University of Oregon

School of Architecture and Allied Arts


Join us in Portland

Our programs at the University of Oregon in Portland connect with the city through teaching, research, creative work, and service activities. Portland is an extraordinary urban laboratory for our engaged and active students and faculty members.

The Department of Architecture offers the master’s of architecture degree (MArch) and the fifth year of study for undergraduate students in the bachelor of architecture degree (BArch) program.  The Historic Preservation Program offers a master of science (MS) in historic preservation. The Sports Product Design program in the Department of Product Design offers a master of science (MS) in sports product design, and the Department of Product Design offers a fifth year of study for students in the bachelor’s of fine arts (BFA) undergraduate degree.

UO Portland

The historic White Stag Block that houses the University of Oregon in Portland offers state-of-the-art technology, light-filled workspaces, a superb art and design library, and is located in the heart of Portland's Old Town and Chinatown. Sustainability practices are evident in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold-certified building and in the programs offered by the school. 

Portland’s creative culture

Portland’s creative arts and design community is recognized for its DIY culture and creative collaborations. From film and television production to arts education, Portland artists and designers have contributed to the quality of the life of this vibrant city. Students at the UO in Portland have worked with a number of nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and industry leaders as part of their professional education and creative pursuits.

Portland’s leadership in sustainability

The City of Portland is a national leader in urban sustainability policies. The city established the country's first sustainability bureau, which administers a wide range of innovative programs to improve energy conservation, air and water quality, building practices and green transportation alternatives. Portland's design and planning accomplishments are the subject of many national and international publications. The city's downtown regeneration, urban design innovations, regional growth policies, and land-use-transit planning are considered national models.

Portland students and faculty members have worked with the Portland Development Commission staff on an extensive series of projects, with many projects funded by research and community design grants.

One of the nation's few regional governments, Portland's METRO has worked with towns and municipalities to set urban growth boundaries, create policies to stimulate higher density in-fill development near existing centers and transit, and reduce sprawl while strengthening the city center. UO students and faculty members have partnered with Portland METRO on a number of projects including greenhouse gas reduction measures and a habitat competition. 

Many regional and national environmental organizations are headquartered in Portland. The University of Oregon maintains close ties with groups such as Cascadia Green Building Council, EcoDistricts, the Portland Building Enclosure Council and the Portland chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

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Baseball uniforms: new-school design challenges old-school tradition

baseball uniformUO Sports Product Design Program student Irving Perez has one of the best ideas since night baseball: new uniforms for baseball players. Except for newer fabrics, professional players’ uniforms have hardly changed since the mid-1800s. That look — buttoned shirts and belted trousers akin to jodhpurs — seems unlikely to change anytime soon because players like the tradition.


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Provost announces approval of new College of Design

We are excited to share the news that the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts' proposal to become the College of Design has been approved following review by the Office of the Provost and the University Senate. The renaming will take effect on July 1, 2017.


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Product Design department to host regional design conference in Portland

The UO Department of Product Design will host the 2017 Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) West District Design Conference April 23-24. This year’s theme is “DESIGN: HYBRID.” Registration will continue onsite.


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Design studio drafts solutions for ‘campus’ to help Portland’s unhoused

Architecture graduate students at the UO in Portland are designing concepts to provide relief for the city’s unhoused population and to help ease them back into mainstream society. The students are in “Campus of Hope: Addressing Portland’s Homeless Crisis,” a design studio collaboration between the UO, Opsis Architecture, and Oregon Harbor of Hope to investigate the root causes of homeless and provide viable solutions for a homeless “campus” in inner city Portland.


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Opsis Associate Principal and studio instructor Joe Baldwin talks to students


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