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Which school would you recommend? Thinking about green/sustainable architecture.
Eugene Or Portland?
I would say oregon. From looking at the work of the schools Washington seems more into theory, while oregon seems mostly interested in sustainable urban design
Washington - Seattle.
Bigger market for jobs. There are a lot of professional practice electives toward the end. How MUCH do you have to learn about sustainability? Those classes are also available at UW and that whole region is all about sustainability. Not only that, it's a more dynamic campus and a good department ... and a nicer place to be for grad students.
One more thing:
Washington's Seattle campus is great, though Eugene's is nice, albeit rural. It's about half the size of Washington's, so it's cozier. Since there is now a Portland program, there is NO U of O campus in Portland - any programs they have are carried out in downtown buildings.
There is technically a UO campus in Portland - it is the Whitestag building in old town portland. http://pdx.uoregon.edu/school-architecture-and-allied-arts
Either way since you're deciding between Eugene & Seattle you need to strongly consider if you want to be in a rural area or a big city. Most of the architecture jobs in Oregon are in Portland & Eugene is several hours away. In Seattle you're in the city you'd be closer to potential jobs in the city and honestly as a UO Alum who spent my grad school years in Portland at the Whitestag Building I would NOT go to Eugene I'd pick Seattle. I don't know how it is at UW but I do know for a fact in Eugene you are integrated with undergrads in classes & studios as well as sharing resources such as the laser cutter etc. with a huge number of people. Its definitely something else to think about as you make your choice.
Right. I figured it would be in "Old Town."
UW has a 4 year BA with a smaller enrollment, given that there is a 5 yr. B.Arch. across state, so it's a smaller school altogether, even though it's in a larger school. The first year M.Arch. is large enough that they can run separate sections, but there might be some mixing, like in history. Facilities are shared with u.g.s and g.s. Between Seattle and Eugene, it's Seattle hands-down.
How is the job outlook for UO of Grads in Portland, or west coast in general.
I was just admitted, and am curious to about the amount of weight the school has in the area. Also I thought you could transfer/apply to Portland after your first year in Eugene.
I also just got admitted to UO-Eugene. Could you please share more of your experience in UO's grad program. Such as pros and cons or any tips/ comments would really be helpful.
Or any u of Oregon grad
I visited UO but didn't apply. As I understand it, you can apply to be on the Portland campus after at least 1 semester in Eugene. It sounded like there was very little interaction with practicing architects on the Eugene campus as opposed to Portland campus, but that the Portland campus didn't have the same focus on sustainability that the Eugene campus does.
I'm in to both schools for the M.Arch II programs and am pretty torn. Anything else I should know about either program?
If your intended focus is urban design, I say UO (Portland). Being that I am heading to the grad prgm there, I may be a little biased and less in favor of UW. I don't know about that prgm also.
Portland is about 2 hours drive from Eugene. Yes, Eugene has the campus but from an Urban Design / Development viewpoint....you have much more to plug into in Portland. When you hear people say Eugene is a rural campus, don't read all the way into thinking that Eugene is some small town. The campus is enjoyable while things off campus could be a little faster and more up tempo but that's just my preference.
If you are applying to the M.Arch 1, you are looking at just over a year of classes, right. The first term is going to have a lot of your fundamentals i.e research / writing.....that are only offered in Eugene from what I have been told. It seems like there are more practicing faculty in Portland. The job market, while better in Portland that Eugene, is a slow mover. Grads make use of alumni connections all up and down the West and move eg up to Seattle or down to San Fran after school.
In Eugene, you are either going to really on someone in AIAS who may have a finger on the AIA pulse in Eugene to connect to practitioners. You may also have to just go to AIA chapter events yourself. Portland has a student liaison from what I have heard. Which doesn't mean more open doors but it's someone working to try establish firm connections. Bigger questions? I would ask Architecture Admissions and be nice, they are going to be with you for a while. I would also start sending feelers to the Eugene and Portland AIA chapters.
Go to Washington.