Details at a Glance
University of Oregon's School of Architecture & Environment is nationally recognized for its innovation and sustainability research including the design of buildings, interiors, landscapes and communities. We are committed to the principles of civic responsibility, environmental sustainability, international understanding, and interdisciplinary education. We help students develop the values, knowledge, skills, and practices they need to create better architecture and environments that resonate with people and their cultural, physical, and ecological worlds.
Register for Graduate Program Information Sessions here.
Portfolio (Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Architecture): Applicants should include projects or other independent work that demonstrates a potential for visual and spatial thinking and an environmental awareness. A photographic essay, observations, and analysis of a place, travel sketches, fine arts, or craft studies are some of the possibilities. If group work is included, clearly explain the nature and extent of your contribution. Track II applicants should provide samples of their design work.
Portfolio (Historic Preservation): May include examples of written material and graphic work. If you have not had experience related to preservation, submit selections that illustrate your research and writing skills and creative work.
Master of Architecture (M.Arch; professionally accredited): January 4 (priority); April 1 (rolling admissions)
Master of Science in Architecture (MS in Architecture; research-based): December 2 (priority); April 1 (rolling admissions)
PhD in Architecture: December 2
Master of Interior Architecture (M.Iarch; professionalyl accredited): January 10 (priority); April 1 (rolling admissions)
Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA; professionally accredited): January 15 (priority); May 1 (rolling admissions)
PhD in Landscape Architecture: January 15 (priority); May 1 (rolling admissions)
Master of Science in Historic Preservation: January 31 (priority); May 1 (rolling admissions)
Clubs & Associations
AHSA Art History Student Association
The Art History Student Association facilitates and promotes educational and professional development opportunities for students interested in the history of the visual arts, regardless of major field of study. We are affiliated with the Art History Department at the University of Oregon.
AIAS American Institute of Architecture Students
The mission of the American Institute of Architecture Students is to organize architecture students in a combined effort for advancement in the field of architecture. We strive to provide a stronger connection between the educational environment and the professional world. Our goal is to supplement architectural education with specific events that connect students with professionals in the field of architecture.
ASHP Associated Students for Historic Preservation
The mission of the Associated Students for Historic Preservation is to advance knowledge and understanding among students, professionals, and educators throughout the nation. Members of ASHP are responsible for publishing ASHP Journal, organizing Historic Preservation Week, arranging special lectures and events, and sponsoring field trips to historic sites.
ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers, Oregon Student Chapter
Contact: Isabel Rivera, email@example.com
The University of Oregon ASHRAE Student Branch was established in Spring 1999, under the sponsorship of the Oregon ASHRAE Chapter. We are the first student chapter in the state, and our membership is primarily comprised of architecture students. Through branch activities, we seek to understand the integration of environmental systems, the codes and standards related to produce energy-efficient, healthy, and comfortable environments, and we want to participate in the networking and career opportunities that can help us to design better buildings. Understanding the processes by which architectural and engineering professions can work together is a critical goal of this branch.
ASLA American Society of Landscape Architects
The student ASLA mission is to serve as a resource and link between UO Landscape Architecture students, National and Oregon ASLA, and the professional community. We support the Landscape Architecture student body, promote professional development, and provide educational assistance throughout the academic year. Learn more...
CASL Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Living
The mission of the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Living (CASL) is to demonstrate ecologically and socially sustainable technologies and living practices in a residential setting, to provide hands-on experiential learning opportunities for the University of Oregon community, to collect and disseminate information about such technologies and practices, and to facilitate original research in this field. CASL is dedicated to challenging the notion that living lightly is difficult or burdensome.
DFA Design For America
Contact: Maddy Landis-Croft, Studio Lead, firstname.lastname@example.org
Design for America (DFA) is an award-winning nationwide network of interdisciplinary student teams and community members using design to create local and social impact. They teach human centered design to young adults and collaborating community partners through extra-curricular, university based, student led design studios tackling national challenges in Education, Health, Economy and Environment.
EDC Ecological Design Center
The Ecological Design Center (EDC) promotes a sustainable relationship between the built and natural worlds. The EDC educates University of Oregon design students with the awareness, sensitivity, and expertise necessary to lead communities toward sustainability. The EDC is currently focusing on advocating for an interdisciplinary ecological design curriculum, cultivating networking opportunities between design students and professionals, creating a forum for ecological design dialogue, and encouraging the implementation of ecological design at the University of Oregon. EDC initiatives include: the annual HOPES conference, the installation of solar panels on the Student Recreation Center and the EMU, the installation of solar hot water array on the Student Recreation Center, and numerous lectures and educational events.
IDSAUO Industrial Designers Society of America
The University of Oregon IDSA chapter is a great resource for students who are seeking networking connections and extracurricular resources. IDSA offers student workshops, hosts design firm and studio tours, and brings speakers from around the country to campus. This group coordinates through OrgSync (search IDSA).
IIDA International Interior Design Association
Facebook: University of Oregon IIDA
Instagram: iida_uo (IIDA UO Student Chapter)
IIDA is a professional organization dedicated to commercial interior designers. Here, at the University of Oregon Campus Center, we strive to promote the interior design profession, connect students with their peers and professionals, and prepare future interior designers for the transition from school to the profession. Through involvement with IIDA, emerging professionals have the opportunity to participate in various events such as: networking opportunities, guest speakers, design charrettes, project tours and much more.
LiveMove's mission is to promote healthy, sustainable communities by integrating transportation and livability through collaboration, education, research, and outreach. We bring together undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to focus on the planning and design of transportation systems. We offer opportunities to collaborate on planning and design projects, to gain leadership skills, to bring in high-profile guest speakers, and to network. LiveMove receives generous funding through a grant from the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) to support University students to attend educational conferences, workshops, or seminars to enhance their understanding of transportation-related issues.
OFAS University of Oregon Fine Arts Society
The Oregon Fine Arts Society is a group of students within the College of Art and Design working to advocate for arts education and help students gain practical knowledge in the fields of curating and gallery management. The Oregon Fine Arts Society promotes the exhibition of student artwork around campus and plans and hosts events which showcase student's skills in arts management and display design.
PSC Portland Student Council
The Portland Student Council addresses the interests of UO students studying at the White Stag Block in Portland, Oregon. PSC also seeks to strengthen the presence of Portland students as representatives of the University of Oregon and the College of Design.
STAnDD Supporting the Advancement of Diversity in Design
STAnDD strives to support a community for the advancement of underrepresented groups and the promotion of diversity in the fields of architecture and design. STAnDD is committed to the professional development of students in design professions and works to provide access for all students to attend conferences and events that will prepare them for their future careers. STAnDD is also committed to creating a culture of inclusion by making current disparities understood and a part of a larger conversation about equity in the field.
UODA University of Oregon Design Association
The University of Oregon Design Association (UODA) is a great resource for students seeking design experience. Through UODA, design students can work on projects for clients (or just for fun), and also meet other like-minded students. The most common majors in the club are digital arts and advertising, though it’s in no way restricted by them. All experience levels are welcome.