Judith Sheine


Professor of Architecture, Director of Design
University of Oregon, TallWood Design Institute


Judith Sheine is a Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Oregon. She is the Director of Design for the TallWood Design Institute, a collaboration between the University of Oregon’s College of Design and Oregon State University’s Colleges of Forestry and Engineering focused on the advancement of timber manufacturing and design. Sheine is also an award-winning architect whose projects have been published internationally and she has been recognized as the leading authority on the work of R.M. Schindler; her publications on the architect include R.M. Schindler (Phaidon Press, 2001) and her most recent book, Schindler, Kings Road and Southern California Modernism (University of California Press, 2012), co-authored with Robert Sweeney. 

Breakout Presentation Topic:
Design potential in mass timber modular prefabricated units, with a focus on classrooms and housing.

There is great potential for mass-produced mass timber modular units to increase the quality of affordable housing and classroom design. These units can be more sustainable, durable, resilient, affordable and more attractive than current on site constructed units. Case studies and current research in this area will be presented. This work is done in connection with the TallWood Design Institute, a collaboration between Oregon State University’s Colleges of Forestry and Engineering and University of Oregon’s College of Design focused on research, testing, outreach and education to advance wood products in Oregon. My work as Director of Design for the TallWood Design Institute includes design research and demonstration projects in mass timber. Several projects have included projects on the design of modular housing units and classrooms.