University of Oregon

Planning, Public Policy and Management


Student-run HOPES conference to bring ecological designers, scholars, writers

The Holistic Options for Planet Earth Sustainability (HOPES) conference, an annual gathering hosted each spring term by the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts, is one of the only student-run sustainability conferences in the United States.

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Student group gets city backing for new East 13th bikeway

Efforts by A&AA students going back to 2013 will come to fruition in a new two-way bike lane the City of Eugene expects to build in 2018. The UO’s LiveMove student organization spearheaded the project after an off-campus student housing development was built without allowing for a bike-friendly route to campus. The LiveMove group, which included planning and architecture students, designed what will be called the David Minor Bikeway. Read more in Around the O

two-way bike path


Report spotlights best ways to improve campus emergency management

UO researchers recently completed a major national study on the best ways to manage campus emergencies. The findings were spotlighted on The National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) website. “The Umpqua Community College tragedy underscores the importance of campus emergency management programs,” said Robert Parker, of the Community Service Center, the program in the UO Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management that completed the study.

From left, Mugs Scherer, Rory Isbell, Ali Lau, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Robert Parker, Krista Dillon, Bentley Regher, and Amy Nelms


Students partner with community organizations to craft strategic plans

Fall 2016 marked the 15th year that students in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM) have partnered with local organizations to help draft strategic plans, providing a boost for community organizations with limited financial resources.

PPPM students


Two A&AA employees earn Outstanding Employee Awards

Zudegi Giordano, office coordinator in the Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management, and Beth Roy, executive administrative assistant in the Department of Art, are among recipients of this year’s Outstanding Employee Awards at UO. They were honored during a reception at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on November 30.

Zudegi Giordano and Beth Roy


Students engage communities and beautify neighborhoods

The City of Eugene is home to innumerable fire hydrants painted with eccentric designs: a Lego character, the Oregon Duck, a Dalmatian, a hula dancer, a squirming red squid, or simply a bunch of colorful dots. But getting one of these idiosyncratic hydrants painted, surprisingly, isn't simple.

students prepare paints


UO launches sustainability partnership with City of Albany

The UO’s Sustainable City Year Program is collaborating this year with the City of Albany, Oregon, on projects ranging from parks improvements to economic development. Albany’s mayor and staff celebrated the partnership at the Jaqua Center with students, faculty, and others recently.

Dyana Mason with audience


A&AA lands top talent across disciplines

A&AA welcomes new tenure-track faculty in art, landscape architecture, art history, historic preservation, and planning, public policy and management.

new faculty


New A&AA dean thinks globally, shares locally

For Christoph Lindner, the new dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, "university life-research, education, teaching-connects to everything." Lindner shares his enthusiasm about making those connections at the University of Oregon and A&AA's growing global reach. He brings his own far-reaching global experience to the table as well, having most recently come from Amsterdam. Read more at AroundtheO

Christoph Lindner


PPPM Faculty Takes Class to Thailand

My course, NGOs of SE Asia, kicked off officially yesterday here in Chiang Mai, Thailand, although some students and I arrived a few days early to get adjusted to the time change, and get to know Chiang Mai a little. Today, we started our NGO visits, and are visiting the Elephant Nature Park with the Save Elephant Foundation tomorrow, then Wednesday we fly down to Bangkok. We have had some great conversations already, and even more great food. More than half the class are PPPM students, and all but one are UO students.

NGOs in Thailand, class photo, courtesy of Dyana Mason, Ph.D.