University of Oregon

School of Architecture and Allied Arts

Areas of Study


The School of Architecture and Allied Arts offers degree programs in Eugene and Portland. The Department of Architecture offers the master’s of architecture degree (MArch) and the fifth year of study for undergraduate students enrolled in the bachelor of architecture degree (BArch) program.  There are two bachelor’s of fine arts (BFA) undergraduate degrees offered by the Department of Art Digital Arts Program and the Product Design Program. In fall 2016, the Historic Preservation Program will offer its master of science (MS) in historic preservation.

These programs at the University of Oregon in Portland connect in multiple ways with the city and the metropolitan area through teaching, research, creative work, and service activities. Portland is an extraordinary urban laboratory for the University of Oregon and the school’s engaged and active students and faculty members. 


We welcome your interest in our programs. Please contact us for tours and to seek additional information. To apply for admission, please visit the department websites. Please note, students must apply to both the University of Oregon and to the major of interest. Special instructions for each application is available on the website or by contacting the department.

A&AA in Portland office
70 NW Couch Street  Floor 4R
Portland, OR 97209-4038


Department of Architecture

The Department of Architecture in Portland focuses on the influence of urban design and planning on building design. The program builds on more than thirty years of teaching in the city, using Portland as a living laboratory for urban architecture. Students learn to design buildings as an integral part of the constructed and natural environmental systems that shape cities. The UO architecture program is ranked number one in the United States for sustainable design education in surveys of U.S. architectural firms published by Design Intelligence.

The program is primarily a graduate program that is also available to advanced undergraduate students. Our courses address architectural and urban design theory and history, building technology and sustainable design, digital design communication, and professional practice. We give our students the tools, approaches, and connections to build successful careers.  Students in the UO Department of Architecture in Portland actively engage with the city. Their creative design practice and research takes advantage of and contributes to Portland’s reputation as a unique urban center, a leader in green building, and a nexus of interdisciplinary creativity. We foster a supportive, yet rigorous, intellectual community, maintaining our student–centered program through a noncompetitive, individualized approach to learning.

To apply, visit the Department of Architecture website. Prospective students are invited to participate in the Department of Architecture Open House events in Eugene and Portland to learn more about programs available at each site.  Prospective students are also welcome to visit Portland throughout the year, by scheduling an academic interest appointment.  Newly admitted graduate students are invited to attend Grad Day in Portland.

Applications for the graduate program are due January 6.

Portland Design Studio Gallery


Department of Art: Art and Technology Program

Digital Arts Students and Faculty

Students can earn an advanced degree in digital arts from the Department of Art while studying at the UO in Portland. The art and technology bachelor of fine arts (BFA) program is a yearlong professional degree for students holding a bachelor of art or bachelor of science degree in art, multimedia, or digital arts. The fifth–year program continues the program’s emphasis on creative thinking, experimentation, intense research, and visual communication delivery systems. Students learn how to combine an understanding of the theoretical discourses of new media and visual art with a strong technical sophistication, a rich sense of visual design, and an ability to articulate artistic research.

The UO Art and Technology Program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the Northwest Commission on Colleges, and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

To apply, visit the Department of Art admissions page.
Applications for the BFA program are due February 1.

Historic Preservation Program

The Historic Preservation Program has relocated its Master of Science graduate degree program to the award-winning White Stag Block at the University of Oregon in Portland beginning fall term 2016. The city of Portland's long standing commitment to sustainability, adaptive reuse and preservation of historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes, and districts makes this an exciting opportunity for students to live and work in this active preservation community.

Historic preservation is an inherently interdisciplinary field—we welcome students from a wide range of backgrounds.

The field of historic preservation centers on the conservation, interpretation, appropriate reuse, and advocacy of historic sites, structures, and cultural landscapes. You will have the opportunity to increase your skills related to the stewardship of historic resources, while emphasizing your ability to understand the significance of cultural heritage and resource management within diverse communities. Our program addresses sustainability issues through both emerging technologies in green preservation and through adaptive revitalization of structures and communities. In addition to our classroom learning opportunities we sponsor two summer field schools each year—one in Croatia and the other in the Pacific Northwest.

The Historic Preservation Program at the University of Oregon has a long history of being one of the premier hands-on preservation programs in the country specializing in the documentation, analysis, and stabilization of vernacular resources. Our program focuses on research in the field of preservation theory and practice, concentrating on the cultural, historical, technological, and environmental factors that shape our world. Accordingly, we are excited to relocate to Portland, and work with the next generation of cultural heritage professionals in the research and practice of sustainable historic preservation and other leading issues that define the field of heritage conservation today.

To apply, visit the Historic Preservation Program application process information page or call 541-346-2982 or email us at  Applications for the graduate program are due January 15.

Department of Product Design

Furniture Design 439Product designers are the people who create the tools, transportation, computers, clothes, sofas, and sports equipment to fit the needs of people. These designers make products more energy–efficient, more ergonomically appropriate, more cost–effective, and more socially responsible.

The Department of Product Design provides a thorough grounding in the use, invention, and production of consumer products. It integrates the theories and applied practices of the art, architecture, and the design disciplines.

The bachelor of fine arts program in Portland is a fifth year of concentrated study for students wanting to continue past the BA/BS level or transfer students wanting to expand on their design–related degree. The BFA program provides advanced undergraduate students with a full-time, one-year academic program.

Product Design reviewStudents learn to develop products from a personal, local, and global perspective by addressing the needs of individuals, communities, and industry. They gain in–depth knowledge about materials, idea generation, prototyping, and manufacturing. Faculty members focus equally on high– and low–tech working methods, stressing hand skills alongside 3–D rendering and printing. Our students come away from the program with the confidence and skills to work for a large company or to start their own business.

To apply, visit the Product Design admission page.
Applications to the BFA program are due January 15.


Sports Product Design Program

The master of science in sports product design will prepare designers to be key members and leaders of multidisciplinary development teams within the more than 700 sports product companies located in Oregon and beyond. The degree focuses on innovation methods, design for the athlete, product sustainability, and sports product marketing and branding.

Entering designers equipped with conceptual problem-solving abilities, knowledge of materials and production, strategies for emotional product resonance and relevance, and entrepreneurial skills will have their designer’s toolboxes enhanced with a deep, specific study of sports product techniques, tools and platforms, and human physiology, biomechanics, and sports psychology.

Students who graduate from this program will be capable of making strong contributions to the sports design culture of Oregon and the world at large.

If you are interested in applying, visit the Sports Product Design page for more information.