Portland State University
The Portland State University Department of Architecture offers a four-year bachelor's degree program and a two-year professional Master of Architecture integrating the study of architectural design, the humanities, tectonics and the profession to prepare students for a career as a licensed architect. Three main emphases motivate the educational intentions of the program: hands-on creative fabrication with diverse media, speculations on the contemporary city, and active community engagement. The graduate program incorporates a major design thesis study inspired by individual, student-generated questions concerning architecture, culture and technology.
The Green Building Research Laboratory (GBRL) at Portland State University is an Oregon BEST shared user facility focused on benefiting the green building industry. The laboratory, directed by Dr. David Sailor, conducts fundamental and applied research and testing of innovative products and technologies with an emphasis on reducing energy use and improving indoor and outdoor environmental quality. The GBRL has extensive laboratory facilities, field measurement instrumentation, and a host of computer modeling tools for applications ranging from whole building energy analysis of individual buildings to explorations of the neighborhood and city-scale urban climate effects of urban development. For more information see www.greenbuilding.pdx.edu.