Emeritus UO lecturer and longtime Eugene architect Grant Seder died June 20. Seder was partners in Unthank Seder Poticha, Architects, among other firms, and completed significant design work throughout the United States and abroad. He designed the Lew Williams/Joe Romania Chevrolet dealership in Eugene that houses the College of Design’s Product Design Program; the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places as a significant example of the “Googie,” or doo-wop, design style that featured a flying roof—known in Eugene as the “potato chip.” Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
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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