UW College of Built Environments E-news
May 2009

Message from the Dean

College of Built Environments

First, the budget. As most readers know by now, the state of Washington lost $9 billion in revenue this fiscal year, leading legislators to reduce the UW's biennial budget by $214 million—26 percent, the largest such cut in the nation. More.

College News

Andy Vanags

20 Years of Vanags' Studios
"Furniture Fest," a retrospective celebrating a tradition of materials and craft with retiring CBE Senior Lecturer Andris (Andy) Vanags, filled Gould Court last month with 35 student projects from two decades of furniture studios. More.

New AIA Seattle Program to Honor Urban Housing
"Future Shack," a new AIA Seattle residential design program, will recognize innovative and progressive examples of urban housing in Washington state. Find out how CBE is involved. More.


Awards and Honors

Best Functional Design winner

'Chair Affair' Winners Announced
Six College of Built Environments students won awards for their handcrafted furniture at the "Chair Affair" competition in Idaho last month. More.

UDP Students Win National Project Award
Planning the Process: Updating Seattle’s Neighborhood Plans won the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Student Project Award for Applied Research. The national award from the American Planning Association (APA) was presented to students at last month's national conference in Minneapolis. More.


Faculty Notes

Unbounded Practice book cover

Thaisa Way Voted President
of Landscape History Chapter
Thaisa Way, assistant professor of Landscape Architecture, was elected president of the Landscape History Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH). She's also just published a new book about women and landscape architecture, Unbounded Practice. More.

Architecture Faculty Co-author Structural Design Book
Architecture faculty members Frank Ching, Barry Onouye and Doug Zuberbuhler recently published Building Structures Illustrated:  Patterns, Systems, and Design, a desktop resource for designers, builders and students. More.


In the News

Landscape Architecture students in Guatemala

Building a Garden Next to Garbage
Seventeen students enrolled in Landscape Architecture Associate Professor Daniel Winterbottom's winter studio worked in Guatemala with the nonprofit organization Safe Passage to build a garden for children and their parents living next to the biggest garbage dump in Central America. Read about the trip.

Food Project for the Elderly
A food project for the elderly and disabled supervised by Urban Design and Planning Assistant Professor Branden Born along with Paul Haas at Solid Ground and Emerson Congressional Hunger Center researcher Collin Siu, made news recently. Read the story.

Forum Explores Designers Making Change
Several CBE faculty are featured in articles on the theme “Designers Making Change” in the winter issue of Forum, a publication of AIA Seattle. Featured faculty include: Architecture Senior Lecturer Jim Nicholls, Landscape Architecture Associate Professor Jeff Hou, Landscape Architecture Assistant Professor Ben Spencer and Architecture Professor Steve Badanes. Read the winter issue.

Save the Date

2009 CBE Graduation Celebration
Friday, June 12, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Magnuson Park, Hangar 30
Get more information.

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