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College of Art and Architecture

College of Art and Architecture

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2461
 Moscow, ID 83844-2461

Phone: 208-885-4409

Fax: 208-885-9428


The Paul G. Windley Faculty Excellence and Development Award

This $1,000 award recognizes three consecutive years of excellence in faculty scholarship and provides support for continuing scholarly activities in written research and dissemination.

This award is generously donated by Charla Windley and her children in loving memory of her late husband and Dean of the College of Art & Architecture Paul Windley. It is an especially appropriate recognition of Dean Windley’s commitment to written scholarship and dissemination as well as his many years of service to the college.

2019 Recipient | Xiao Hu
Sustainable Tourism and Development for Mountainous Regions: A Critic Review of Spatial Planning and Design Strategies in Idaho Resort Towns

Most of Idaho’s tourism facilities are located in small towns in mountainous areas with populations below 20,000 residents. This rural-based model makes Idaho’s tourism development heavily reliant upon small communities and towns. However, many small towns in Idaho are finding it challenging to make significant adjustments under changing conditions of technologies, the economy and society. The lack of investment in infrastructure and facilities, population declines and transportation challenges make many small towns in Idaho experience a shrinking tax base, and they are struggling to seek effective options for future development.

On the other hand, the rise of corporate resort ownership has transformed tourism in small towns from a family-owned and family-operated small industry into a multi-billion dollar industry dominated by corporate management organizations. This has led to development and construction around resort sites to attract guests and generate revenue. Although many new developments become quite successful, there are also many examples of poor decisions on planning and design.

This research will focus on the review of spatial conditions of multiple small resort towns in Idaho to identify the impacts of spatial planning and design strategies on their manifold economic, social and ecological impacts. It will also help evaluate ways to manage tourist activities and adapt to man-made and natural challenges according to the sustainable tourism concepts. This research includes two particular methods for data collection. The first deals with literature review on tourism trends and the theoretical base of sustainable tourism concepts. The second focuses on field trips to visit and analyze the spatial conditions and characteristics of the selected towns for this study.

The findings and conclusions of this research will help contribute to a sustainable development of tourist activities and ways of enhancing tourist activities in economically weak areas. The Paul Windley Award will allow Hu to conduct several exploratory field trips to several small towns in Northern and central Idaho.

Xiao Hu University of Idaho
Xiao Hu

Raffaella Sini

Sini’s award funded the use of an art-device to gather community representations and perceptions of place. Moving beyond conventional cognitive maps and selective interviews, Sini worked towards an assembly of 20 dioramas, each one designed by a student to capture and convey a familiar landscape and its values.

Anne Marshall

Marshall's award funded research for a scholarly book on the process of creating the Museum at Warm Springs on the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon. The book will explore the challenges around designing culturally-appropriate architectures that meet the needs of contemporary indigenous communities.

Minyoung Cerruti, PhD

“Stress, Blood Donation, and Environmental Stimuli"
The main goal of this study is to understand how physical environment can influence the blood donation experience of young adults in relation to their levels of stress.   

Randall Teal

In September 2008 I used the Windley Award to support a presentation I gave in Grenoble, France on Architectural Ambiance. As a result of this opportunity, I was able to publish an extended version of the presentation as an article in the Journal of Art and Design Education; further, the travels associated with this presentation led directly to a subsequent article published in, arguably, the top journal in the field of architecture, the Journal of Architectural Education. 

Xiao Hu, PhD

My first winning topic was to study refugee housing at Boise. The title is “The Path to a Better Integration: Idaho Refugee’s Housing Situation in Their Early Resettlements.”
My second topic was to study international students’ learning style in architecture. The title is “Cross-cultural learning in studios: how international students study architecture in the US.”

Matthew Brehm 

The operating title for my current research is “Drawing as Learning.” A slightly more descriptive explanation: I’m focused cognition and learning theory, as well as analysis and pedagogy regarding the use of hand drawing as a primary means of learning. With the ever-increasing ubiquity of digital tools in education, the use of hand drawing has diminished. Nonetheless, and for a variety of reasons, drawing by hand from direct observation remains an essential method for learning about the world, and perhaps the single most critical skill for designers to acquire.

Gary Austin

The Windley Award was used as evidence that the College of Art and Architecture had confidence in my ability to conduct research and write, when I submitted a book proposal to Taylor & Francis Publishers (Routledge). Secondly, I used the funding provided by the award to travel to Denver, Colorado to document a case student project (Stapleton) that I subsequently included in the book that was published. The Windley Award contributed greatly to the recent publication of my book, “Green Infrastructure for Landscape Planning,” and to a conference presentation and an article in the Spaces and Flows Journal.

1. One award will be granted each year. 
2. Awarded funds may be used for a range of research and scholarly expenses including but not limited to travel, materials and supplies, equipment and student wages, etc.
3. The award cannot be accepted as salary enhancement.
4. The budget will be subject to approval by the Dean of the College of Art & Architecture. 
5. Selected by program heads and Charla Windley.

1. Each applicant must be a tenure track faculty, tenured faculty or have been a non-tenure track (full or part-time) faculty for at least two (2) consecutive years in the College of Art & Architecture.  In all cases the applicant must be under contract with the University of Idaho.
2. The applicant should demonstrate a record of excellence in written scholarship for at least two (2) consecutive years.
3. The applicant should demonstrate how the award will enhance a research project as well as outline possibilities for its dissemination.  Priority will be given to proposals which lead to publishable works.
4. Priority will also be given to those scholarly activities reflective of Paul’s areas of interest, i.e. linking architecture to the social sciences, small towns, aging issues, research methods, and ways in which the built environments affects quality of life dimensions, (e.g., psychological and physical well-being).   
5. The successful applicant should be willing to deliver a public “Windley Lecture” summarizing the scholarly activity and allow the lecture to be part of a lecture series publication if that occurs.
6. A recipient may receive the award more than once.  However, a recipient may not receive it more than twice in a five (5) year period.

1. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a sample of written scholarship (e.g., publication in academic journals or conference proceedings, book or book chapter, or referred paper) and a brief proposal (500 words) describing how the award would support future scholarly activity.
2. Applications will be reviewed by the College of Art & Architecture Executive Committee.  Charla Windley will be given the opportunity to participate in the review process and will give the award to the selected applicant.
3. The committee will forward recommendations to the Dean for consideration and final determination.

College of Art and Architecture

College of Art and Architecture

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2461
 Moscow, ID 83844-2461

Phone: 208-885-4409

Fax: 208-885-9428