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Wendy McClure

Wendy McClure

Professor Emeritus


AA 208



Mailing Address

Architecture Program
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2481
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2481

Professor Emeritus Wendy R. McClure is a practicing architect, urban morphologist and community planner. She was the first woman architecture faculty member to be tenured and to serve as chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Idaho. During her tenure at the university Wendy developed an integrated outreach, teaching and research program which targeted the revitalization needs of Northwest communities. Her program to engage students in action-based learning was honored with a University of Idaho “Teaching Excellence Award”. Professionally she received an Idaho Historic Preservation Council’s “distinguished preservationist award” and, a “New Orleans Historic Landmarks Commission design award for “outstanding achievement in preservation.”

Wendy’s research areas include the morphology of historic Rocky Mountain towns, sustainable development, and historic preservation. She is co-editor and contributing author of the books The Built Environment: A Collaborative Inquiry into Design and Planning and The Rural Town: Designing for Growth and Sustainability. She co-authored a book chapter entitled “Re-engaging the public in the art of community place-making” for Downtowns: Revitalizing the Centers of Small Urban Communities. Since becoming emeritus faculty, Wendy has remained engaged in scholarship and community service. In partnership with 3 other architecture faculty, she recently completed Archipedia Idaho- an online publication featuring 100 of Idaho’s most representative buildings and places. Locally, Wendy serves as chair of the Moscow Planning and Zoning and Moscow Historic Preservation Commissions. Nationally she is a peer for the Government Service’s Administration Design Excellence Program. Internationally, Wendy serves as the current President of ISUF, a scholarly organization focused on urban morphology research throughout the world.

  • Master of Architecture, Univ. of Washington, 1977
  • BA Architecture and Environmental Studies University of Pennsylvania, 1974

  • Architectural Design
  • Sustainable/Regenerative Community Design and Planning
  • Railroad and Mining town development in the intermountain west, past and present
  • Historic Preservation and downtown revitalization
  • Town and Urban Morphology
  • Sustainable development

  • McClure, W. “Interlacing urban morphology and design studio education: the time is ripe” Urban Morphology 2014 Vol. 18.2  Dorset Press Dorchester
  • McClure, W. “Nineteenth International Seminar on Urban Form, Delft Netherlands 2012” Urban Morphology 2013 Vol. 17.1 Dorset Press Dorchester
  • McClure,W. “Sustaining place-identity in historic mining cities of the US Rocky Mountain West” Design & Nature and Economics V.8.No.4 Special Issue on “Vision for Sustainable Urbanism” B. Kazimee editor WIT Press Southampton 2013
  • Laninga, T., Austin, G. and McClure, W. “University/Community Engagement in Small Western Towns: Preserving rural character and enhancing community sustainability through service learning partnerships” Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship 2012 (5)1.
  • McClure, Wendy R. McClure, Wendy R. “Sustainable Town-making and Transformations: Profiles of Historic Mining Towns in the Rocky Mountains of the United States” published in the digital Proceedings of the 17th International Seminar on Urban Form, Hamburg-Lubeck, Jürgen Lafrenz and  Alex Rostkowski, eds. Universität Hamburg: Institut für Geographie, Hamburg, Germany 2010.
  • McClure, W., Bruce Haglund, and Frank Jacobus. “Sustainability: Designing a pervasive and integrative curriculum” published in Re-Building:98th Annual ACSA Meeting Bruce Goodwin and Judith Kinnard Editors. 2010 National Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture ACSA Press Washington, DC 2010.
  • 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.

  • 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 (current)
  • WR McClure Architect
    • Additions to existing historic and new contemporary residences featuring sustainable design strategies (Moscow and Latah County)
    • Accessory Dwelling Units
    • New earth sheltered residence Latah County (schematic)

  • Coordinator of architecture and interior design student partnership with the Nez Perce Tribe Economic and Community Planning to complete a tribal land use plan for Lapwai, ID 2014
  • Coordinator of architecture and interior design student partnership with the Nez Perce Tribe Economic and Community Planning to complete feasibility studies on multiple sites for a new tribal headquarters, housing for tribal elders and adaptive use of historic Parade Grounds structures Lapwai, ID 2014
  • Coordinator of student documentation and research study of North Main Street in partnership with City of Moscow Community Development and Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Coordinator of architecture and interior design student partnership with UI facilities director Ray Pankoph to explore expansion ideas for Art and Architecture North
  • Coordinator of architecture student design and planning feasibility studies of facilities for wine production, tasting and agri-tourism in Nez Perce County in collaboration with  Nez Perce County Planning Department 2012.  
  • Coordinator of architecture student design feasibility study in partnership with the Port of Clarkston, WA and GoNano start–up company
  • Coordinator of design and planning feasibility studies for a new Entrepreneurial Center featuring tribal arts on (4) alternative sites in Lapwai, ID 2011.
  • 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 with Sonoran Institute 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.

  • Member of the ISUF (International Seminar on Urban Form) Council (2014-2017)
  • Invited Speaker for the 2014 Malcolm M. Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium
  • Member Editorial Board international journal Urban Morphology (2005-2012)
  • University of Idaho 2011 Teaching Excellence Award
  • Recipient of 2011 the “Hermana de Apoyo” Award, granted by Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity
  • Nominee for University of Idaho Excellence in Outreach and Service 2011 and 2012
  • University of Idaho Alumni Award for Excellence 2013, 2012, 2005, 2004, 1996, 1994.
  • Outstanding Faculty of the Year from AIAS (American Institute of Architects Student Chapter) 2014 and 2005.
  • Distinguished Preservationist Award from Idaho Historic Preservation Council “in recognition of superlative achievement in preserving Idaho’s heritage,” May 1995.
  • 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 Fellowship in Service-Learning, 2000-01 Inaugural Class of Faculty Fellows in Service-Learning
  • Faculty advisor for Carolyn Bogert, American Homebuilders Association “Aging in Place Competition” 2nd  place national design award, 2001
  • 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.
  • Sabbaticals awarded 2007-08 and 1998-1999.


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Mailing Address:
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