Nico Larco, Department of Architecture

Academic Areas:
Sustainability, Urban Design, Architecture, Green Cities, Urban Growth, Walkability, Livability

Nico Larco is an expert in sustainable urban design and suburban development, with a focus on how city design affects transportation choices. His works includes looking at how to create well-connected and vibrant multifamily housing complexes and strip malls, and looks at the ability of cities and regions to adapt to changes over time. At the University of Oregon, he is an associate professor of architecture and the co-director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative. Nico focuses on the impacts urban design on sustainability and the potential to transform redevelopment so it moves with sociological shifts. Through the Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) – a program of SCI – he helps direct between 25-35 courses towards a single Oregon cities to help solve urban challenges over the course of a year. Cities to date have included Salem, Springfield, Medford, Redmond, and Gresham. This model of large-scale engagement has been adopted and adapted by more than 20 programs across the country and internationally. Nico helped found the Educational Partnership for Innovations in Communities Network (EPIC-N), the international organizing network of SCYP programs.  

Contact:
nlarco@uoregon.edu | 541-346-1421 | @nicolarco

Websites:
http://architecture.uoregon.edu/faculty/larco
http://sci.uoregon.edu/

Recent Media:
Podcast: The effect of driverless cars and Amazon on cities (Engaging Local Government Leaders Podcast, Sept. 15, 2017)
Could autonomous vehicles cause an economic disaster? (Around the O, April 28, 2017)
Cities and self-driving cars (Oregon Public Broadcasting, April 5, 2017)
Academia shines light on urban planning (1859 Oregon Magazine, Aug. 5, 2015)
10-week think tanks (The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 2013)
UO sustainability program partners with Redmond (KTVZ, March 31, 2015)
Why universities need celebrating from the (city) rooftops (Forbes, Dec. 10, 2011)
In Oregon, students seek key to a sustainable city (The New York Times, August 2010)