Drawing, Painting, and Photography Building & Thesis StudiosPortland, OR | completed 2010
Oregon College of Art and Craft
Heather Weiss, Project Architect
Charles Rose Architects Inc.
The Jean Vollum DPP Building houses studios, classrooms, darkrooms, and offices for the drawing, painting, and photography departments at OCAC. The smaller building, connected by a common roof, contains thesis students' studios.
Built into the hillside of the steeply sloping campus, the photography darkrooms are located below-grade while classrooms and studios have abundant natural light through clerestory glazing at roof monitors, large windows, and interior glass partitions. The upper level hallway connecting the main studio spaces doubles as a gallery space. A roof deck on the thesis studio building and a large balcony off the drawing and painting studios provide additional work or gathering spaces for students and faculty, taking advantage of open views from the sloped site.
The project was awarded LEED Silver certification by the USGBC, in part due to highly efficient HVAC systems, abundant daylighting, and environmentally-friendly and locally-sourced materials.