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Dec 9

Possible Mediums, a project whose initial development stems from a conference hosted at Knowlton Hall last February, is moving into its next phase: a traveling exhibition that will feature new pieces from each designer grouped into four categories: Active Models, Excessive Volumes, Figural Projections, and Tactile Objects. As part of this initiative, Possible Mediums has announced a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to support the exhibition.

Nov 18

Knowlton architecture students and faculty are collaborating with colleagues in Theater, Engineering and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), as well as with The Ohio State University’s Facilities Operations and Development team, to design and install large-scale, projected lighting displays on the north façade of the South Campus Central Chiller Plant. The displays will run from November 18 through November 25, from 8-10:00PM each evening.

Nov 18

Knowlton School sophomore architecture student Max Moore was one of four winners of this year’s FOTOshop: Vignette Competition, part of Columbus Design Week[s]’ “signature project,” cbus:FOTO, which invited members of the public to “explore and re-conceptualize Columbus’ ‘overlooked’ spaces and urban voids through photography.”

Nov 12

Mark Robbins, former associate professor of architecture at the Knowlton School, has been named the new president and CEO of the American Academy in Rome. While at Ohio State, Robbins was the Marion O. and Maximilian E. Hoffman Foundation Rome Prize Fellow in design at the American Academy in Rome in 1997 and also served as the first Curator of Architecture at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Nov 12

Knowlton School alumni Philip Markwood and Alan McKnight were among 14 distinguished alumni recognized at the 16th Annual Excellence in Engineering & Architecture Alumni Awards on October 18. Each year the College of Engineering honors alumni of the College and the Knowlton School for extraordinary personal achievements, remarkable contributions to their professional fields, or outstanding service to the college.

Oct 30

Sylvia Lavin, Chair of the Ph.D. in Architecture program and Professor of Architectural History and Theory at the University of California, Los Angeles, is the Knowlton School’s Autumn 2013 Herbert Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professor. Lavin was Chairperson of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA from 1996 to 2006. She is a frequent visitor at Harvard University¹s Graduate School of Design, and was a Visiting Professor of Architectural Theory at Princeton University's School of Architecture. A leading figure in current debates, Lavin is known both for her scholarship and criticism in contemporary architecture and design.

Oct 25

Ohio State’s entry into the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon has found a permanent home on The Ohio State University campus. Serving as a meeting space, site for class visits, and learning laboratory for students and faculty involved in energy-efficient design and construction research, the 900 square foot home, named enCORE, was installed earlier this month on Chadwick Lake at the Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens.

Oct 24

In early October, the Knowlton School Alumni Society kicked off the Knowlton School Mentor Program with a mixer at the Gateway Film Center. It was the inaugural event of the new mentoring program that is co-sponsored by several local professional organizations, including: American Institute of Architects- Columbus Chapter (AIA Columbus), Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (OCASLA), ULI Columbus- a District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI Columbus), and the Central Ohio Section of the American Planning Association (APA-Central Ohio)

Oct 21

Ohio State University and the Knowlton School’s City and Regional Planning Section are hosting The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Administrators’ Conference this November 14-17.

Oct 21

George B. Tobey Jr., Emeritus Professor of Landscape Architecture, passed away at the age of 95 on January 21, 2013. George came to Ohio State as an assistant professor in 1951, at the same point when the university’s Board of Trustees decided to transform the former Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture into a School within the College of Engineering. In the early 1960’s, George assumed the chairmanship of landscape architecture, serving through the period when the School created a new accredited Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture degree program.

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