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.
News from the School
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.
In the Planning in the Abstract exhibit, graduate students in the Innovations in City and Regional Planning course transform their technical planning reports into abstract art. "The exhibit is a microcosm of what you feel when you look over a city," explains Kyle Ezell, Associate Professor of Practice in the Knowlton School's City and Regional Planning Section, as he encourages visitors "to travel through the exhibit the way they might move through a city."
Each fall semester the senior Architecture Design Studio culminates in the Gui Competition, with twelve students selected as finalists to present their design projects to guest jurors and faculty of the Knowlton School. This year’s competition, which prompted the students to design the San Francisco House of Music in Golden State Park, marks the 21st annual James E. Gui ‘54 Design Competition.
The 2015-2016 Knowlton School Year in Review publication highlights the many activities, honors, and achievements of the school's students, faculty and alumni from the past academic year. Of special note were the many events and exhibits, as well as the alumni, emeriti faculty, and friends of the school, who participated in the Centennial Celebrations of the Landscape Architecture section.
Roland Gustavsson, the 2016 Trott Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Knowlton School, conducted a week-long workshop with sophomore and first-year graduate landscape architecture students, which included field visits within Central Ohio. Moving from observation to analysis, students created large profile diagrams on paper with charcoal and chalk from one of their documented transects during a two-day exercise in Knowlton Hall.
Design Week[s] 2016 will kick off Friday evening, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m.