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Gould Pavilion

In 2015, the College of Built Environments opened a new interactive learning and exhibit space—Gould Pavilion. Made up of three gallery spaces and the McKinley Futures Studio, together these spaces serve to educate the next generation of built environments professionals. As the ethos of our College’s culture is to share, experience, and learn from and with others, Gould Pavilion provides a place for our students, faculty, professionals, and the community to come together to discuss design, the future of urban spaces, to understand history, and facilitate change.


The Gould Pavilion gallery is a space which hosts featured works by regional and internationally known built environments innovators and influencers. The varying exhibits act as a place for students to learn and the public to engage in the deep examination, impact, and craft the built environments have on our world.

Professional Gallery exhibits include:

  • Jim Olson – Home Base
  • Suyama, Peterson, Deguchi – In-Between

CBE student work is also featured in the gallery. The academic and design focused projects our students produce are showcased for other students and the public to learn and engage with forward-thinking concepts our students produce.

Student exhibits have included:

  • Undergraduate furniture studio
  • Graduate furniture studio
  • Making the Cut
  • CEP Turns 21
  • BE End of Year Show

Education + Exhibition Space

McKinley Futures Studio
Each year, the McKinley Futures Studio invites two CBE faculty members to co-host a course dedicated to a specific region or topic related to the future. Students are tasked with producing projects that generate research-based hypothetical design scenarios and are challenged to consider larger problems facing society—health, the environment, the economy, science, and technology. Since its launch these studios have focused on: Cities on Water and Smart Cities and Urban Productivity. This intensive quarter requires students to consult with, and be critiqued by, experts outside of the design fields—lawyers, environmental experts, healthcare providers, and business leaders. They use the perspectives and feedback to develop potential solutions, and present their findings and proposals at an end of year critique.

“The Futures Studio opened my mind to the very real and larger implications design can have. As a designer, I learned so much more about myself and my potential, when I was pushed beyond my comfort zone and forced to define my own boundaries,” Riva Black, master of architecture student.

David McKinley graduated from the College of Built Environments in 1953. At the time, he was already thinking of the future, what it will look like, how people will move around, and where food will come from. An instrumental architect involved in constructing many Seattle’s icons including the UW’s Red Square and buildings for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair—David sought to ensure that the UW continued producing visionary and bold built environment professionals. Together with his wife Jan, they established the Jeanette and David McKinley Endowment for the Design of Future Architectural Environments was established.

Jim Olson Gallery — Jim Olson is a founding partner of Olson Kundig Architects in Seattle, WA. He graduated from the College of Built Environments with a BA in Architecture in 1963. Olson is best known designing residential home with a specialization in designing houses for art collectors. Olson’s work is characterized by careful framing and light; he will often frame a particular view of the sky, a mountain, or a lake through a window, as if it was piece of artwork. Regional commercial designs include Lightcatcher at the Whatcom County Museum, Bellevue Botanical Garden Visitor Center, and the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum. Olson was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 1990 and in 2009 Olson Kundig Architects was awarded with the Architecture Firm Award.

Norman Johnston and L. Jane Hastings Gallery — Norman Johnston and L. Jane Hastings are both alumni of the University of Washington. Johnston, who graduated with a bachelor degree in art in 1942, later became a professor of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design and planning. Johnston is credited with helping establish the College library, the Visual Resources Collection and helped build the collection of architecture drawings and papers held in the UW Libraries Special Collections Division. Johnston was also a founding member of Allied Arts of Seattle and led efforts to eliminate billboards in Washington state. L. Jane Hastings graduated from UW with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1952. She was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 1980 and was the first woman to serve as the organization’s chancellor. The Hastings Group designed more than 500 buildings, mostly residential, in the Seattle area. Hastings lectured at both the University of Washington and Seattle Community College. She is an active member of the International Union of Women Architects.

George Suyama Gallery — George Suyama graduated from the College of Built Environments with a BA in Architecture in 1967. Suyama finds influence for his work through nature, simplicity, his appreciation for antiques, craftsmanship and Japanese culture. He is known for his use of exposed materials like concrete, wood, and metal and intentional alliance with the outside environment. Suyama founded George Suyama Architecture in 1971, which shifted to Suyama Peterson Deguchi Architects in 2003. The firm is the recipient of six American Institute of Architects awards. In 1993, Suyama was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows and has won numerous awards including the AIA/Seattle Metal of Honor in 2009 and the Hall of Fame Award from Residential Architect Magazine in 2013. Suyama has participated in a number of local and national organizations.

Pavilion Support

Members of our CBE community supported the naming three gallery spaces to recognize the impact each of the individuals have had on design—locally, nationally and internationally.

We appreciate the members of our CBE family who generously supported the creation of the Gould Pavilion.