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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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Portland in Conversation: The Infrastructure of the Public City

Join the PSU Urban Design Collaborative for a series of enlightening conversations with national and local experts on urban design, exploring the large-scale systems and ideas that make up our public cities, from Portland to Los Angeles to Tokyo and beyond. Series runs April 16 to May 28, via Zoom.  

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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.

An architecture student discusses her 2D thesis work with her professor

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

Portland in Conversation: Hector Dominguez & Dawn Nafus on…

Portland in Conversation: The Infrastructure of the Public City TECHNOLOGY…
Add to my Calendar 2021-05-14 23:00:00 2021-05-11 04:01:54 Portland in Conversation: Hector Dominguez & Dawn Nafus on Technology Portland in Conversation: The Infrastructure of the Public City TECHNOLOGY | Portland I Portland Hector Dominguez, Smart City PDX Dawn Nafus, Intel Moderator: Mark Raggett, GBD Architects Portland is a city that is known internationally for its active, walkable streets and vibrant open spaces filled with people. With the work-from-home and social-distancing responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, those public spaces went quiet, but virtual meeting technologies and social media were able to step in and address many of those human connection needs. As the city comes out of the pandemic response, we have a different perspective on technology in cities: what roles will technology continue to play in our public spaces? What were they already doing? What are the ramifications of new technologies in our public spaces -- the ones we can see and the ones we can't -- and what should we be thinking about as technologies and our city continue to evolve? Dawn Nafus is a Senior Research Scientist at Intel, where she conducts anthropological research on technology and society issues, including the social implications of health and environmental data, citizen science, and responsible AI. She is the editor of Quantified: Biosensing Technologies in Everyday Life (MIT Press, 2016), co-author of Self-Tracking (MIT Press 2016) and co-editor of Ethnography for a Data-Saturated World (Manchester University Press, 2018).  She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Hector Dominguez is the Open Data Coordinator at the City of Portland, Oregon and part of the Smart City PDX team. In addition to Open Data initiatives, Hector has led privacy and information initiatives in the City that includes use of ethical tools for technology solutions assessment, privacy and information protection principles, establishing the citywide privacy and surveillance technologies strategies and procedures, and policy development including the face recognition technologies and Surveillance policies. Learn more about Portland in Conversation: The Infrastructure of the Public City. Zoom Webinar | Register at https://pdx.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_INXT1xnMRquoQlTvMVJnvw Email seewang@pdx.edu with questions. Email seewang@pdx.edu with questions. America/Los_Angeles public

Portland in Conversation: Lisa Parker & Art Pearce | The…

Portland in Conversation: The Infrastructure of the Public City THE STREET…
Add to my Calendar 2021-05-21 23:00:00 2021-05-11 04:01:54 Portland in Conversation: Lisa Parker & Art Pearce | The Street Portland in Conversation: The Infrastructure of the Public City THE STREET | Vancouver I Portland Lisa Parker, City of Vancouver Art Pearce, Portland Bureau of Transportation Moderator: Ellen Shoshkes, Portland State University Lisa Parker is the Branch Manager of Street Activities with the City of Vancouver and her work focuses on the varying public uses of the city’s public realm.  Streets are among cities’ greatest public space assets and as Vancouver grows and densifies, these spaces become a critical component of the livability, inclusivity and vitality of the city.  Lisa’s work within the Public Space and Street Use Division focuses on enhancing streets and public spaces through business and community partnerships, pilots and programs that address City of Vancouver, community and business emerging priorities. Street Activities works collaboratively to create new temporary and permanent public spaces, such as plazas and parklets, to quickly meet the demand for safe, multi‑use and inclusive spaces. This ongoing work strongly relies on stewardship to ensure new and existing public spaces remain clean, vital and welcoming for all.  This reimagining of the City of Vancouver’s streets enables them to become people spaces for active living, cultural expression, social connection and economic vitality, with the recent completion of Robson Square in the heart of Downtown Vancouver as an example. Lisa is a registered Landscape Architect in British Columbia, with her Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia and Bachelor Degrees in Coastal Geology and Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz.  Art Pearce is Director of Policy, Planning and Projects at the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation and currently oversees the Transportation Planning, Capital Delivery and Active Transportation and Safety Programs Divisions.  Art’s team also leads the integration of new and shared mobility options into our daily travel, including bikeshare, e-scooters, and future shared automated vehicles. His team leads PBOT’s Vision Zero Initiative and education and encouragement programs that help Portlanders benefit from an increasingly multimodal city. Initiatives include the Smart Trips “new movers” program, Portland’s “transportation wallet”, safe routes to school, senior strolls, and Sunday Parkways open streets events.  Learn more about Portland in Conversation: The Infrastructure of the Public City. Zoom Webinar | Register at https://pdx.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_INXT1xnMRquoQlTvMVJnvw Email seewang@pdx.edu with questions. Email seewang@pdx.edu with questions. America/Los_Angeles public