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E-mail: arch@uidaho.edu

College of Art and Architecture
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2451
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2451

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University of Idaho
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Boise, ID 83702

Wendy McClure

Wendy McClure

Office: AAS 308
Phone: (208) 885-6473
Email: wmcclure@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Architecture and Interior Design
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS2451
Moscow, ID 83844-2451

College of Art & Architecture
Architecture and Interior Design

Home Town: New Canaan, Connecticut
Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 1987

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Community Design and Planning
    • Urban and Town Morphology with emphasis on railroad and mining town development in the intermountain west
    • Sustainable Development
    • Architectural Design
    • Historic Preservation and Downtown Revitalization Participatory Design
    • Member Editorial Board of Journal Urban Morphology (2005-present)
    • Sustainable/Regenerative Development
    • Smart Growth - Consultant for intermountain communities and non-profits
    • Former chair and Board Member Idaho Historic Sites Review Board 1995-2006, member Moscow Historic Preservation Commission (2009-12), member 1912 Building Use Committee( 2008-present)
    • Workshops in intermountain communities area and National “Your Town Workshop” series
  • Biography
    Wendy McClure is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Idaho, practicing architect and community planner. She was the first woman architecture faculty member to be tenured and promoted. She was also the first woman to serve as chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Idaho. She is a recipient of the University of Idaho’s 2011 Teaching Excellence Award” in recognition of her program to engage students and communities in “action-based”, service-learning partnerships.

    Since joining the university faculty in 1987, she has developed an integrated outreach, teaching and research program, which targets the revitalization needs of Northwest communities. Through the venue of design studio, Wendy has engaged design students in community revitalization projects for over 40 northwest communities. Some of her publications on the subject of downtown revitalization include The Rural Town: Designing for Growth and Sustainability and a chapter for Downtowns: Revitalizing the Centers of Small Urban Communities. She is co-editor and contributing author of The Built Environment: A Collaborative Inquiry into Design and Planning released by John Wiley and Sons in 2007 and is preparing a manuscript on town-making and sustainable transformations in the intermountain west.

    Wendy is the recipient of the Idaho Historic Preservation Council’s “distinguished preservationist award for superlative achievement in preserving the state’s resources,” several city and county orchid awards for preservation projects, a New Orleans Historic Landmarks Commission design award for “outstanding achievement in preservation“ and (4) UI alumni awards for excellence in teaching.
  • Selected Publications
    • Laninga, Austin and McClure. “University/Community Engagement in Small Western Towns” Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (in press)
    • Preserving Rural Character and Enhancing Sustainable Development through Service-Learning Partnerships
    • McClure, W. “Profiles of Railroad Town Planning and Transformation in the Inland Empire” Geographical Perspectives of the Inland Northwest: A Regional Exploration and Field Guide. Dick G. Winchell, Editor. Submitted March 2008. (In press: Eastern Washington University Press).
    • McClure, W., and Bartuska, T. editors. The Built Environment: A Collaborative Inquiry Into Design and Planning. John Wiley& Sons Inc. 2007.
    • McClure, W. “Community design as a venue for exploring interstitial space in architectural and landscape architectural education” Architecture Journal 306090 Vol. 07, Landscape Within Architecture 2004. 306090 Inc. 2004
    • McClure, W. “Managing and Getting Design Assistance” Your Town: The Citizen’s Institute on Rural Design, National Endowment for the Arts. 2004.
    • McClure, W “Railroad Towns” Encyclopedia of Community: Shared Places, Shared Meanings, from the Village to Virtual World Vol 3 Berkshire Publishing LTD, 2003.
    • McClure, Wendy and Hurand, F, “Re-engaging the Public in the Art of Community Place-making” Downtowns: Revitalizing the Centers of Small Urban Communities, Burayidi, Michael A. (editor) New York, NY: Garland Publishing, 2001.  

    *For a complete list of publications, projects and awards, view full CV.

  • Research Projects
    • Design and planning studies to promote sustainable development in collaboration with intermountain communities and non-profit organizations:
      • “Best Development Practices of the Northern Rockies” (R. Carpenter Associate Director Sonoran Institute, Ralph Johnson, Montana State University and W. McClure) 2011-2012
      • Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute and Conservation Communities of Seattle LLC (2009)
      • Sheridan, Wyo. Workshop and keynote speaker on Best Design Practices for Sheridan Wyoming Land Institute in Collaboration with the Sonoran Institute (2008)
    • Town-making and transformations: A Morphological Study of Development and Change in Railroad and Mining Communities of the intermountain West (2007-present)
    • WR McClure Architect
      • New earth sheltered residence Latah County t (in design phase)
      • Additions to existing historic and new contemporary residences featuring sustainable design strategies (Moscow and Latah County)
  • Outreach Projects
    • Coordinator of architecture student partnership with the Nez Perce Tribe Economic and Community Planning to complete design and planning feasibility studies for a new Entrepreneurial Center featuring tribal arts on (4) alternative sites in Lapwai, ID 2011.
    • Faculty coordinator of interdisciplinary project to design a new community and wellness center and pool enclosure in collaboration with the Kamiah Community Partners Coalition, Idaho Horizon’ Program and UI Center for Service Learning and Kamiah, ID 2011. ( McClure, Corry, Ekins and Gray)
    • Invited speaker and faculty for the 2011 National Summit of Mining Communities (NSMC)
      Presentation entitled “Finding Reliable Prosperity in Historic Mining Towns of the Rocky Mountain West,” Elko, NV, April 2011.
    • Faculty Coordinator with City of Moscow staff and Moscow Urban Renewal Agency to complete master planning and assessment of draft design guidelines for Legacy Crossing Urban Renewal District, 2010.
    • Faculty coordinator of student designs of New Marina and Concession Facility at Heyburn State Park Chatcolet Area, Fall 2010
    • Faculty coordinator of Global Architecture Brigade to El Cope, Panama, to complete emergency repairs and design community meeting hall and living quarters for summer 2010 construction (Spring break 2010)
    • Invited speaker and faculty for Third Year class of Economic Development Professionals, Northwest Community Development Institute, 2010 and 2007
    • Participant in student design and planning studies for downtown Priest River ID, 2009 (Drown, Austin, and McClure)
    • Coordinator of student design and planning proposals for a new green village in collaboration with the Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute and Conservation Communities LLP, 2009.
    • Team member for training workshop on smart growth Sheridan, Wyo., 2008.
    • Team member with Stephen Drown and Gary Austin in student design and planning studies for Cascade, Idaho, 2008.
    • Coordinator of student design of new green city hall for Challis, Idaho. (2008)
    • Northwest Community Development Institute Advanced Class (2007)
    • Coordinator with Gary Austin of student design and planning studies in support of comprehensive planning processes for Sandpoint, Idaho, 2006.
    • Coordinator of student design of community center for Florence, Mont., 2005.
    • Coordinator of student downtown revitalization study for Driggs, Idaho, 2004.
  • Awards and Honors
    • University of Idaho 2011 Teaching Excellence Award
    • Nominee for University of Idaho Excellence in Outreach and Service 2011 and 2012
    • University of Idaho Alumni Award for Excellence 2005, 2004, 1996, 1994.
    • Outstanding Faculty of the Year from AIAS (American Institute of Architects Student Chapter) 2005.
    • Distinguished Preservationist Award from Idaho Historic Preservation Council “in recognition of superlative achievement in preserving Idaho’s heritage,” May 1995.
    • Member of editorial board of the journal Urban Morphology (2005-present)
    • Orchid Award from City of Moscow and Latah County Historic Preservation Commissions in recognition of demonstrated commitment and exceptional contribution to the preservation of Latah County’s historical resources,” May 1995 and 1999
    • Faculty advisor for 2002 AIAS University of Idaho Student Design Competition - first place Bob Barker and Travis Averett for their design of the 9/11 memorial
    • Certificate of Merit as faculty advisor for National Leading Edge Student Design Competition UI team Curtis Banger, Dan Rentsch, and Aaron Harp (winners of category for technical integration) 2001.