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College of Art and Architecture

College of Art and Architecture

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2461
 Moscow, ID 83844-2461

Phone: 208-885-4409

Fax: 208-885-9428

Email: caa@uidaho.edu

Research, Outreach & Creative Activities

The College of Art and Architecture is a leader in art and design research. From sustainable ecological design to innovative sculpting techniques to virtual worlds created for scientific communities, opportunities abound for students to conduct impactful research.

In the Classroom

We consider teaching and research to be complementary activities that reinforce each other. Faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized for their expertise bring their research into the classroom and involve both undergraduate and graduate students.

Students have outstanding opportunities to partake in research addressing some of the most pressing issues facing communities today. These opportunities often take the form of hands-on studios.

Featured Projects

Virtual Lab for High School Students

Undergraduate students in our Virtual Technology and Design Program are helping spark interest in the sciences through a virtual lab they created for high school students, using Unreal Engine, a visualization tool. Within the lab, students can interact with proteins, which are responsible for the structure, function and regulation of the body’s tissues and organs. The goal is to predict how mutations influence the way proteins fold and bind to other molecules, and how certain pathogens might then evade drug therapy like antibiotics.

NSF grant award OIA-1736253 - RII Track-2 FEC: Using Biophysical Protein Models to Map Genetic Variation to Phenotypes

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Helping the Magic Valley Remain Resilient

Students and faculty in our Landscape Architecture Program and Center for Resilient Communities developed models of alternative future scenarios, like drought caused by climate change, for communities in Idaho’s Magic Valley — the epicenter of the state’s agricultural industry — so they can proactively adapt to a different time.

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Using Games to Improve Lives

Students in our Virtual Technology and Design Program created a modification of a Minecraft-style video game that educates kids in Idaho’s Silver Valley about the dangers of lead contamination.

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Design-Build Connects Students with Real Clients

Architecture students designed and built a snowmobile warming hut for people in the remote North Idaho wilderness. The project was a collaboration with the Sandpoint Ranger District, the National Forest Foundation, Idaho Forest Group, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Winter Riders Snowmobile Club.

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Research Centers

Center for Resilient Communities

The CRC addresses the social, economic and environmental issues effecting community resilience in Idaho and the Western United States.

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Integrated Design Lab

The IDL is dedicated to the development of high performance buildings in the Intermountain West with emphasis on energy efficiency, building systems and the integration of human factors.

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Virtual Technology and Design Lab

The Virtual Technology Laboratory of the University of Idaho specializes in innovative interdisciplinary research in simulation, virtualization, and social-ecological systems.

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College of Art and Architecture

College of Art and Architecture

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2461
 Moscow, ID 83844-2461

Phone: 208-885-4409

Fax: 208-885-9428

Email: caa@uidaho.edu