Beyond the Architecture Classroom

Our study of architecture frequently takes us out of the classroom, out of the studio, and into the community, where we engage in research, collaborate with regional organizations and enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Research Centers

Our Research Centers include the Center for Public Interest Design, the Shattuck Hall Ecological Learning Plaza and UrbanLAB:PDX.

Green Building Science Focus

Green building research and collaboration with architectural practices are a primary focus of our curriculum. The Research-based Design Initiative is an exciting new program led by faculty in the School of Architecture, in which graduate students conduct research in topics such as energy efficient lighting or heating and cooling methods and contribute their findings to professional design teams in local architecture practices. This collaborative approach gives students the experience of learning and working directly with professionals, and design teams benefit from the fresh approach and scientific research brought by the students. A Green Building Scholars program, which provides scholarships for female and minority students to study architecture and engineering, is now underway as of 2015.

Community Collaboration and Engagement

Many of our studio and elective design projects engage the needs and perspectives of nonprofit and community organizations in Oregon, giving students the experience of designing for actual clients with real-world concerns.

Portland: Our Urban Laboratory

Our beautiful city, replete with rivers, bike paths, bridges, parks, and greenery, an often-thoughtful approach to responsible growth and development, and a growing local economy, makes an ideal place to study and live. 

Learn more about our activities outside the classroom by clicking the links to the left.