teams named among Top Ten at New York design show

Two designs by UO teams were among the Top Ten products and installations at WantedDesign 2017 in New York as selected by Dezeen. Studio Gorm—the design office of Assistant Professor Wonhee Jeong-Arndt and Associate Professor John Arndt of the UO’s Department of Product Design—won the 2017 American Design Honors earlier this year.


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Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School applications due June 1

The annual UO field school, which takes place this year in the Nez Perce National Forest in Idaho, teaches hands-on preservation techniques for historic buildings and landscapes. Skills taught range from wood and masonry repair to documenting historic features and context. Many field school participants have used the program to launch historic preservation careers. Two scholarships can help defray expenses. Applications are due June 1.


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Heads of Schools announced for new College of Design

Liska Chan, Laura Vandenburgh, and Rich Margerum will lead, respectively, the School of Architecture & Environment, the School of Art + Design, and the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management when the College of Design launches July 1.


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