University of Oregon

Historic Preservation Program

Robert Thallon

Robert ThallonAssociate Professor of Architecture and Associate Dean for Administration for the School of Architecture and Allied Arts

phone: 541-346-3631
office: 107 Lawrence Hall

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; and M.Arch University of Oregon.  The practice and publications of Associate Professor Rob Thallon support architecture that is affordable, climate responsive, inclusive, and supportive of human activity through elegant design and client participation. He teaches courses in building construction and design studios with a focus on public buildings that address environmental responsibility.

Thallon has authored two books on the detailing of light wood frame buildings: Graphic Guide to Frame Construction: Details for Builders and Designers (Taunton, 2nd ed. 2000), and Graphic Guide to Interior Details: For Builders and Designers (Taunton, 1998). With these two publications, Thallon thoroughly illustrates an affordable approach to long-lasting construction.

He has also co-authored Fundamentals of Residential Construction (Wiley, 2002) with Edward Allen, FAIA; Graphic Guide to Site Construction (Taunton Press, 2003) with UO Professor of Landscape Architecture Stan Jones; and The Owner-Builder and the Code: The Politics of Building Your Home with Ken Kurn and Ted Kogan.

Thallon’s architectural practice integrates site planning, landscape design, building design, and construction to achieve enduring, sustainable homes and workplaces. His residential projects have appeared in Patterns of Home (Taunton, 2002) and The Cabin (Taunton, 2001), as well as in the magazine Fine Homebuilding. In addition to single family houses, his firm has designed wineries, commercial buildings, and several award-winning housing developments. Thallon has served on the board of the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO) in Eugene since 1998. Teaches Building Construction and course work related to the Croatia Conservation Field School.