College of Design News

Jess Kokkeler with members of the International Anti-Poaching Federation team in Zimbabwe

A Design for Life

Jess Kokkeler (IArch, ’18) is putting architecture skills he’s learning at the UO to work saving endangered animals in Africa.
Kodi Whitfield

Sports Product Design Student Soars at UO’s Wings

Kodi Whitfield, a graduate student in the School of Art + Design’s Sports Product Design program, was one of five student, faculty, and alumni presenters

La Pine, Oregon logo

Small Town Strong

La Pine, whose motto is “Small Town Strong,” is about to get even stronger. The University of Oregon's Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP), which announced its partnership with Portland TriMet in March 2017, will now also partner with La Pine in 2018.

Nancy Cheng

Taking Architecture to New Heights

With an eye toward combining art and science approaches to create functional and sustainable environments, Associate Professor Nancy Cheng has already hit the ground running in her new role as Head of the Department of Architecture in the School of Architecture & Environment.

Nicole Epple with lamps and Illuminating Engineering Society of Oregon scholarship check

A Glowing Success: Student Recognized for Illuminating Design

Nicole Epple, studying in the School of Architecture & Environment, won the 2017 Illuminating Engineering Society of Oregon's James C. Garber Scholarship for her luminaire design. Epple designed the lamp in her Media for Design Development class, taught by Architecture Department Head and Professor Nancy Cheng.

Alison Kwok

Passive solar energy innovation award goes to UO architecture professor

Alison Kwok is honored for her innovative approaches to passive solar energy design, application and technology.

students talk with Arturo Zavala and Wilson Smith

Inaugural Art + Design Symposium Pairs Professionals with Students

College of Design students joined professionals from a wide range of creative practices to learn about careers in design and how to navigate from academics to professional practice.

Sadie DiNatale and Assistant Professor Rebecca Lewis

Research on Airbnb’s impact on small towns wins planning award

Recent PPPM grad’s research on the impact of short-term rentals on neighborhoods, city budgets, and more was award-winning.

Metal sculptor Jud Turner, BA fine arts, ’95, mentors middle school student Taja Kester

Young designers get career boost in free apprenticeship program

UO product design professors and alumni are mentoring middle- and high-school students in a hands-on after school design program at the UO’s Innovation Hub in downtown Eugene.

The Avalon Theater in Milwaukie, Oregon

Renewal of federal grant for UO center supports rural Oregonians

The Community Service Center in the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management helps small communities with economic development.

Messaging Bellini. Photo courtesy Polys Peslikas.

Globally renowned art critic to present talks in Eugene and Portland, tour Oregon artist studios

Jan Verwoert will offer public presentations in November and visit 15-20 Oregon artists in their studios. Based in Europe, he’s the first international visitor to join in Connective Conversations.

#CarbonFeed sound-art installation at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Smithsonian museum features UO instructors’ sound and art installation

Thanks to two instructors in the School of Art + Design and the School of Music and Dance, you can see and hear the carbon footprint of a tweet or a Google post in real time—and visualize how much energy it takes. John Park and Jon Bellona’s #CarbonFeed sound and art installation was featured recently at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Tiny houses under construction in August in Emerald Village.

Raising tiny homes takes a village—of designers

Several architects associated with the UO College of Design contribute their creative skills, labor and materials to build a collective of tiny houses for homeless Eugene residents.

510 Oak Street building and street sign

UO buys downtown building for Art + Design faculty studios

In 2018, Art and Product Design faculty are getting new research studios—in downtown Eugene. The move will create “a kind of think tank for art and design,” said Laura Vandenburgh, head of the School of Art + Design.

Flight Into Egypt tapestry

Rare tapestries spring to new life in stunning show co-curated by art history professor

The textiles are considered some of the greatest baroque art treasures in the U.S. and offer a rare glimpse into 17th-century Roman craftsmanship and imagination.