Profile

Browse more profiles
Barbara Sestak
Barbara Sestak

Professor, School of Architecture
Shattuck Hall 211
503.725.3340
sestakb@pdx.edu 

Master of Architecture, Alpha Rho Chi Medal, University of Washington, 1977 
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 1973

Barbara Sestak, FAIA, is a licensed architect and worked in architectural offices in Seattle and Portland from 1975 until joining Portland State University as the only full-time faculty member in architecture in Fall 1982. Her architectural work consisted primarily of multi-family housing projects including a 250-acre planned unit development, commercial and industrial projects. Barbara recently served as Dean of the College of the Arts at PSU, where her major accomplishments included overseeing the remodels of Shattuck Hall, Lincoln Hall and the Lincoln Hall Tower (pictured above) as well as the creation of the College, the Master of Architecture degree, the film degree and the endowment for the Center for Public Interest Design. She has over 30 years of Portland State experience including teaching, research and administration. Prior to her role as Dean, she was the Associate Vice Provost for Sponsored Research at Portland State from 2000 to 2005, Chair of the Department of Architecture from 1995 to 1998, and Chair of the Department of Art from 1992 to 1995, among other administrative roles.

Barbara’s research and service centers around the integration of the profession and academia. She has been president of AIA/Portland and a delegate to the Architectural Council of Oregon. She served, by appointment of the governor, for 12 years on the Oregon Board of Architect Examiners. She was a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Practice/Education Committee for four years and served as jury chair for the NCARB Prize for three years. She was responsible for the creation of the NCARB Grant that is now the NCARB Award. She was a committee member on the NCARB Education Committee, the Internship Committee and the ARE Test Specification Task Force whose work impacts requirements for architectural licensure. As the NCARB representative, she was a member of the architectural accreditation teams to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Harvard, Cornell, Texas A&M, American University of Sharjah, University of Maryland, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Ball State University and South Dakota State University. Her teaching encompasses design studio, structures, building technology, environmental design and leadership.