AKA: University of Washington, Seattle (UW), College of Architecture and Urban Planning Building

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings

Designers: Miller Hull Partnership, LLP (firm); Sellen Construction Company, Incorporated (firm); Stern, Richard M. and Associates (firm); Travis, Beverly A., and Associates, Electrical Engineer (firm); Zema and Streissguth, Associated Architects (firm); Robert Albrecht (structural engineer); Paul Benedict (architect); Grant Hildebrand (architect/architectural historian); Robert E. Hull (architect); David E. Miller (architect); Nels Nelson (building contractor); Claus Seligmann (architect); John Henry Sellen Sr. (building contractor/civil engineer); Richard M. Stern (architect); Daniel Michener Streissguth (architect); Einar Svensson (structural engineer); Beverly A. Travis (electrical engineer); Gene Kapiton Zema (architect)

Dates: constructed 1971

4 stories

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3949 15th Avenue NE
University District, Seattle, WA 98195-5730

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Gould Hall occupies the southwest corner of the intersection at NE 40th Street and 15th Avenue NE.


A team of talented designers collaborated on the design of Gould Hall. Daniel Streissguth and Gene Zema led this group, with contributions by Grant Hildebrand, Claus Seligmann, Dale Benedict. The building had a long process of planning and construction, with program work beginning in 12/1964. An early scheme prepared by this team c. 1968-1969 was rejected by the University of Washington Architectural Commission (UWAC). Streissguth and Zema made alterations in 1970, resulting in UWAC approval. Construction occurred in 1970 with partial occupancy by Spring 1971. Full occupancy did not occur until the fall of 1972.

Building History

The building, named for the founder of the University of Washington architecture program in 1914, has four floors, each shaped around a central atrium. Architects Streissguth and Zema, UW faculty members, were charged with designing a building to house classrooms and studios serving four departments: Architecture, Construction Management, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design and Planning, fields that often seemed separated from one another. This building was designed to facilitate chance encounters amongst the professions and to inform them of work being done in the four fields. Visual connection was allowed by windows glazing each classroom and office lining the atrium. Additionally, serendipitous meetings occur frequently on the building's dramatically sculptural central stairway. A number of schools on the West Coast acknowledged the need to promote collaboration among the design disciplines in the late 1950s. This included the University of Washington and the University of California, Berkeley, (with its Center for the Built Environment) led by Dean William Wurster.

The University of Washington Board of Regents voted to name this building for Carl F. Gould, Sr., on 02/19/1971.

Building Notes

Nels Nelson was the Job Superintendent for the John Sellen Construction Company on this project. In 1968-1969, the project team included: Robert Albrecht and Einar Svensson, structural engineers; Richard Stern, mechanical engineer; Beverly A. Travis and Associates, electrical engineer. Robin M. Towne and Associates, acoustical engineer. The architects, construction company and assembled engineers worked with University Architect Frederick M. Mann on the project.


On Gould's west side, a classroom, Room 100, was created out of the original University Way NE entryway.

On 06/23/2014, construction began on a remodeling project that would add a gallery space to the first and second floors of Gould Hall's east side. The east side entryway space was transformed into design studio spaces on floor 1 and an exhibition space on floor 2, designed by the firm of Miller Hull. The gallery space would project slightly into the east portion of Gould Court, just above and behind the cafe.

Aside from alterations of classrooms for other uses, such as provision for the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies, the 2014 exhibition space project was one of the largest remodeling efforts undertaken in Gould Hall since its construction in 1971.

PCAD id: 6068