College of Art and Architecture
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2461
Moscow, ID 83844-2461

phone: (208) 885-4409
fax: (208) 885-9428
email: caa@uidaho.edu


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

phone: (208) 334-2999
email: arch@uidaho.edu
website: uidaho.edu/caa/facilities/udc

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

phone: (208) 429-0220
email: kevinv@uidaho.edu
website: www.idlboise.com

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 development, 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.