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Nancy Hiss
Nancy Hiss

Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Architecture
Shattuck Hall 235
hiss@pdx.edu

Master of Architecture, Syracuse University, 1990 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design & General Fine Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1982

Nancy’s architectural work focuses on meeting human needs from the inside out. She is currently designing and developing ten units of affordable, accessible housing for Portland’s Cully neighborhood. Before working on housing projects, Nancy worked on large commercial and institutional projects including: Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, University of Oregon’s Law School, Washington State University’s Recreation Center in Pullman, and Portland Community College’s Technology Classroom Building with a winter garden and passive heating/cooling systems.

Nancy creates art-based storytelling-projects in a range of media. The Iraq Names Project, a 14 mile long (and counting) urban chalk installation, lists the names of international coalition forces killed in Iraq and encourages public participation and discussion. This project spawned the annual Peace Circle, in conjunction with the Veterans for Peace each Memorial Day. The installation circles Peace Park with the word “peace” drawn in the languages of nations the United States has engaged in war. Art projects also include a stitched family history, Election Hell, and a series of drawings exploring fish and electricity.