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Architecture Program

Phone: (208) 885-6781
Fax: (208) 885-9428

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

Urban Design Center

phone: (208) 334-2999

Urban Design Center
University of Idaho
322 E Front Street, Suite 120
Boise, ID 83702

Outreach & Research Projects

College of Southern Idaho Vocational Technical Building
The University of Idaho’s Integrated Design Lab (IDL) with funding from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) has recently completed substantial daylight analysis of a proposed new building on the College of Southern Idaho’s (CSI) campus. Working with CTA Architects and Engineers the IDL began this research and outreach project in the beginning of the 2009 calendar year. The building analyzed is the proposed new home for the CSI automotive and auto body program as well as the new wind energy technician program that began last year. The space consists of two large high bay spaces one oriented to the north (wind shop) and the other oriented to the south (automotive). The roofline cascades down from the north side creating an abundant opportunity for architectural daylighting. The west most portion of the building houses the supporting classrooms and services for the building. As home to the new wind energy technician program the college wanted the building not only to house the program, but be a part of the education. Having worked with CTA and the IDL on several other campus projects the college has pushed the energy savings envelope in the past and understands the benefits of good daylight. For this project they really want to drive energy savings lower than before and integrate renewable energy technology as part of the buildings educational program.
McCall Carbon-Neutral Living Facility
In 2006, a carbon-neutral studio was formed by Professor Bruce Haglund. The major focus of the 2006 studio was site planning and schematic design planning of individual campus buildings at one of the University of Idaho’s field campuses in McCall, Idaho. In fall, 2008, a second studio in the sequence was formed by Assistant Professor Frank Jacobus with a focus on the design of a single living facility for the campus that could house up to 16 students and two chaperones.
The Redesign of one of Tacoma, WA's Neighborhoods
For the last four years, senior architecture students have redesigned a neighborhood in the city of Tacoma, Washington. The primary goal is to design not just sustainable buildings but sustainable neighborhoods, pedestrian-oriented environments with connections to public transit that that discourage crime and encourage positive social interaction between people who live, work, and shop in the neighborhoods. Before designing, students examine the neighborhoods to gain an understanding of the character and integrity of the existing architecture, businesses, and transportation patterns. Objectives include preserving the character of the neighborhoods, maintaining and adaptively reusing historic buildings, maintaining existing single family housing and viable businesses, providing services for existing and new residents, enhancing public transportation and encouraging walking, providing a variety of new housing choices, and stimulating business development by enhancing the urban environment. Students strive to understand, retain, and enhance the unique qualities of each neighborhood.