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Wayfinding project aims to help coast communities after tsunami

A collaborative project is helping design signage improvements and alternative strategies for wayfinding in the event of a tsunami on the Oregon Coast. “Up and Out: Oregon Tsunami Evacuation Wayfinding Project” combines input from architecture professionals and students, Oregon Coast community members, and state emergency management experts. It was spearheaded by UO Associate Professor of architecture Hajo Neis in partnership with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

tsunami evacuation route


Product design students win IDSA scholarship, merit award

Product Design Program bachelor of fine art candidates Hana Hiratsuka and Liz Zarro were honored recently for their work by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), earning invitations to the Western District Conference April 10-11 in San Jose, California. “I am thrilled that we have such great students in general and that we will have a strong presence in San Jose this year,” says Assistant Professor Trygve Faste, UO’s IDSA faculty adviser.

breath buddies


Pattern Language conference in Austria has roots at UO in Portland

Department of Architecture Professor Hajo Neis, director of the Department of Architecture at UO in Portland and director of the Portland Urban Architecture Research Laboratory (PUARL), has announced a collaboration between PUARL and Pursuit of Pattern Languages and Societal Change (PURPLSOC) to present the international 2015 conference on pattern language, at Danube University in Austria in July.   

Hajo Neis


1980s: Millrace and Northsite complex is active hub for A&AA

The art and design village across from Franklin Boulevard has been the home to many programs of A&AA since the 1960s and is still an active hub for creative practice. Seven media areas for the Department of Art have studios, faculty offices, and graduate student workspaces on the Northsite. These media areas are sculpture, ceramics, painting, photography, digital arts, fibers, and metals and jewelry. In addition, the Northsite provides space for teaching and research in architecture, interior architecture, product design, and the Urban Farm. 



Gail Dubrow named Lawrence Medalist

Gail Dubrow is the 2015 recipient of the Ellis F. Lawrence Medal, the highest alumni honor presented by the School of Architecture and Allied Arts. A social historian of the built environment and cultural landscapes, she has worked closely with the National Park Service and with state and local agencies on projects that have increased their capacity to protect historic resources that reflect the diversity of the American people. She earned her bachelor of architecture degree from the UO in 1980.

Sento at Sixth and Main