The Knowlton School 's undergraduate and graduate Landscape Architecture programs ranked highly in the just-released 2016-2017 DesignIntelligence rankings of “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools.” The undergraduate program ranked 6th in the nation and recieved the #2 spot in the Deans Survey for most admired program for "its progressive faculty focusing on design, critical thinking and leadership." The graduate landscape architecture program ranked 13th out of the top 25 programs in the nation, according to both hiring professionals and academic leaders.
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For the second time in three years, the publication DesignIntelligence has named Knowlton School Professor of Architecture and Architecture Section Head Robert Livesey one of the 25 Most Admired Educators. Each year, DesignIntelligence honors excellence in education and education administration by naming 25 exemplary professionals in the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture.
Knowlton School graduates Navy Banvard (BSARCH ’82), Lane Beougher (BSARCH ’93), Tim Fishking (BSARCH ’84), David Meleca (BSARCH ’85), Steven Turckes (BSARCH ’84, MARCH ‘89) and James Wright (BSARCH '73) have been elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). One of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member, elevation to fellowship recognizes significant contributions to architecture and society on a national level.
The Knowlton School hosts Herbert Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professors each year, promoting a dialogue between the school's third-year graduate architecture students and practitioners and theorists in the field of architecture. The fall 2016 semester Baumer Professor Ryue Nishizawa is an internationally recognized architect, while spring 2017 semester Baumer Professor Sanford Kwinter is a distinguished architectural theorist.
Franklinton will be the site of a new housing development designed by Blostein/Overly Architects (BL/OV), a Columbus-based practice founded by Beth Blostein, RA, associate professor of architecture, and Bart Overly, RA, lecturer at the Knowlton School. Titled, "OUT OF TOWN," the project will include 36 one-bedroom apartment units and nine two-bedroom units, and is scheduled to be built on a .8 acre site located on West Town Street in the second quarter of 2017.