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Sep 6

For over 30 years the MCRP Internship Program has placed interns with Central Ohio governmental, private and non-profit agencies, combining a graduate education with outreach and service to the community. In gaining relevant field experiences through the program, former and current Knowlton School students like Josh Sikich (MCRP ’07), Jamie Roberts (MCRP ’17) and Andrew Neutzling are able to intersect their academic coursework with the realities of the planning practice.

Aug 30

Awarded a 2017 American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award, Amy Taylor’s (MLA ’17) project, Fairy Tales to Forest, is premised on the idea that interactions with our environment are influenced by encounters with nature at an early age. Fairy Tales to Forest develops research on formative perceptions of nature through a study of forests in children’s literature. The project concludes with an innovative tool kit of fairy tale forest archetypes that can be employed in landscape designs to directly connect children to the natural environment.

Jul 26

After more than 34 years of service, Knowlton School Professor of Architecture and Architecture Section Head Robert S. Livesey, FAIA, will retire from The Ohio State University. Acknowledging his impact, Knowlton School Director Mike Cadwell commented: “There is no one who has done more to elevate the educational mission of the Knowlton School than Rob. He has transformed the teaching of architecture from one constrained by convention to one that opens architecture to critical inquiry and creative alternatives.”

Jul 10

The Knowlton School is saddened to announce the passing of Waneita Dipner. In 2016, a gift from Waneita created The Wayne and Waneita Dipner Family Endowed Fund, which provides need-based scholarships to architecture students at the Knowlton School. The first two students supported by this new scholarship, Derek Luth and Spencer Huggins, both graduated from the architecture program cum laude in Spring 2017.

Jun 26

In their competition submission for a new Center for Visual Arts on the Ohio State University campus, Richard W. Trott (BARCH ’61) and Peter Eisenman proposed a new east/west axis into the campus. They considered this new crossing to be not just a route but an ‘event,’ which would define “the intersection of the university grid with the city grid, and thus symbolize[s] the intersection of the arts with the community.” Trott’s distinguished career as an architect and his formal training in the discipline forms yet another intersection of campus and city, connecting his studies as an Ohio State architecture student and the buildings he later designed in Columbus, Ohio.

Jun 20

“I was surprised at the composite nature of the culture. It felt like Mediterranean Europe combined with 1950’s American pop culture infused with a tropical Caribbean style,” commented Jack Raymond, a junior architecture student on his return from a ten-day study abroad trip to Cuba. Spring break trips to Cuba, as well as Taiwan and Chile, offer new destinations for Knowlton School students to conduct research and learn in design-rich international locations.

May 23

The Knowlton School is pleased to announce that Professor Todd Gannon has been appointed the next Section Head of Architecture. “Todd is uniquely qualified to lead the Architecture Section forward,” according to Knowlton School Director Michael Cadwell. “He is an experienced practitioner and academic who is well acquainted with the school and a respected voice in the discipline.”

May 4

Ensconced in Schloss Solitude, a late-Baroque structure built by Duke Carl Eugen in 1763-64, Associate Professor of Architecture Curtis Roth completed his manuscript, Some Dark Products: A Travelogue of Nine Instruments For Architecture. Roth’s nine-month sojourn in the former hunting lodge located in Stuttgart, Germany, was made possible through an Akademie Schloss Solitude Residency Fellowship.

Apr 24

Knowlton School Professor of Architecture Ann Pendleton-Jullian has been named a 2017-2018 Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS). Professor Pendleton-Jullian’s work at CASBS will advance the theory and practice of DesUnbound, developed through six design studios and articulated in her book, Design Unbound. Designing for Emergence in a White Water World (MIT Press, 2017). 

Apr 14

Jake Boswell and Kristi Cheramie from the Knowlton School Landscape Architecture Section, and Mattijs van Maasakkers from the City and Regional Panning Section, continue to develop their action research project, Ohio Land Exchange (OH/LEX), in Lima, Ohio. Working in collaboration with students and faculty from OSU Lima and Amy Sackman-Odum, Lima’s Community Development Director, the Knowlton School faculty are utilizing GIS mapping and community engagement to reactivate vacant and abandoned land in the city.    

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