Knowlton Hall, dedicated in 2004, is a state-of-the-art facility for the Knowlton School. The school’s home is based on the integration of elements: inside and out, students and faculty, old and new, school and university, art and technology. Each of the three disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning are mixed. The design reflects the school’s mission of excellence in education, innovation in design and planning, and the stewardship of quality environment.
Knowlton Hall marks an important entrance to campus and forms a nucleus of professional schools along with the College of Engineering and Fisher College of Business. The 165,000-square-foot facility houses all classrooms, facilities, and offices for Knowlton School’s three disciplines. Students learn in the six classrooms, four seminar spaces, 200-seat auditorium, outdoor classroom spaces, and 500 studio spaces available to them. The building also features gallery space for exhibitions, central review space for critiques of student work, a materials/fabrication lab, an experimental roof garden space, a 50,000-volume library, two computer laboratories, a digital image library, and the Knowlton School Café.
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Knowlton Hall was designed by Mack Scogin Merril Elam Architects of Atlanta, with Wandel & Schnell of Columbus (now WSA Studio). Landscape architecture was designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates, New York and Cambridge. The stuctural engineer was Lantz Jones & Nebraska, Inc. (now SMBH, Inc.). Knowlton Hall has been recognized by national publications, such as Architecture, Competitions, Dwell, Praxis, and Architectural Record, and won numerous awards:
- American Institute of Architects, National; Architecture Honor Award, 2010
- American Institute of Architects/American Library Association; Award of Excellence, 2005
- American Institute of Architects, Georgia; Honor Award, 2006
- American Institute of Architects, Ohio; Honor Award, 2005
- American Institute of Architects, Columbus; Honor Award, 2009
- American Council of Engineering Companies; National Recognition Award, 2005
- American Council of Engineering Companies, Ohio; Grand Award, 2005
- International Masonry Institute, Ohio; Golden Trowel Award, 2005
- Post Tensioning Institute; Award of Excellence, 2004
- Columbus Landmarks Association; James B. Recchie Design Award, Finalist, 2007