The School of Architecture inhabits the recently remodeled Shattuck Hall, an elegant 1915 red-brick school building transformed into a dynamic contemporary learning environment. Shattuck Hall’s central location on PSU’s downtown campus enables students to utilize the university’s many academic and social resources, which include an award-winning library, recreation facilities, performing arts, health and counseling services and student associations.
Shattuck Hall’s third floor encompasses the creative heart of the School: a sequence of thematic Architectural Design Studios in which ideas are explored through diverse media, making drawings and models and fabricating full-size artifacts. Supporting the School’s progressive attitude toward the design process and theoretical speculation, Shattuck Hall accommodates multi-level open-plan studios, extensive material workshops for wood, metal and digital fabrication, gallery spaces, dedicated seminar and classroom spaces and administrative and faculty offices.
State-of-the-art hydronic heating and cooling ceiling panels moderate the interior environment combined with openable windows and energy-efficient lighting throughout. The design intent, to “put systems on display,” makes the building a veritable teaching tool, exposing everything from wiring and plumbing to the original plank-formed poured-in-place concrete structure.
The 2008 remodel of Shattuck Hall has garnered two AIA local and regional honor awards for design, an AIA sustainability award, and top awards from engineering and interior design professional organizations.
The Mat Lab, which can be found on the second floor of Shattuck Hall, was envisioned by a group of architecture students and financed in 2011 by a Solutions Generator grant from the Institute for Sustainable Solutions. The current project on display at the Mat Lab showcases innovative uses for discarded escalator handrail from Portland International Airport, a collaboration with Rebright Industries.