University of Oregon

School of Architecture and Allied Arts

About Portland

University of Oregon in Portland

The historic White Stag Block that houses the University of Oregon in Portland programs offers state-of-the-art technology, light-filled workspaces, a superb art and design library, and exhibition areas 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, other academic institutions, and with industry leaders as part of their professional education and creative pursuits.

Portland’s leadership in Sustainable Urban Design

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.

The Portland Development Commission is responsible for revitalization and urban design projects throughout the city. Portland students and faculty members have worked with the Portland Development Commission staff on an extensive series of projects during recent years, 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. Vast open spaces have been preserved in close proximity to downtown and the neighborhoods. UO faculty members are working with METRO to visualize how greenhouse gas reduction measures can be locally implemented. The Department or Architecture previously partnered with METRO's Nature in Neighborhoods group on an influential Integrating Habitats competition.

Portland Sustainability Initiatives

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. 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.