At The Ohio State University, we’re hardwired to think ambitiously. The Ohio State Alumni Magazine asked a dozen experts across the institution, including Jesus J. Lara, associate professor of city and regional planning, how they would tackle a big problem if they were given unlimited time, money and resources.
News from the School
Knowlton School Assistant Professor of Planning Mattijs van Maasakkers’ has recently published The Creation of Markets for Ecosystem Services in the United States. The Book explores both the promise and unrealized potential of ecosystem service markets in the US, and concludes with alternate ways the ecosystem service idea can be incorporated in a meaningful way into environmental decision-making.
Six Knowlton School students are this year’s recipients of Architecture Research Travel Awards (ARTA) which support independent research and travel during summer 2017. The Knowlton School ARTA program was established to encourage independent travel and research initiatives of up to 30 days by Knowlton students from all degree programs.
On February 24, the Knowlton Hall Center Space was transformed into a showcase of design talent and inspired DIY couture as part of SERVitecture's 6th Annual Fashion Schau. Twenty-eight models wore dresses designed and created by Ohio State University students based loosely on the theme of Multiply, allowing a sense of play and experimentation in the use of materials and tailoring techniques. The result was a sartorial showcase of contrasting textures, patchworks and bold embellishments for the standing-room only—and highly enthusiastic—crowd.
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 received 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.
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."