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UO product design teams take two top prizes at QuackCon

The teams won big at the QuackCon competition, the country’s first sports and technology competition for developing innovative product designs. The hackathon synthesized engineering, programming, and athletics to create innovative sports product designs in a 36-hour blitz.

students at work on computers


Historic preservation students eager to engage with Portland

History may be a common link among the 2018 class of UO Historic Preservation Program graduate students, but many also share an interest in public service, global travel, and literally digging into projects. They also share the distinction of being the first cohort of historic preservation students enrolled at the UO in Portland, where the program moved this fall. Read more about the new preservation students at AroundtheO



Gift from alumnus ‘will transform’ A&AA’s architecture program

An estimated $5 million real estate pledge from architect Jim Rothwell, BArch ’80, and his wife, Mary, will advance the UO’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts and help grow the school’s endowment. “This was a way to help out in return for what the school gave me,” says Rothwell.

Jim Rothwell


A&AA architecture alumni put sustainability first in design for Yellowstone

A project at Yellowstone National Park designed and managed by A&AA alumni at Hennebery Eddy Architects will expand the park’s green footprint while encouraging kids to explore the outdoors. The Yellowstone Youth Campus aims to be the first building complex in a national park to achieve Living Building Challenge Certification. Such buildings integrate ecology, heritage, stewardship, sustainability, and leadership across all aspects of design, construction, and operation.

great room with large windows and high ceiling


'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