April 2019 Alumni and Friends Newsletter
The College of Art and Architecture has several connections to the University of Idaho’s forthcoming president, C. Scott Green, who was recently selected by the State Board of Education to help usher in a new era of higher education. While Scott is already part of the Vandal Family, we’re excited to welcome him back to Moscow — and show him the good work we’re doing in our college — on July 1.
Scott is Idaho-born and bred — originally from Moscow, he and his family moved to Boise when Scott was in elementary school. Scott returned to the Palouse to pursue his college education and graduated from U of I with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1984. His brother, Stephen, graduated from our Architecture Program in 1992 and is now a licensed architect in Idaho and Hawaii. Scott’s wife Gabriella is a sought-after interior designer in New York, and with all their design sensibilities, we hope they’ll enjoy the re-designed and newly built University House — where they’ll take up residence — that our alumni, faculty and students helped shape over the years.
The new house was designed and built by one of our very own architecture alums, Bob Zimmer, also a Moscow native, in partnership with fellow alum Tom Golis, who owns the Moscow-based Golis Construction. Bob is best known for being part of the team that designed the Seattle Public Library’s Central Library, which was listed in the American Institute of Architects’ 150 favorite structures in 2007. Co-founder of zimmerray studios in Seattle, Bob did an exceptional job with the design of the house. It truly is a hallmark of what an education from our college stands for — sustainability, innovation and inclusivity in design.
Bob designed the exterior of the house in black metal to blend into the surrounding landscape so the president and his family can maintain privacy. In honor of locally sourced materials, he used larch trees from U of I’s Experimental Forest for the upstairs flooring. He also ensured accessibility with a ramp and a ground-floor bedroom that could meet the needs of family or guests. To Bob’s credit — and with help from Daryle Faircloth, U of I’s facilities project architect, who’s also an alum of the college — the home will be a signature design on campus and within the state.
University House has also been a learning laboratory for our college since President Nellis’ term, from 2009-2013, when interior design students helped envision its renovation. They learned how an on-campus residence allows the president and his family to foster a close connection with the university community, as it serves as a gathering place for faculty, staff, students, alumni and U of I partners. They also learned that privacy for the president’s family is paramount, so designing concepts that separated private and public spaces became crucial.
Just recently, a new wave of interior design students were asked by President Staben and Dr. Mary Beth Staben to provide possible furniture selections and layouts for the newly designed house — an excellent learning opportunity for students given Bob’s innovative design.
The house was also the focus of one of the first Idaho Forest Products Commission Best Use of Idaho Wood competitions, which asks architecture students to create design concepts for a specific structure — in this case University House — using Idaho wood in a sustainable, innovative way.
I’m incredibly grateful for the learning laboratories available to our students, along with the clients who make themselves accessible — even if our students’ ideas don’t get fully realized. When you have the chance, I hope you’ll join me in congratulating Bob and the team on a job well done with the new University House — and in welcoming our new president to campus.
Thank you, as always, for your support of the college.
Shauna Corry, Ph.D.
College of Art and Architecture
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