Amanda Kibbel planned to study engineering at Oregon State University or the University of Washington until, on a whim, she toured the University of Oregon. “When I visited the Product Design Department at UO and saw what the students were creating and how it was a great blend of math, art, and sustainable design,” she said, “I knew instantly that that was what I wanted to study.”
UO students have re-imagined three early 20th century US Army buildings at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site by adapting commercial, retail, and educational uses of a landscape originally occupied by the British in the 19th century. The students learned to integrate principles of historic preservation and universal access while conceptualizing modern-day functions at the site.
The annual UO field school, which takes place this year in the Nez Perce National Forest in Idaho, teaches hands-on preservation techniques for historic buildings and landscapes. Skills taught range from wood and masonry repair to documenting historic features and context. Many field school participants have used the program to launch historic preservation careers. Two scholarships can help defray expenses. Applications are due June 1.
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When UO architecture undergraduate Shirley Huang had a chance to work on a real-life design project for the City of Albany, she was initially seeking practical experience. City officials thought the former St. Francis Hotel might be adapted to support housing or return to use as a hotel. Through an architecture studio course at the UO, Huang hoped to give city officials some options to implement their vision.