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Past Exhibits

Past Exhibits in Gould Pavilion

Kenichi Nakano Retrospective

The UW Landscape Architecture department hosted a retrospective exhibit to celebrate the life and career of Kenichi Nakano. A dear member of our community, Kenichi was first a student in the department, then a professor, and always a mentor. His more than 30-year career helped to shape the contemporary profession of landscape architecture in the Pacific Northwest.

Space+Structure: Student Photography 2016-17

Ciudad Futura: Proposals For A Livable Mega-City


Great cities offer great lessons. Mexico City is an ideal laboratory for students in the built environments fields. With a population close to 25 million people, this mega-city provides a unique urban experience – a place that is constantly reforming and adapting to new and changing landscapes.

This exhibit highlights the experiences and projects of the 12 students who participated in the Department of Architecture’s Mexico City study abroad program. Held in the Luis Barragan studio, the students spent 10 weeks walking the surrounding streets visiting neighboring townships and hearing from local design experts to learn about the design culture, context, and environment of this expansive metropolitan.

The exhibit also showcases a series of historic images of Mexico City provided by the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. The photographs document the urban from the 1930s to the 1960s – a time of rapid change and growth.

About the Studio:
For the fourth Mexico City Studio, the Department of Architecture challenged students to address the issues of affordable housing and access to public resources, while sustaining the region’s identity, community, and history. Professor Dave Miller and Cory Mattheis, M. Arch ’11, tasked the students with designing a new zoning proposal for the San Miguel Chapultepec neighborhood. While each student had an individual site, collectively their proposals needed to add up to a larger statement about the neighborhood and city. Miller and Mattheis encouraged proposals that would increase density while respecting the existing context of the area. Read more about the course and the student experience at: Mexico City Studio: Affordable Housing in a Mega-City.

Anatomy of a Sketch: The Thinking Hand of Bob Hull

Miller Hull Partnership
January 1 – March 3, 2017
This exhibit used sketches to reveal the design process of Miller Hull founding partner, Bob Hull, FAIA (1945-2014). The pen was his medium for having a design conversation. Bob drew to make sense of things and he drew for the sheer joy of making marks. Visitors will had a view into the architect’s process and will see the development of two signature Bob Hull projects-Seattle’s Fisher Pavilion and Wilsonville’s Willamette River Water Treatment Plant-through the architect’s hand drawings. Bob was a founding member of the Miller Hull Partnership, based in Seattle.
Visit the ongoing collection of Bob’s Sketches at: A Bob Sketch

Portraits of Architects: Celebrating Diverse Practitioners in the Pacific Northwest

AIA Seattle
November 1 – December 9, 2016

The Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) brought together two exhibits to be displayed in Gould Pavilion. AIA Seattle’s Women in Design group’s “Portraits of Women Fellows” – part of the 2015 Seattle Design Festival, with the AIA Seattle Diversity Roundtable “Portraits of Diverse Fellows” – displayed at the Center for Architecture and Design.

Making the Cut

Cartographic Imaginations: Exploring Spatial Narratives
March 1 – April 27, 2016
Maps have long been critical for comprehending the spatial qualities of our lives. Within the field of landscape architecture, maps are commonly used to delineate, scope, and frame the geographic extents of a given project or territorial exploration.

Making the Cut was an exhibit developed by students in an advanced graduate studio in the Department of Landscape Architecture titled, Cartographic Imaginations: Exploring Spatial Narratives. The studio used the act of mapping to generate spatially-bound diagrammatic explorations of the built environment that explore the complexities, boundaries and perception of place and community in contemporary terms and through time. Engaging with emerging theory in landscape architecture and critical cartography the students worked to develop representational processes for moving beyond static conceptions of landscape, to engage in the mapping of flows, boundary breaks, and state changes whether social, cultural, ecological, or physical. In particular, the exhibit was developed through the deep examinatino of the Montlake Cut, a narrow strip of water connecting Union Bay on Lake Washington to the east with Portage Bay on Lake Union to the west. An area once called sxWátSadweehL – “Carry a Canoe” – the canal was cut between the two lakes to more directly connect Lake Washington with the Puget Sound in an effort to facilitate trade and commerce in the region. As part of the larger Lake Washington Ship Canal project it was the final component in what resulted in a massive hydrologic reordering of the region.

Making the Cut commemorated the centennial of the 1916 – 1917 opening of the Montlake cut and the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The individual projects that comprise the exhibit explore many of the untold, forgotten, and legacy histories of this dramatic event.

Community, Environment, and Planning 21st Anniversary

October 15 – December 4, 2015


Honoring the Legacy of Norman J. Johnston

May 27 – June 19, 2015
Academician, activist, architect, artist, historian, mentor, organizer, sage, scholar, traveler, teacher, tour guide, tutor

The scholarship and achievements of Professor Norman J. Johnston explored and celebrated. A professor of architecture, Johnston was a known UW campus historian, who wrote a number of books and essays, including “The Fountain and the Mountain: The University of Washington 1985-1995”. The exhibit featured photographs, work, and reflections from colleagues and friends. Professor Johnston contributed tens of thousands of images to the College of Built Environments Visual Resource Collection to support the scholarship of faculty and students.

Home Base

Jim Olson and Alan Maskin
March 4 – May 20, 2016

Home Base presents an intimate portrait of architect Jim Olson, ’63 and his architectural legacy. The exhibit begins with Olson’s first project in 1959 and continues through his ongoing work for clients in the region, nationally, and across the globe. At the age of 18, Olson began work on a bunkhouse for his family in Longbranch, Washington. For almost six decades, he has continued to expand the small structure into both a private retreat and touchpoint for his professional work. Home Base documents the design and redesign of this project over 56 years through Olson’s collection of photos, architectural models, sketches and selected ephemera. The exhibit focuses on four major junctions of Olson’s life – age 18, 41, 61, and 74 – with each iteration making a point of evolution in his artistic journey.

“In Between”

Suyama Peterson Deguchi
January 14 – February 22, 2016
Suyama Peterson Deguchi strives to create spaces that evoke a quiet, emotional response. Through the use of elemental forms and minimal means, their designs result in an architecture that has nuance, depth, and richness. Founded in 1971 by George Suyama, FAIA, the firm grew with the addition of Ric Peterson, FAIA in 1983 and Jay Deguchi in 2002. The firm is known for specializing in northwest contemporary designs.