Contact Us

Moscow Campus

College of Art and Architecture

phone: (208) 885-4409
fax: (208) 885-9428

College of Art & Architecture
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2461
Moscow, ID 83844-2461

Boise Campus

phone: (208) 334-2999

website: UDC

Urban Design Center
University of Idaho
322 E Front Street, Suite120
Boise, ID 83702

IDL in Boise

Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg,
Integrated Design Lab Director

phone: (208) 429-0220

Integrated Design Lab
306 S 6th St.
Boise, ID 83702

Randall Teal and student look at architecture plans

Community-Based Design

As part of a strong outreach mission, our college has a long-standing history of collaborating with professionals, governmental agencies, business leaders and nonprofit organizations on design, visual art and planning projects for communities in the state and region.

These community-based design programs are an important learning tool for our students. They provide valuable practical experiences as well as much-needed services for communities throughout Idaho.

Our students and faculty are making a difference in communities through art and design. 

Featured Projects:
  • Redevelopment planning of the mountain community of Cascade, Idaho
  • Design-build project of a carbon-neutral building, one of the first of its kind in the nation, located on the University of Idaho campus in McCall, Idaho
  • Restoration and flood prevention plans for Paradise Creek in Moscow
  • Interactive virtual environment to promote sustainability of Basque culture in Boise
  • Community sustainability projects throughout the state
  • Virtual living human prototype for health care research and education
  • Sustainable urban design concepts for eight blocks of the South Tacoma Mixed-Use Center
  • Buhl Fish Wall

Past Projects:

  • Design demonstrations of sustainable development for commercial, mixed-use and housing in Moscow
  • Master plan with 3D walkthroughs for Sawtooth Botanical Garden in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • Site planning for local, state and national parks
  • Playground wall mural for a local elementary school
  • Designs for regional community centers
  • Promotional material for Moscow's annual summer music festival, Rendezvous in the Park
  • Training simulator for a local law enforcement agency and a virtual “time machine” that allows users to explore historical events or places in context
  • Second-life project to be used in the orientation of new University of Idaho students
  • Virtual animation productions for University student musical and theatrical performances
  • Design of the Schitsu'umsh Cultural Institute for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe
  • Design of the museum portion of the Huhugam Heritage Center within the Gila River Indian Community
  • Design of the McKinley Hill Mixed-Use Center in Tacoma
  • Neighborhood design for the Lincoln and Brewery Districts of Tacoma


Making a difference through art and design.

Students designed and painted wall murals for a playground at Genesee Elementary School.