Architecture Associate Professor Ihab Elzeyadi is a featured presenter at this year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in San Francisco November 14-16. Presented by the U.S. Green Building Council, the gathering is the premiere event for green building design and research. Elzeyadi will present his talk, “Quantifying the Impacts of Green Schools on People and Planet,” on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 8 a.m.
The Green Studio Handbook, by Professor Alison Kwok and Walter Grondzik (Ball State University) was recently released in Portuguese by Bookman Editora LTDA; it joins other translations in Korean and Chinese. Professor Kwok also received a Distinguished Service Award and Student Chapter Advisor of the Year award from the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
Nancy Cheng presented "Shading with Folded Surfaces: Designing with Material, Visual and Digital considerations" at ECAADE'2012, the 30th International Conference on Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, held at the Czech Technical University in Prague, September 12-14, 2012.
Nancy Cheng is directing the Shanghai Xian Dai Visiting Architects' program, hosting nine award-winning designers from China's largest architecture firm to learn about sustainable design in Eugene and Portland. Xian Dai invited University of Oregon students as the first Americans to join their summer intern program in 2010 and has supported an on-going exchange.
As the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA)'s 2009-2011 President, Professor Nancy Cheng encouraged partnerships with SmartGeometry, Tex-Fab and the AIA. This collaboration resulted in a vibrant 2012 conference hosted by Jason Johnson of the California College of the Arts with stellar exhibits designed by Nataly Gattengo and Brian Price, keynotes, panels and scholarly papers invigorated by a new generation.
Associate Professor Nico Larco (Architecture) and Associate Professor Marc Schlossberg (PPPM) received the Association for the Advancement for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2012 Sustainable Leadership Award. This award was for the development and leadership of the Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) program at the University of Oregon that Prof. Larco and Prof. Schlossberg co-founded and co-direct.
Alison Kwok served as one of four jury members for the Architecture at Zero 2012 competition, which supports an action plan of the California Public Utilities Commission that all new residential construction in California be zero net energy by 2020. The goal for new commercial construction is to achieve zero net energy by 2030.
Associate Dean and Associate Professor Brook Muller gave a talk “Adaptive Architectures” at the Design Futures Council “11th Leadership Summit on Sustainable Design” (September in Portland, OR); presented a paper “Myths of Knowledge Creation in Sustainable Architecture” at the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments Conference (October in Portland, OR); and participated in the “The Booth Kelly EcoDistrict: Design And Infrastructure Innovations” session at the Ecodistricts Summit (October in Portland, OR).
Associate Professor Nico Larco is on sabbatical and is a Fulbright Scholar in Spain during the 2012/2013 academic year. For the Fulbright, Prof. Larco is conducting research on large lot developments in northern Spain and the effects these developments have on urban sustainability. Prof. Larco is working with the Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya and the Universidad de Navarra on this research. The Sustainable Cities Initiative, led by Professors Nico Larco (Architecture) and Marc Schlossberg (PPPM), is one of six finalist for the Financial Times of London's FT/Citi Urban Ingenuity Award. As stated in the award announcement, 'the awards aim to recognize leaders, teams, organizations and community groups that have developed innovative solutions to urban challenges that benefit cities, citizens and urban communities in the fields of education, energy, healthcare and infrastructure.'
Associate Professor Nico Larco presented an invited lecture entitled, "Sustainable Urbanism: A Framework for Urban Design," at the Cycle d'Urbanism Program at Sciences Po in Paris.
The University of Oregon’s architecture program was recently selected as the nation’s number one program for sustainable design education in the 2013 report of architecture schools. The top-ranked program has been recognized multiple times as leading sustainable design education. The undergraduate architecture degree program is ranked overall at number 13 and in the top 6 of programs at public universities. There are 154 accredited architecture programs in the United States. The Interior Architecture Program remains in the top 10 programs and within the top four accredited graduate programs. It was also recognized as fifth by architecture deans for its collaborative curriculum and breadth of subject matter.