A unique academic ecosystem, the College of Design comprises not only creative practitioners—artists, architects, and designers—but also social scientists, humanities scholars, engineers, economists, biologists, planners, and policy makers. Using diverse methods, we are engaging critical questions and tackling complex problems.

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Research Spotlight

A Brighter Future

The newly launched UO Pacific Northwest Just Futures Institute for Racial and Climate Justice was made possible by a historic $4.52 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Directed by School of Planning, Public Policy and Management Assistant Professor John Arroyo, leaders in the College of Design are joining forces with the College of Arts and Sciences, and community-based partners, to do the deep, meaningful, and urgent equity work that will envision and realize a just future for the Pacific Northwest.

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Deep and Diverse Questions of Environment

Check out some of our work on and with the environment.


Public Engagement is Central to Our Practices

Whether through cultural experiences, innovative problem solving, or shaping the built environment, our work directly impacts people. Our College is full of stories about having an impact in our communities.

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Map Your Future

Whether creating in the studio, doing fieldwork and internships or studying objects at the museum, College of Design students are learning hands on and working directly with faculty.

Explore the College of Design to discover what makes our places, people, and programs so special.

Explore Design

Generating Innovation

See some of the diverse forms innovation takes in our work.

Social Connections


LOOK. Listen. Learn. Act.
LOOK. Listen. Learn. Act.Mar 4
Steve Rowell: Uncanny Sensing, Remote Valleys
Steve Rowell: Uncanny Sensing, Remote ValleysMar 4
Hamza Walker and Mahfuz Sultan: Critical Conversations
Hamza Walker and Mahfuz Sultan: Critical...Mar 4
4:00 p.m.
Metamorphosis: Visualizing the Music of Paul Hindemith
Metamorphosis: Visualizing the Music of Paul...Mar 6
"Portraits"Mar 8
Lawrence Hall
"Invite Your Mom"
"Invite Your Mom"Mar 8
9:00 a.m.
Lawrence Hall
School of Architecture and Environment Graduate Programs Virtual Information Session
School of Architecture and Environment Graduate...Mar 8
12:00 p.m.
Study Abroad Fair
Study Abroad FairMar 30
10:00 a.m.
Gasparini’s Talk
Gasparini’s Talk Mar 31
12:00 p.m.
HOPES Annual Conference
HOPES Annual ConferenceApr 5
Glenn Adamson: “Craft in America: Real and Ideal”
Glenn Adamson: “Craft in America: Real and...Apr 8
3:00 p.m.
Arts & Media Connect
Arts & Media ConnectMay 4
4:00 p.m.
Mario Ybarra Jr.: “I Did It for Revenge!” George and Matilda Fowler Lecture
Mario Ybarra Jr.: “I Did It for Revenge!”...May 27
5:00 p.m.