Projects, Buildings, and Research by Faculty at
Portland State University School of Architecture

Nov 2 - Jan 25, 10am-5pm Mon-Fri
The Center for Architecture
403 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

First Thursday Panel Discussion Thursday, January 4, 6pm
moderated by Portland Architecture Critic Brian Libby

Please join us for a First Thursday informal discussion with PSU Architecture faculty members at the Center for Architecture, moderated by architecture critic and writer Brian Libby, author of the popular Portland Architecture blog. The event will include short presentations by faculty whose work is exhibited in Extracurricular, followed by a question and answer session.

Panelists include:
Clive Knights, Professor and Director of the School of Architecture
Travis Bell, Assistant Professor
Todd Ferry, Research Associate, Center for Public Interest Design
Sergio Palleroni, Professor and Director of Center for Public Interest Design
Andrew Santa Lucia, Assistant Professor of Practice

Exhibition open November 2, 2017 – January 25, 2018

In this exhibition, Portland State University School of Architecture faculty will present and illustrate the research, design work, installations, built projects, and collaborations that fuel their academic agendas both outside and inside the studio classroom.

Extracurricular reveals design research—projects, investigations, and buildings—by a selection of faculty at Portland State University School of Architecture. While the classroom becomes a shared space of exploration for both teacher and student, the interests, fascinations, and practice agendas of individual faculty make up an integral part of the identity of the school. The work that is presented here broadens the disciplinary horizons of architectural education through extracurricular means.

From Aaron Whelton’s parametric assemblages to Barbara Sestak’s focus on health and wellness; from Juan Heredia’s operative histories to Sergio Palleroni and Todd Ferry’s canonical work in public interest design; from Andrew Santa Lucia’s formal, geometric, and colorful activisms to Anna Goodman’s bold theories on citizen architecture; from Clive Knights’s corporeal monotypes to Maria Simon’s surface expressions; from Nicholas Ross’s interdisciplinary objects to Travis Bell’s design-build wonderlands and Margarette Leite’s healthy modular classrooms—Portland State University School of Architecture is fully dedicated to designing the contemporary world through an array of thoughtful, phenomenal, cultural, and architectural instruments in practice.

Extracurricular posits that the work both inside and outside of the design studio and seminar class reifies the myriad architectural positions of our faculty and fundamentally feeds the primary emphases of teaching at Portland State University School of Architecture: material imagination and the poetics of making; enhancing the city and urban situation; and supporting cultural identities and community engagement.


Above image: Drift Inversion, installation in Denver, Colorado, 
by Assistant Professor Aaron Whelton and collaborator David Franklin.


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Portland State University's School of Architecture offers an accredited professional education in architecture, with undergraduate and graduate degree programs open to students who are fascinated by the ways in which design and the built environment can shape our lives.

Our rich, materially based curriculum challenges students to address the poetics of material, urban issues and cultural meaning, community engagement and social needs through architecture and design.

Learn more at www.pdx.edu/architecture 


About the Center for Architecture

The Center for Architecture is committed to the transformative power of design. Through collaboration with communities, thought leaders, and professionals, the Center for Architecture works to catalyze action to address the most challenging
issues of the 21st century.

The Center for Architecture is an Oregon non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to advancing public understanding and appreciation of architecture, design, urban planning and the role of the built environment in our quality of life. It was founded in 2008 by the Portland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects [AIA Portland], and is located in the heart of Portland’s internationally celebrated Pearl District.

The CFA serves as a cultural venue and resource for everyone interested in the built environment – offering an extensive calendar of special events, exhibitions, presentations, architectural walking tours, and films. The original structure, built in 1880, has been transformed into a highly sustainable facility that both inspires and sustains an on-going dialogue about architecture and design!