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University of Washington

October 23, 2012

Assistant Professor Kathrina Simonen and Liv Haselbach of Washington State University College of Engineering, in collaboration with University of Washington researchers Elaine Oneil of the College of the Environment and Joyce Cooper of the College of Engineering, submitted the Life Cycle Assessment and Buildings Research for Washington State (LCA for WA) report to the State Legislature on September 1st, 2012.   This research to explore the potential of integrating LCA methods and data into the State Building Code was funded by Washington Senate Bill 5485.   As part of this research, two stakeholder workshops were held which included presentations on topics such as:  LCA fundamentals, LCA policy and LCA in Practice.  This presentations were recorded and are posted online along with the final report report at

Assistant Professor Kathryn Rogers Merlino was awarded the 2012 Runstad Real Estate Center Fellowship and traveled to Istanbul, Turkey in March 2012.  This fellowship,  now in its second year, is a program that selects a diverse group of academics, professionals and students to pursue research questions related to design, building, development and their environmental and economic concerns.  The 2012 Fellows consisted of two professors, Merlino and Carrie Sturts Dossick (Construction Management); professionals Jason Twill (Senior Project Manager, Sustainability, Vulcan Inc.) and  Liz Dunn (Consulting Director of the Preservation Green Lab, Founder of Dunn and Hobbes, LLC) and students Natalie Gualy (M.Arch, MSRE 2012) and Ian Fishburn (MSRE, 2012). The fellows spent seven days in Istanbul, investigating the urban growth policies of this architecturally rich and dynamic “megacity”, and discussing its current trajectory with real estate professionals, government officials, designers, academics, activists and citizens. The findings provided a startling reminder that despite conjectures about post-consumer, post-carbon 'creative culture' cities,  homogenized 20th century ambitions still largely determine the way in which the globe’s most architecturally and culturally unique cities are pursing growth in the 21st century.  The Fellows will present their experiences on November 8 at 6pm in Architecture Hall at the University of Washington.

Professor Steve Badanes traveled to Australia in March for a lecture tour, and spoke at UTS in Sydney, UniSA in Adelaide, and UTas and Hobart AIA in Tasmania. The Neighborhood design/build Studio, which Badanes directs with Jake LaBarre, won 4 out of 7 Honor Awards at the 2012 AIA Pacific Region Student Awards for the Urban Farm Supershed.  Badanes chaired the Louisiana AIA Awards jury, and traveled to Lafayette LA in September to present the awards, and to speak at the La AIA Convention and at the Tulane City Center.  A  recent film focused on the Seattle icon Fremont Troll, a project led by Badanes and his firm Jersey Devil, premiered this fall. The film, Hall of Giants ‘chronicles the creation and endurance of the much beloved Fremont Troll and explores the public art movement in Seattle and beyond.  Through interviews and hundreds of rare photographs and archival footage, viewers will take an historical journey through Seattle’s earliest years and on up to the present, where art and artists still struggle to survive in an ever-changing city.’

Robert Hutchison was promoted to Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture, College of Built Environments, December 2011.  His firm, Hutchison & Maul Architecture is a partner with the Uniontown Community Development Association on the Addition to the historic Artisan Barn project, which was one of 80 projects to be awarded a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant.  Robert Hutchison was one of eight featured Speakers at the 2012 AIA Arkansas State Convention, Little Rock AR, September 2012.  Hutchison was an invited Speaker & Reviewer for the Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning & Design, Manhattan KS, September 2012.

Professor Sharon Sutton published a Critical book essay of "Service-Learning in Design and Planning," Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 19, 1, in press for late October, early November.

The Department of Architecture at the University of Washington is working with aid organization Ayni Education International, the Janet W. Ketcham Foundation, architect Salim Rafik, and architect Bob Hull, founding partner of the Seattle based firm Miller Hull, to design the new Gohar Khaton Girls' School in Mazar-i-sharif, Afghanistan. Bob Hull and Assistant professor Elizabeth Golden are leading a graduate architecture studio focused on developing culturally and environmentally responsive design solutions for the project, which is slated for construction in early 2013.


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