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Product Design Program


Product Design Program professors win 2 international awards for desk design

Wonhee Jeong Arndt and John Arndt, professors in the A&AA Product Design Program, are top winners in two prestigious international design competitions for a flat-pack desk system they developed as project team members in Studio Gorm. The Industrial Design Society of America and Core77 bestowed the awards, in the Home and Bath and Furniture and Lighting categories of their competitions respectively.

John and Wonhee Arndt


AAATech to hold open house Friday, September 18

Please join A&AA Technology staff members for an open house Friday, September 18, from 1-4 p.m. in Lawrence Hall Room 282. Refreshments will be provided. The A&AA Output Room provides quality digital imaging services to the university community at affordable prices. AAATech staff members will be available to share information about their services, which include: • poster printing • 3D printing • large format scanning • technology service desk • laser printing

Open House poster


Centennial: 2010s look forward to new A&AA home

A&AA is wrapping up its 100th anniversary this month after a full year of events, exhibitions, and celebrations. The school is now embarking on a capital campaign to imagine the future of art and design education and facilities for the next 100 years. In envisioning the school’s future, the A&AA Building Project Work Group in January issued a request for proposals (RFP) from student teams for a competition to design a transformative learning environment for A&AA. In May, the finalists were announced.

Towards a Collaborative Future


Product Design graduate featured on

Recent Product Design graduate Liz Zarro was featured in an Oregonlive article.  The article ranges from Zarro's work on Origin, her custom designed exoskeletal back support to her inspirations and latests product designs.  Read the complete story on Oregonlive.

Liz Zarro


New grad creates products to improve people’s lives

Liz Zarro, a 2015 Product Design Program BFA graduate, wants to develop "products that are more than just products" and use design to improve people's lives. She designed an exoskeletal back support, called Origin, for Portland's wheelchair basketball team. The product reduces athletes' dependence on their hands for core stability and body repositioning. For her honors thesis project, Zarro designed a biomimetric shelving unit that she has titled Pinicola Shelves.

Liz Zarro


Centennial: 2000s expand A&AA to White Stag Block

In fall 2008, the University of Oregon completed its move into the White Stag Block (WSB), a refurbished facility that merges parts of three historic buildings in downtown Portland. The move culminated efforts—compressed into just two years—to adapt three vacant historic buildings into the interconnected high-tech complex that today comprises the School of Architecture and Allied Arts’ most urban presence.

White Stag renovation


2015 Product Design Graduation Exhibition

On June 15 a group of Product Design graduate students will be hosting a collaborative exhibition, to be displayed in the Romania building.  The exhibition will include free catering from Cafe Yumm, as well as a limited amount of free growler souvenirs.  The exhibition is currently accepting applications, which can be submitted through the exhbition website.

Product Design Graduation Exhibition, June 15, 2015


Muenchinger wins Fulbright to China

Product Design Program Director Kiersten Muenchinger will spend the 2015-16 academic year researching sustainable design innovation at Hong Kong Polytechnic as a Fulbright Fellow in Teaching and Research. 

Kiersten Muenchinger


Sonja Ellicott named Ray Hawk Award winner

Product Design Program undergraduate Sonja Ellicott will be awarded the Ray Hawk Award at the University Awards Presentation on Saturday, May 16, in the EMU Ballroom. The Ray Hawk award is presented to a senior member of Friars Honorary Society “who best exemplifies the essential qualities of: leadership in university life and promise of later leadership as a citizen; high scholastic achievement; service to others and the university; and contributions to improving the quality of undergraduate life at the university,” according to the website about the award.

Sonja Ellicott


Product Design Senior Project wins Groovystuff top prize

A Product design senior Sarah Goldner, majoring in product and material studies, has won the top prize in the Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge.  Sarah Goldner is also a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and was featured in an IDSA news article.  Read the full story on the IDSA site.

Sarah Goldner


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