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Jeff Schnabel, Director of the School of Architecture at Portland State University

Welcome to Fall Term

A message to our students from Jeff Schnabel, Director of the School of Architecture

Please note: Our office in Shattuck Hall is closed due to COVID-19, but our staff is working remotely to support you. Please contact us at architecture@pdx.edu with your questions or concerns. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. 


In our rich, materially based curriculum, we challenge students to address the poetics of material, urban issues and cultural meaning, community engagement and social needs through architecture and design.

With an established reputation for promoting a materially diverse, urban-oriented, socially engaged architectural education, including a pre-professional undergraduate degree in Architecture, a professional accredited Master of Architecture, the Center for Public Interest Design, and strong ties to local design practice, we offer a rigorous educational experience in the ideal setting of downtown Portland.

Our nearly 400 students study the art, theory and practice of architecture in our growing programs, including a Bachelor of Arts or Science in Architecture, Two-year and Three-year Master of Architecture, Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design, and Graduate Certificate in Urban Design. Residing in Shattuck Hall, an elegant, renovated 1915 red-brick elementary school building on the leafy South Park Blocks, our programs prepare future architects to employ design for the public good.

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ATTEND A GRADUATE INFO SESSION

Learn about our Master of Architecture degrees, our Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design, and our Graduate Certificate in Urban Design at an upcoming informational meeting. Sessions are held monthly from October through December. Sign up at the link below.

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How To Apply

To become an undergraduate architecture major, just apply through the university's general application process. To learn how to apply for our Master of Architecture degree, Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design or Graduate Certificate in Urban Design, visit the link below.

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National Accreditation

The Master of Architecture program has full professional accreditation by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. This accreditation enables students who complete the Master of Architecture at Portland State University to pursue a professional architectural license.

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Giving

Our programs challenge students to create architecture that impacts the world for the better, and build a career designing healthy spaces that inspire and uplift those who use them. Your gift to our scholarship fund will enable more students to pursue this rigorous, hands-on academic experience.

Upcoming events

Fridays@4::Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski: Loudreading Post…

Portland State University School of Architecture Presents FRIDAYS@4 Cruz…
Add to my Calendar 2020-10-16 16:00:00 2020-10-16 17:00:00 Fridays@4::Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski: Loudreading Post-colonial and Anti-racist Pedagogies Portland State University School of Architecture Presents FRIDAYS@4 Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski - Wai Architecture Think Tank Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA Loudreading Post-colonial and Anti-racist Pedagogies In search of critical forms of architecture, Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski are deeply invested in the development of new curricula and pedagogical experiments searching for diverse forms of public engagement with architecture, as well as post-colonial imaginaries. Through manifestos, projects, publications, curatorial, and pedagogical experiments they pursue models of Loudreading the possibility of other, pluriversal, anti-racist, intersectional, emancipating worlds. WAI Architecture Think Tank is an international studio practicing architecture, urbanism and architectural research. Founded in Brussels in 2008 by Puerto Rican educator, designer, artist, curator, educator, author and theorist Cruz Garcia and French educator, designer, artist, curator, author and poet, Nathalie Frankowski, WAI and its parallel artist practice Garcia Frankowski oscillate between continental USA, Puerto Rico, France, and China. They are the authors of Narrative Architecture: A Kynical Manifesto (nai010, 2020), Pure Hardcore Icons: A Manifesto on Pure Form in Architecture (Artifice Press, 2014), Un-Making Architecture: An Anti-Racist Architecture Manifesto, and the upcoming book From Black Square to Black Reason: A Post-Colonial Architecture Manifesto.  Zoom RSVP to asanta@pdx.edu. The Zoom link and password will be emailed to you prior to the event. RSVP to asanta@pdx.edu. The Zoom link and password will be emailed to you prior to the event. America/Los_Angeles public

Fridays@4: The MAX Reuse Design Challenge

The competition is brought to you by Center for Public Interest Design,…
Add to my Calendar 2020-10-23 16:00:00 2020-10-23 17:00:00 Fridays@4: The MAX Reuse Design Challenge The competition is brought to you by Center for Public Interest Design, TRIMET, and the City of Portland The MAX Reuse Design Challenge invited designers to participate in a strategic initiative to explore visions for the repurposing and reuse of retiring MAX cars to benefit communities in the Metro region. The project’s partners at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and TriMet recognize this as a wonderful opportunity to provide resources for our region while preventing these cars from ending up as waste or scrap. While the reuse of these cars may be approached from any angle, we hope that they will be rooted in an acknowledgment of Portland’s need to act quickly and creatively to address homelessness, climate change, income equality, housing insecurity, and racial inequity among other important social and environmental issues. Additionally, our current pandemic has revealed significant gaps in our social and physical infrastructure to be able to adequately respond to emergency situations, and the ongoing protests against police brutality and in support of black lives have highlighted how safety in public space and access to resources is experienced very differently among BIPOC communities. These unprecedented events provide additional potential avenues worthy of exploration. The resulting work was displayed at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, with the exhibit opening on August 25, 2020. Ten thoughtful designs were submitted from members of the local design community that we hope will advance the dialogue around new visions for addressing community need with an impactful resource that would otherwise go to waste. These designs will inform the future work of this nature in our region for years to come. At this week's Fridays@4, each of the winning groups will present their designs. 1st Place - MAX Village - GBD Architects 2nd Place - Pop-Up Patio Peoples Choice - The Afro-Village Movement Zoom RSVP to asanta@pdx.edu. The Zoom link and password will be emailed to you prior to the event. RSVP to asanta@pdx.edu. The Zoom link and password will be emailed to you prior to the event. America/Los_Angeles public