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PSU Architecture students design and build pavilion in Urban Plaza
Author: Karen O'Donnell Stein
Posted: October 22, 2015

Architecture students at Portland State University have designed and built a 40-foot-long wooden pavilion in the Urban Plaza for Portland State of Mind, a 10-day celebration of knowledge and culture on campus starting today.

The pavilion will provide a central place for visitors to learn about the 50-plus events that make up Portland State of Mind, including live music, exhibits, lectures, open houses, Vikings football and volleyball games, and more. About 100 students helped build the structure out of 650 Douglas fir two-by-fours next to the Academic and Student Recreation Center, 1800 S.W. 6th Ave. The structure is open to the public.

The designers were inspired by Portland’s bridges and the way the college experience can resemble a journey across a bridge, from youth to adulthood, from innocence to knowledge, or from one career to another. Visitors enter the pavilion at one end and follow a meditative, meandering pathway through the structure, with an open space in the center. Along the pavilion’s pathway are posters and printed information on Portland State of Mind events, places to rest, and spots that call out for a selfie or two. Portland State of Mind merchandise will be offered for sale at limited hours.

“I am proud that the design of the pavilion is a thought-provoking, interactive metaphor of the university's transformative role in people’s lives,” said Clive Knights, director of the School of Architecture and faculty adviser for the project.

PSU’s School of Architecture is known for its innovative, inspiring design-build projects, such as the Pickathon Treeline Stage and the 4th Avenue Parklet. The PSU chapter of the national American Institute of Architecture Students formed the design team for the Portland State of Mind Pavilion. The design team leaders included undergraduate students Maab Cano, Kathryn Leavitt, and Brennan Aitken-Gantz, and Master of Architecture students Rosemary Hill, Willy Chandler, and Chelsea Mueller.

“This project was designed entirely by our members, ranging from third-year undergraduates to graduate students,” said Aitken-Gantz, PSU AIAS chapter president and the project's manager. “It’s been so exciting to see how this group has drawn on their design skills and put their architectural vision to work to create this unique, magical space.”


Above: The Portland State of Mind Pavilion in PSU's Urban Plaza, designed and built
by PSU Architecture students.


Above: The Portland State of Mind Pavilion in PSU's Urban Plaza, designed and built
by PSU Architecture students.


Above: Master of Architecture student Rosemary Hill constructs the Portland State
of Mind Pavilion in PSU's Urban Plaza, designed and built by PSU Architecture
students.


Above: The Portland State of Mind Pavilion design team visit with PSU President
Wim Wiewel and architect Alice Wiewel in the structure (left to right: Willy Chandler,
Kat Leavitt, Rosemary Hill, Chelsea Mueller, Alice Wiewel, Wim Wiewel, Maab Cano,
and Brennan Aitken-Gantz).

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