"Design-build changes the way students think about detail in their design, and it changes the way they draw." Scott Lawrence, Assistant Professor of Architecture
From conception to construction, students in our design-build program work with real clients on real-world projects — like the Hat Ranch Winery in Caldwell and the Moose Creek Warming Hut just north of Sandpoint.
In this dynamic, hands-on program, students learn what it takes to bring their designs to life. They also gather portfolio pieces that showcase designs that were actually built — by them. We work with non-profits and local businesses to positively impact Idaho’s communities because it’s our land grant mission to serve the state.
Design-build opportunities are available through a six-credit upper-division and graduate-level studio course and through the Idaho Architecture Collaborative — an internal organization of the architecture program, open to all students, aimed at incubating projects that wouldn’t be possible without some form of design assistance.
Downtown Moscow, Idaho
Architecture students transformed the Monarch Motel’s old porte-cochere into a gathering space for guests that offers the downtown Moscow business a vibrant and modern street presence. The new lounge consists of 4,000 cedar blocks that students constructed into a partition that’s both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Students also custom made furniture and built-ins so guests have an outdoor space to relax.
Removal of the pre-existing concrete base and installation of concrete pavers was also completed by students, which allows snow and rain to drain into the ground and replenish the aquifer, rather than run into the sidewalk and street.
Hat Ranch Winery
Students designed and built a stunning tasting room that features a wall of deconstructed wine barrels, a chandelier made from LED lights and wine barrel rings, and a re-purposed barn door, taken from the site, for displaying the winery’s awards. Students also built an alfresco pavilion that connects the winery to the outdoors, allowing visitors to take in the breathtaking scenery of the vineyards and the Snake River Valley mountains. This project resulted from a collaboration with the Idaho Wine Association.
Moose Creek Warming Hut
north of Sandpoint, Idaho
Just outside Sandpoint, on the Lightning Creek drainage off Moose Creek Road, students built a warming hut that features a wood-burning stove and covered area to park snowmobiles. The hut provides a gathering place for nature lovers, a safe haven during snowstorms and a base camp for search and rescue parties entering the remote North Idaho wilderness. The project was a collaboration with the Sandpoint Ranger District, the National Forest Foundation, Idaho Forest Group, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Winter Riders Snowmobile Club.
Art and Architecture Reception Area
"This class gave me deeper insight into what I want to do for my career and the chance to proudly say, 'I helped build that.'" Emily Nelson, former architecture student and intern at Erstad Architects in Boise
University of Idaho
Students and faculty transformed the entryway of the Art and Architecture South Building — originally an array of unrelated spaces that had few places to sit, inadequate options for display materials, limited daylight, no separation between restrooms and lobby and an adjacent office nested within another office — into a reception area that welcomes, informs and inspires visitors. Users of the space can view information about upcoming courses and browse through current design periodicals and selections from the library’s architectural book collection. All parts of this project, including custom furniture and display cases, were designed and built by students and faculty.