The University of Oregon’s Product Design Program has teamed up with furniture company Groovystuff, of Dallas, Texas, on an education-to-industry cross-cooperative partnership in “The Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge.” Groovystuff is cosponsoring thirteen UO students for the challenge, which takes place in High Point, North Carolina, from April 18-23. The winning design will receive a royalty for life as a licensed product in the Groovystuff catalog, in addition to a $250 cash prize.
The 2015 University of Oregon MFA Thesis Exhibition will take place in May at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland. The third-year graduating artists will exhibit their work May 8-31, with the opening reception May 8 from 6–9 p.m. Concurrently, a group exhibition of work by second-year MFA students will be on view May 7-30 at the White Box Gallery in Portland. The exhibitions are free and open to the public.
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.
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.
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.