Research Centers - Architecture
Center for Public Interest Design
The Center for Public Interest Design, founded in 2013, is a research center that aims to investigate and utilize the power of design to make social, economic and environmental change in disadvantaged communities worldwide. The Center is the first of its kind in the nation. Positioned at the forefront of a burgeoning international movement in public interest design among architects, designers, and the general public, the Center is headed by Professor of Architecture Sergio Palleroni, a recipient of the American Institute of Architects’ prestigious Latrobe Prize for Public Interest Practice in Architecture in 2011. The mission of the Center is to meet a critical worldwide need for affordable, sustainable design, with the understanding that architecture can help make the world a better place and that architects can be agents of change.
Shattuck Hall Ecological Learning Plaza
UrbanLAB:PDX is a collective that is engaged in making urban design--in its increasingly diverse scales and modes--a focal point for the School of Architecture and Portland State University as a whole. This design "laboratory" explores urbanistic, aesthetic, infrastructural and environmental issues in partnership with public organizations, professional firms and governmental agencies through collaborative, project-based initiative. The collective aims to create new knowledge of the ways in which design at the urban scale can provide an integrating and meaningful definition of the urban experience, and to nurture and share this knowledge through publications, exhibitions, symposia, and workshops with the public.