As the profession adapts to meet the needs of our changing environment, planners and architects will not be able to use the tools we have today to solve the problems of tomorrow. It is crucial that emerging professionals are taught the ability to think critically about the broad implications of planning decisions in addition to the technical components. I have taught over 1,000 students in nine unique courses and anchor my teaching style on the principal of critical thinking.

My primary teaching goal is to continue teaching a diverse format of courses from studios to small advanced courses to large seminars. I would like to strengthen my focus on environmental and social sustainability, the human context of design, qualitative and architectural research methods, and the context of the profession – all areas that encourage students to survey, research, and challenge spatial traditions. I believe I am successful as an educator when I am able to empower students to lean into the unknown by equipping them with the skills to think critically and be independent learners. I do this by promoting curiosity and balancing the weight of current events with humor, fun, and hands-on exercises that get them out of the classroom and into their community.


The Human Context of Design

This course is about the buildings and landscapes of our built environment: why we build them, how they enhance our lives, how they don’t, and how we can make them better. The goal of this course is for students to develop an understanding of how human interactions with the built environment play a critical role in design, looking at design through the eyes of diverse users. The course content focuses on environment-behavior concepts and also on critical analysis and application of these concepts by designers. Examination of case studies of functional building types will be used as a means to understand psychological, social, cultural, and functional expectations that people have for the places that they inhabit. A portion of the course will introduce students to research tools to analyze how people use places and to implement what they learn in design proposals.

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Intermediate Architecture Studio: Urban Acupuncture

This studio will use the lens of “urban acupuncture” to incorporate social housing into the major renovation of the recently sold Greyhound Bus Station in downtown Eugene, OR. Urban acupuncture is a socio-spatial theory that leverages small projects to address important social issues. Housing insecurity is a core issue for the Pacific Northwest and Eugene, in particular, has piloted innovative approaches. How can architecture leverage this critical site toward the relief of housing insecurity while still engaging the public and commercial functions of a prominent urban street?

The Greyhound Bus Station is a historic building with unique Art Deco elements. The Urban Acupuncture studio will work through themes of historic preservation, mixed-use development, and social housing to propose concepts that engage the public realm and stimulate spatial equity in the city. Students will study the morphology of Eugene over the twentieth century and assess the success of turn-of-the-century urban renewal efforts. They will work individually to propose a program and ultimately a building concept and site development plan that complies with the city’s master planning guidelines and growth goals as well as prescriptive sustainability standards. Studio work includes site visits, stakeholder interactions, in-studio work and review, lectures and readings.

Introductory Architecture Studio

Design studios in the second-year build upon the first-year studios. This course is the fourth in a sequence of four core introductory undergraduate design studios. More complex studio projects are offered in subsequent terms to students who successfully pass these core studios. The design studio provides a forum to introduce and methodologically develop fundamental architectural design skills. Graphic presentation, critical thought, ad seeking with writing abilities are understood as key elements of student development in basic design. Studio assignments are cumulative, build in complexity, and are intended to accelerate the student’s growth as a designer. Students are expected to work in an iterative fashion and make conceptually coherent decision throughout the design process based upon precedent, the interaction between formal ordering systems and activity support, building construction systems, and life safety and accessibility needs. One of the primary goals of the second-year design studios is to enable students to develop strong working processes and methods that will allow them to be prepared for and successful in more advanced studios and beyond.

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Professional Context

This course provides students with an introduction to the professional practice of architecture and related careers. Together we will examine the professional, legal, and regulatory environment; firm organization and management; marketing and bidding process; contractual issues; ethics and equity issues; and, the construction process. It will also explore issues and questions that can generate more provocative discussion about the profession in contemporary culture and economy, the relevance and value of professional practice, and new ways of delivering projects. The classic topics covered in the class are the profession, the firm, and the project. The profession includes professional organizations, licensure, and development; legal responsibilities; ethics and professional judgment; as well as career options within the professions. The firm includes modes of practice; firm structure, business management, and financial management; and, firm identity and marketing. The project includes project management, administration, and leadership; multidisciplinary team organization; project phases, products, and fees; contracts; scheduling and budgeting; and the client role.

Master Planning Principals

This course is an introduction to master planning principles, processes, and products as prescribed in UFC 2-100-01, Master Planning. The purpose of the course is to make planners more effective by providing them an overview of the fundamentals of master planning as it is practiced by the Army and other DoD and federal agencies as well as by local cities and towns. For non-planners, this course provides an overview of the fundamentals of master planning. General planning principles covered in this course apply to the U.S. Army Reserves and other military services, the Civil Works Community, other Government agencies, and the civilian planning community. Participants should be aware that this course is focused on planning and not programming DD 1391 preparation and the design and construction of facilities. Since planning defines what is to be programmed, it is essential that programmers understand how the planning process is formulated, its integration with NEPA process, its consideration of sustainability and energy factors, and how the process guides all development.

Master Planning for Energy & Sustainability

This course focuses on how to apply principles of resiliency, sustainability, and energy efficiency in the planning and development of installations. These principles are consistent with DoD policy on the development of Installation Energy and Water Plans that require energy and water efficiency integrated into planning processes for all installations, DoD commitments to following industry standards like ASHRAE 189-2, and Public Laws on master planning. This course does not focus on detailed engineering and design but helps students recognize that master plans set the standard from which all projects (including energy projects) are developed.

Master Planning Sustainability & Resilience

This course connects the key elements of installation energy/water planning and master planning through use of modeling tools. The goal of the course is to make planners more effective by providing them with an understanding of the role of master planning in achieving sustainability and resiliency goals, by learning how to quantify impacts. Students will learn how to use the USACE developed SMPl/Net Zero Planner tool to identify resilient solutions in conjunction with master planning. For non-planners, this course provides linkages to achieve sustainable, resilient installations and allows professionals to use automated modeling tools to quantify impacts.

Sustainable Military Building Design & Construction

This course provides practical, hands-on training in this rapidly emerging and dynamic body of sustainability requirements that applies to all military construction. Trainees will gain understanding of the High Performance and Sustainable Buildings requirements (UFC 1-200-02)and become familiar with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Building Design + Construction(LEED-BD+C) project rating tool. This course will help develop a skill set of procedures trainees can employ to successfully implement sustainable design and third party certification in projects as well as defining the documentation requirements to demonstrate compliance with Federal Guiding Principles.

Sustainable Historic Structures

This course focuses on the planning and design of installation buildings as it pertains to the sustainable/resilient reuse of historic structures and landscapes. The appropriate management and consideration of historic resources is required per public law (National Defense Authorization Acts of 2013 and 2014) and DoD UFC 2-100-01, Installation Master Planning. Further, with DoD and Army focus on footprint reduction and reuse, smart repurposing of these historic structures and landscapes are essential. This course instructs planners, historic preservation experts, and designers on the appropriate implementation of the UFC 2-100-01 planning strategy that addresses natural, cultural, and historic resource management. The course also provides instruction in identifying unique characteristics, legal requirements, procedures, technical knowledge, and skills necessary to administer, maintain, repair, and repurpose historic properties in conjunction with the master planning policies of the Army and DoD.

Master Planning Advanced Techniques

This course teaches planning techniques described in the upcoming new UFC on Area Development Planning. The course provides detailed instruction on how to implement principles for area development planning set forth in DoD and NASA planning guidance. It also provides an overview of comprehensive planning techniques needed to integrate various planning considerations that must be comprehensively addressed in the development of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and even NASA installations and communities. Through intensive, hands on training, students will learn how to prepare a UFC-compliant ADP. Students will learn how to incorporate planning charrette techniques to develop the ADP using a real world-planning problem at a federal installation. Students will also learn how to write a clear planning vision, research existing documents, conduct a site analysis, prepare and evaluate alternatives, develop a business case, and detail a preferred alternative that includes an illustrative plan, regulating plan, and phasing plans. Through the exercise, students will be faced with various planning considerations and will be required to holistically integrate these considerations into a comprehensive solution that meets mission requirements and provides for a quality urban design solution that is sustainable and compatible with the installation’s vision for real property development.