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School of Architecture News

The School of Architecture provides professional and continuing education in the design professions of architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, and design. In addition to addressing the theoretical and pragmatic aspects of general design education, the school focuses on important design issues facing Las Vegas, the state of Nevada, and the Southwest.

Current Architecture News

A man in a UNLV basketball jersey leans on a gold-colored Oldsmobile.
People | June 5, 2019

Francisco Franco used to commute to school in a stock Oldsmobile in the late 1990s. When he was invited last year to bring the same car — now a custom lowrider — back for an art exhibit, it was a full-circle moment for the UNLV alumnus.

Decorated UNLV mortarboard with students in background
People | May 15, 2019

UNLV president will highlight exceptional students at commencement who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

Dominic A. Armendariz working at his computer.
Research | May 1, 2019

This Research & Creative Honors Program participant looked at learning theories to build a better school design.

Rafael Antonio Armendariz working at his computer.
Research | May 1, 2019

This Research & Creative Honors Program participant sought to design a stadium that would better serve the community.

A glass exterior wall faces a wood-lined hallway opposite an interior wall covered in plant life.
Business and Community | April 30, 2019

Solar Decathlon team finishing design work on Desert Bloom house before a year of construction.

Research | April 16, 2019
UNLV’s Research & Creative Honors Program provides undergraduates with unique opportunities that prepare them for graduate studies.

Architecture In The News

Las Vegas Sun
June 7, 2019

Temperatures have risen in almost every city in the United States since 1970, but no metropolitan area is heating up as quickly as Las Vegas.

Reno Gazette Journal
March 8, 2019

For nearly a century, Reno took pride in being the Biggest Little City in the World. As a growth spurt brings in skyrocketing housing costs and a host of other challenges, however, some say it’s time for Reno to start thinking, well, big.

Builder
February 8, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the collegiate teams that will be competing in the Solar Decathlon Build Challenge. Student participants work during a two-year period to design and build complete, functional houses that are powered by renewable energy and demonstrate creative solutions to current issues in the industry. Winners will be selected in the summer of 2020 in Washington, D.C., as part of the 2020 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
February 8, 2019

UNLV was one of just 11 universities worldwide chosen to compete in the 2020 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The international contest challenges university student teams to design, build and operate solar-powered homes that are energy-efficient, affordable and attractive.

KNPR News
February 6, 2019

It was anything but a straight line that brought the new head of UNLV’s School of Architecture to campus.

Desert Companion
February 1, 2019

Last month, second-year students at the UNLV School of Architecture gathered to present a beguiling exhibit of their work for the semester. Demonstrative Architecture: Apotheosis of the Unfamiliar is not an exhibit of buildings with a program, but something far more ethereal. Students explored a variety of forms and ideas in wood, cardboard, and glycerine. They then tried to translate these forms into structures that suggested not a building program but an emotional state.

Recent Architecture Accomplishments

April 10, 2019
Ray Cho (Hospitality) and Glenn Nowak (Architecture) were recently awarded a mini grant for their proposed cross-disciplinary project, Hospitality Design - Professional Project w/ Professionals' Assessments. The grant was awarded by the office of the vice provost for academic programs. 
March 12, 2019
Iman Ansari (Architecture) is featured in the latest issue of Memari Ma journal. The Winter 2019 issue includes an interview with Iman Ansari on architectural education and pedagogy, with an image of ZERO.GRAVITY featured on the cover. Ansari's ZERO.GRAVITY, a project done for NASA JPL, was also exhibited at UNLV campus during Art Walk 2018, and...
February 6, 2019
Alberto de Salvatierra (Architecture), working in conjunction with undergraduate students David Douglas (Landscape Architecture), Carley Pasqualotto (Architecture), and Kyle Saca (Architecture), was selected as a finalist in the 8th Non Architecture Competition: Learning. Their design, "UniverCITY," which called for the redensification of UNLV's...
December 14, 2018
Iman Ansari's (Architecture) work is a part of a new exhibition, the Impermanent Collection, at A+D Museum in Los Angeles. The impermanent collection is the A+D’s translation of a museum shop. It was conceived of as a means of creating a space where the lines between art and commodity can be blurred and dabbled with. The space is curated with...
December 3, 2018
Iman Ansari (Architecture) has written a chapter, "Nature Versus Denture: An Ontology of Dental Prostheses," which has been published by Routledge as a chapter in a new book by titled Architecture and Anthropology, edited by Adam Jasper. This book attempts to locate the various points of departure that might be taken in a contemporary discussion...
August 30, 2018
Attila Lawrence (Architecture) is one of the experts quoted in the article "A Habitat for Health" that appears in the online publication "Builder." He has done translational research that operationalizes the positioning of interior design as a therapeutic modality to support health and well-being. Progressive developers and home builders embrace...