Liz Zarro, a 2015 Product Design Program BFA graduate, wants to develop "products that are more than just products" and use design to improve people's lives. She designed an exoskeletal back support, called Origin, for Portland's wheelchair basketball team. The product reduces athletes' dependence on their hands for core stability and body repositioning. For her honors thesis project, Zarro designed a biomimetric shelving unit that she has titled Pinicola Shelves.
In fall 2008, the University of Oregon completed its move into the White Stag Block (WSB), a refurbished facility that merges parts of three historic buildings in downtown Portland. The move culminated efforts—compressed into just two years—to adapt three vacant historic buildings into the interconnected high-tech complex that today comprises the School of Architecture and Allied Arts’ most urban presence.
The 2015 Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School will be located in the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area for one-week sessions in August and September. Each session of the program will include hands-on projects at both sites, giving students ample opportunity to learn techniques of preserving a pioneer-era house and log cabin. Applicants may register for more than one week, with no-credit or undergraduate and graduate credit options available. A Director's Student Scholarship is available.
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.