Archinect - Features 2017-09-20T00:12:21-04:00 https://archinect.com/features/article/150020373/mithun-designs-125-foot-tall-sustainability-treehouse-in-west-virginia MITHUN designs 125-foot-tall Sustainability Treehouse in West Virginia Justine Testado 2017-08-02T12:16:00-04:00 >2017-08-04T16:46:09-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sw/swe103nb8fk7jamg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sw/swe103nb8fk7jamg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sw/swe103nb8fk7jamg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sw/swe103nb8fk7jamg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Built on the arborous slopes of the 10,600-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve in Mount Hope, West Virginia, the Sustainability Treehouse stands as a beacon of outdoor adventure, environmental stewardship, and high-performance design, as design architect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/88311298/mithun" target="_blank">MITHUN</a> describes. The Seattle- and San Francisco-based practice worked alongside executive architect/architect of record <a href="http://archinect.com/bnim" target="_blank">BNIM</a> and developer Trinity Works to bring the public educational facility to life for the Boy Scouts of America.&nbsp;In 2014, the project was named an <a href="http://bustler.net/news/3502/aia-announces-the-2014-cote-top-ten-green-projects" target="_blank">AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150016816/the-future-belongs-to-woodbury-an-interview-with-ingalill-wahlroos-ritter-the-university-s-brand-new-dean "The future belongs to Woodbury": an interview with Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, the University's brand new Dean Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-13T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-07-15T22:01:06-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hv/hvhbf1k85ica8ybp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hv/hvhbf1k85ica8ybp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hv/hvhbf1k85ica8ybp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hv/hvhbf1k85ica8ybp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>For this installment of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/378110/deans-list" target="_blank"><em>Deans List</em></a> we&nbsp;talk to Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, one month after starting <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150010185/ingalill-wahlroos-ritter-appointed-as-dean-of-woodbury-university-s-school-of-architecture" target="_blank">her new post as Dean</a>&nbsp;of the School of Architecture at&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/woodbury" target="_blank">Woodbury University</a>, about the importance of economic diversity and the school's commitment to egalitarian and practical education.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/150014679/at-ucla-s-year-end-reviews-a-diversity-of-impressive-student-work-makes-for-a-loud-rumble At UCLA's Year-End Reviews, a Diversity of Impressive Student Work Makes for a Loud 'Rumble' Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-28T13:29:00-04:00 >2017-06-29T14:16:03-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/v6/v6c3uh0by6s5krqf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/v6/v6c3uh0by6s5krqf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/v6/v6c3uh0by6s5krqf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/v6/v6c3uh0by6s5krqf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>As summer begins and the academic year comes to a close, all the rooms and narrow corridors of <a href="http://archinect.com/ucla" target="_blank">UCLA</a>&rsquo;s Perloff Hall are overflowing with models and drawings, celebrating the hard work of the students with the annual exhibition-style event, Rumble.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/149999381/letters-of-acceptance-are-in-and-the-archinect-community-is-here-to-help Letters of acceptance are in and the Archinect community is here to help! Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-03-29T10:42:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T20:42:19-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7q/7q9dkub0t9o5r9fp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7q/7q9dkub0t9o5r9fp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7q/7q9dkub0t9o5r9fp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7q/7q9dkub0t9o5r9fp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>It&rsquo;s that time of year again, when architectural hopefuls sit anxiously on their front step waiting for the mail or more likely, at their computers refreshing their inbox. And while many may have thought the difficult part was turning <em>in </em>the applications, they are probably figuring out by now, that making a decision on which program to accept can be just as taxing.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/149995822/what-s-wrong-with-academia-on-alternative-schools-of-architecture What's Wrong with Academia? On Alternative Schools of Architecture Joanne Pouzenc 2017-03-09T12:17:00-05:00 >2017-04-21T15:47:39-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/25/25gyssjkoj9ubelu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/25/25gyssjkoj9ubelu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/25/25gyssjkoj9ubelu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/25/25gyssjkoj9ubelu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Over the course of the last few years, debate around the form of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982777/which-news-stories-defined-architecture-education-in-2016" target="_blank">architectural education</a> has reached new levels of popularity, illustrated by the proliferation of reflexive <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58357435/radical-pedagogies-in-architectural-education" target="_blank">initiatives</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/83387409/7-lessons-from-the-3rd-international-architectural-education-summit" target="_blank">conferences</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149967034/screen-print-44-education-trial-and-error-from-the-metropolitan-laboratory-magazine" target="_blank">publications</a>&nbsp;around artistic and architectural education as well as through the emergence of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149971310/peter-zellner-to-launch-the-free-school-of-architecture-a-tuition-free-experimental-architecture-school" target="_blank">new experimental models</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/149970062/frank-gehry-steven-holl-liz-diller-rem-koolhaas-and-others-share-crucial-moments-in-their-education Frank Gehry, Steven Holl, Liz Diller, Rem Koolhaas and Others Share Crucial Moments in Their Education Julia Ingalls 2016-09-30T12:19:00-04:00 >2017-04-13T18:10:21-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yw/ywiaeuf3pp6efu35.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yw/ywiaeuf3pp6efu35.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yw/ywiaeuf3pp6efu35.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yw/ywiaeuf3pp6efu35.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>What is the role of education in shaping a visionary architect? Several contemporary architects reflect on how the environment, curriculum, and tangential opportunities of their formal learning influenced and shaped their design sensibility.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/149964897/7-famous-architectural-dropouts-and-autodidacts 7 famous architectural dropouts and autodidacts Julia Ingalls 2016-09-09T11:11:00-04:00 >2017-04-20T03:44:57-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8h/8hficp6n6igfcxup.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8h/8hficp6n6igfcxup.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8h/8hficp6n6igfcxup.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8h/8hficp6n6igfcxup.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Don&rsquo;t tell the architectural students with six figures of debt, but that education of theirs might not be entirely necessary&mdash;especially when one looks at the ranks of famous architectural dropouts and autodidacts. These accomplished designers either didn&rsquo;t complete their formal education or simply forged their own path by virtue of teaching themselves how to design. No matter how they dodged formal education, all of these figures pursued a passionate love of their field.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/145207555/working-life-does-taliesin-s-collaborative-and-pedagogical-domesticity-suit-the-21st-century Working Life: Does Taliesin’s collaborative and pedagogical domesticity suit the 21st century? Julia Ingalls 2016-08-10T12:45:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:17:23-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0r/0roxfadf7hgaucjh.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0r/0roxfadf7hgaucjh.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0r/0roxfadf7hgaucjh.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0r/0roxfadf7hgaucjh.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Founded at a time when Frank Lloyd Wright was floundering financially, Taliesin&rsquo;s blend of education and site-bound intimacy has created a custom domesticity. As the site for the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Taliesin combines both passion and white-knuckled acumen, teaching its student inhabitants to thrive with scarce resources and a generous community.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/149960251/brexit-vote-was-due-to-a-loss-of-identity-more-than-anything-else-op-ed-by-alan-penn-dean-of-the-bartlett-faculty-of-the-built-environment Brexit vote was due to "a loss of identity more than anything else" – op-ed by Alan Penn, Dean of the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment Alan Penn 2016-07-30T06:19:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:20:47-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ck/ckwkem6an5h93jfc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ck/ckwkem6an5h93jfc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ck/ckwkem6an5h93jfc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ck/ckwkem6an5h93jfc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>As an architect and an optimist, I am hopeful that the chaos in Britain triggered by the Brexit referendum may be accompanied by yet another great age of creative invention.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/103711909/student-works-this-house-made-of-trash-teaches-a-lesson-in-green-housekeeping Student Works: This house made of trash teaches a lesson in green housekeeping Justine Testado 2014-08-04T10:10:00-04:00 >2015-12-11T13:49:43-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ji/ji3dwyrpbryyfm5h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ji/ji3dwyrpbryyfm5h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ji/ji3dwyrpbryyfm5h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ji/ji3dwyrpbryyfm5h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Waste House at the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/6434534/university-of-brighton" target="_blank">University of Brighton</a>'s Faculty of Arts is stated to be the UK's first permanently built home made of over 85% discarded materials, including 20,000 toothbrushes, 2,000 carpet tiles, and 4,000 plastic DVD cases. But its focus on student involvement in realizing the house is also worth noting. The project leader, <a href="http://www.bbm-architects.co.uk/" target="_blank">BBM Architects</a>' Director and University of Brighton Senior Lecturer Duncan Baker-Brown, collaborated with a total of 253 undergraduate students, apprentices, and volunteers in the designing and constructing of the Waste House. As students experimented with new applications for these everyday materials, they also learned that it doesn't just have to end up in a landfill.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/100072910/on-the-ground-usc-blue-tape-showcases-student-work-as-barometer-of-california-architecture On the ground: USC Blue Tape showcases student work as barometer of California architecture Justine Testado 2014-05-23T14:28:00-04:00 >2014-06-06T15:29:38-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ed/edl8pbxkx206c89g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ed/edl8pbxkx206c89g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ed/edl8pbxkx206c89g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ed/edl8pbxkx206c89g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Tucked in at the edge of USC&rsquo;s campus, along downtown Los Angeles' Exposition Boulevard, stands Southern California's first accredited architecture program, which has spent the past year celebrating its centennial class of students with a variety of school events. At the resolution of the academic year is USC School of Architecture's Blue Tape, a two-day climactic event showcasing work from throughout the year, across all disciplines and student levels.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/94360340/prototyping-tiny-house-design-workshop Prototyping: Tiny House Design Workshop Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-27T16:13:00-05:00 >2014-07-03T13:29:31-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o2/o2vtt1pabo2hfczt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o2/o2vtt1pabo2hfczt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o2/o2vtt1pabo2hfczt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o2/o2vtt1pabo2hfczt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Workshops can open up architectural education to those beyond the university community, rolling theory and practice into concentrated and productive sessions.&nbsp;<strong>Prototyping</strong>, a new feature series&nbsp;on Archinect, will highlight some of the more ambitious and intriguing workshops out there, to show how they're being put together and what they produce.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/92938847/showcase-archaeological-pavilion-by-kadawittfeldarchitektur ShowCase: Archaeological Pavilion by kadawittfeldarchitektur Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-07T09:39:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T20:12:15-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/k2/k2rs9g46ngrzaopb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/k2/k2rs9g46ngrzaopb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/k2/k2rs9g46ngrzaopb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/k2/k2rs9g46ngrzaopb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1518/showcase" target="_blank"><strong>ShowCase</strong></a>&nbsp;is an on-going feature series on Archinect, presenting exciting new work from designers representing all creative fields and all geographies.</p><p><em>We are always accepting nominations for upcoming ShowCase features - if you would like to suggest a project,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/about/contact.php" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> https://archinect.com/features/article/90770863/showcase-abedian-school-of-architecture-by-crab-studio ShowCase: Abedian School of Architecture by CRAB Studio Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-10T10:02:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T14:30:14-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d7/d7r2jreb0f15ig2c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d7/d7r2jreb0f15ig2c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d7/d7r2jreb0f15ig2c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d7/d7r2jreb0f15ig2c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1518/showcase" target="_blank"><strong>ShowCase</strong></a> is an on-going feature series on Archinect, presenting exciting new work from designers representing all creative fields and all geographies.</p><p><em>We are always accepting nominations for upcoming ShowCase features - if you would like to suggest a project, <a href="http://archinect.com/about/contact.php" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> https://archinect.com/features/article/83387409/7-lessons-from-the-3rd-international-architectural-education-summit 7 Lessons from the 3rd International Architectural Education Summit Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-07T10:45:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T07:53:23-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/l3/l3neq8xemjrpbvoz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/l3/l3neq8xemjrpbvoz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/l3/l3neq8xemjrpbvoz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/l3/l3neq8xemjrpbvoz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Just over a year ago, the <em>Architectural Review</em> published &ldquo;Alternative Routes for Architecture&rdquo;, calling for a drastic reinterpretation of architectural education in the face of rigid institutions and extreme financial strains. Certainly this demand is older than a year -- as we allow technology to knit information more thickly into our cultural fabric, we question the nature of education at large as having a physical place and hierarchy, through systems such as MOOCs or mobile workspaces. Add prohibitively high costs, followed by debt and depressing unemployment rates, and the architect is getting fit to reconstitute itself as newly relevant and multi-faceted professional.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/56310866/student-works-fallen-star Student Works: Fallen Star Elif Erdine 2012-09-05T10:00:00-04:00 >2012-12-13T23:08:13-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f3/f3uns05w3rd7qt6x.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f3/f3uns05w3rd7qt6x.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f3/f3uns05w3rd7qt6x.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f3/f3uns05w3rd7qt6x.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> &ldquo;Fallen Star&rdquo; is an installation set between biomimetics, interaction, and perception. It is the final working prototype of the Architectural Association (AA) DLAB Visiting School which took place in AA London and AA Hooke Park during July 23 &ndash; August 5, 2012.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/34746431/contours-the-divisions-that-bind-us CONTOURS: The Divisions that Bind Us Guy Horton 2012-01-16T20:28:00-05:00 >2013-01-24T23:49:09-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kr/kreqjmws7jfblx6e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kr/kreqjmws7jfblx6e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kr/kreqjmws7jfblx6e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kr/kreqjmws7jfblx6e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> As if the narratives and infographics of Occupy weren&rsquo;t loud enough by now, Catherine Rampell, an economics reporter for <em>The New York Times</em>, decided to bang the drum a little louder by writing &ldquo;<a href="http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/05/want-a-job-go-to-college-and-dont-major-in-architecture/" target="_blank">Want a Job? Go to College, and Don&rsquo;t Major in Architecture</a>&rdquo;.</p> https://archinect.com/features/article/2137405/a-conversation-with-michael-woo A Conversation with Michael Woo Orhan Ayyüce 2011-04-07T20:02:59-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ad/adwm03e0blue59ge.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ad/adwm03e0blue59ge.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ad/adwm03e0blue59ge.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ad/adwm03e0blue59ge.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><i>By Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</i> &nbsp; <p> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Woo" target="_blank">Michael Woo</a> is the dean of California Polytechnic University, Pomona the College of Environmental Design which contains departments of&nbsp;Architecture, Art, Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, and the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies. He is a familiar name in Southern California. Mr. Woo has served in Los Angeles City Council and ran for the mayor's office in 1993 as the Democratic candidate, losing by a small margin to Republican candidate and businessman Richard Riordan. A planner by education, Mr. Woo is a unique dean for a design school with the background of an established politician and, to a degree, an environmental activist. I sat down with him last December in his office and had this conversation.</p>