The School of Architecture & Environment (SAE) is celebrating the recognition of both the school and its students in the Metropolis Future100. Metropolis is a premier publication dedicated to featuring what’s next in architecture and interior design to keep professionals and scholars connected to the future of design for more than four decades, with demonstrated commitment to sustainability in design, a staple in the programs at the College of Design and in the latest ECC exhibit from Dean Parr.
The Metropolis Future100 sets out to designate the top graduating architecture and interior design students in the United States and Canada and is sponsored by Armstrong, Daltile, Formica, Interface, Kawneer, Keilhauer, Sherwin-Williams, and Yabu Pushelberg. These students, hailing from some of the best schools in North America, are nominated by their instructors and mentors which are then whittled down to 50 interior design and 50 architecture students chosen by the Metropolis team.
Four of the Future100 are proud members of the Oregon Design Duck (ODD or ODDuck) flock. Alison Hicks was selected in the Interior Design Undergraduate category, Benjamin Janes was selected in the Architecture Graduate category, Allie Miller and Lindsay Peterson were selected in the Interior Design Graduate category, and SAE was selected as one of the four schools in the Future100 School Showcase. Each of the student's nominations featured effusive praise from their faculty advocates. Here's what the faculty had to say about the nominees:
Alison is an exceptionally talented and bright individual. In my class, she demonstrated her passion in interior architecture and a great deal of understanding human contexts within a built-in environment. She demonstrated outstanding academic performances in both individual and team settings. She was a natural leader and supporter in any tasks. - Kyuho Ahn, Head, Department of Interior Architecture and Associate Professor
Ben was tremendously invested in his course material, a leader in discussions who often identified areas of inherent conflict in this topic and sought to gain a deeper understanding of the issues involved, potential synergies, and potential tradeoffs. Thorough and insightful, his project work was in the top 1% of all the students I have had in the last 10 years of teaching this course. - Nico Larco, Professor and Director, Urbanism Next Center
Allie is inspiring and very enthusiastic about designing architectural environments for people. She really understands human contexts in built-in environments. She has mastered many design and communication tools including, sketches, hand-on schematic model making, infographics for design analysis, furniture prototyping, digital and parametric modeling, and Building Information Modeling for construction documentation. - Kyuho Ahn, Head, Department of Interior Architecture and Associate Professor
Lindsay is a student in my current Interior Design studio and will be taking her final “comprehensive” design studio with me this winter and spring. She will graduate with degrees in both Architecture and Interior Architecture. In her current project, a Community Clubhouse for young adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities she has exhibited a keen ability to forge a spatially strong project while taking the sensitivities and abilities of our users into account. - Linda Zimmer, Associate Professor