Fridays@4 - Kathryn Rogers Merlino - Old is New Again
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 4:00pm
Fridays@4 - Kathryn Rogers Merlino - Old is New Again

Kathryn Rogers Merlino is an Associate Professor of Architecture and an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle. She teaches courses on architectural history, theories of preservation and building reuse, vernacular architecture and design studio at the undergraduate and graduate level and has taught study abroad courses in France, Denmark, and Italy.  

Her current research argues that the reuse of existing buildings – both everyday ‘non- historic’ and ‘historic’ – is a critical part of our sustainable future. Her latest research is reflected in her recent book Building Reuse: Sustainability, Preservation, and the Value of Design (UW Press, 2018), where she makes the case that truly sustainable design requires reusing and reimagining existing buildings. Citing the negative impact of resource extraction and landfill waste, she argues but by changing the way we think about environmentally conscious architecture through green retrofits has the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions. Her research also looks at rethinking current historic preservation policy that can support reuse of even unremarkable buildings. 

After receiving a B.A. in Architecture from the University of Washington, Kathryn practiced in the Seattle area for several years and worked with Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects (now Olson Kundig), where she received several awards for projects designed with the firm. She received both a Master of Architecture and a Master of Architectural History from the University of Virginia in 1999.  She is on the has been on the Board of Directors for the Vernacular Architecture Forum, and recently completed four years on the King County Landmarks Commission. Merlino also works as a historic preservation and narrative consultant for design firms.

About Fridays@4: Each Friday at 4pm during most of the academic term, PSU School of Architecture students and faculty gather together to hear from professional designers and architects, academics, visiting artists, innovators, and students in the program, with refreshments and updates from faculty and your student leaders. Fridays@4 is a perfect way to wrap up each week of intense creativity in studio, and get inspired for the productive weekend ahead.

We encourage attendees to bring their own beverage cup in order to reduce waste in Shattuck Hall.

Free and open to the public.

Shattuck Hall
SW Broadway at Hall Street
School of Architecture
Portland State University