University of Oregon

Department of Product Design


Search for new A&AA dean under way

Nominations and applications are being sought for dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, with the goal of recruiting a new leader by fall 2016. Professor Scott Pratt, dean of the Graduate School, is leading the search, assisted by executive search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates.

Dean Search


UO grad’s design wins IDEA Silver Award

Competing against more than 1,700 entries from around the world, an Intel design from a Product Design Program graduate won the silver award for computer equipment in the 2015 International Design Excellence Award competition. “I was at a loss for words when it happened,” says Aleks Magi.

Aleks Magi


A&AA welcomes new faculty members

The 2015-16 academic year introduces new faculty members to several A&AA departments and programs. The new professors bring a wide spectrum of expertise and creativity to Lawrence Hall, including in Architecture, the History of Art and Architecture, Arts and Administration, and Product Design.



Sport Product Design featured in FabricLink article

The new Master's Program in Sports Product Design was featured in the latest FabricLink article highlighting some of the goals, ideas, and upcoming aspects of the brand new program here at the UO Product Design department.   Read the full article on the FabricLink site, or download a PDF copy.

FabricLink Article screenshot


Trygve Faste named Young Educator of the Year in product design

Trygve Faste, assistant professor in the UO Product Design Program, is the Industrial Designers Society of America’s 2015 Young Educator of the Year. He has designed products for companies including John Deere, Hasbro, Scandinavian Airlines, Eli Lilly, MGM, and many more. His furniture and painting work have been exhibited internationally and his designs have been featured in a wide variety of publications. He joined the UO faculty in 2010. 



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


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


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


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