Landscape Architecture Section Associate Professor Kristi Cheramie and Assistant Professor Sarah Cowles are two of 18 Jury Selection Finalists in the 2015 Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC). The FCDC seeks to foster cutting-edge innovation by emerging national and international designers, architects, landscape architects and artists through works that actively engage with natural and cultural factors that are specific to the Austin, Texas and its surrounding region. Information about the Jury Selection Finalists is available on the competition website.
News from the School
Knowlton School architecture alumnus Jeffrey Collins (BSARCH ’00, MARCH ’02) has been named one of five finalists in Field Experiment, a public action project in Atlanta organized by The Goat Farm, a creative industrial complex in West Midtown Atlanta, and The Hambidge Center, a non-profit organization that awards residency fellowships to distinguished artists and scientists at its 600 acre creative sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Collins’ submission, Envelope, was selected from 130 applications received from 44 cities, 21 states and five countries.
Hazel Morrow-Jones, PhD, professor of city and regional planning and associate provost for women’s policy initiatives and director of The Women’s Place (TWP), will retire from the university. Her retirement is effective June 30.
Hazel joined Ohio State’s faculty in 1988 as an assistant professor in the City and Regional Planning Section of the Knowlton School of Architecture in the College of Engineering. As a faculty member, she has taught at all levels; her work has been widely published; and her service contributions have been extensive -- in her academic unit, college and across the university.
Alumni from the architecture student Class of 1966 have banded together to create the Class of '66 Architectural Scholarship Fund. This initiative was started in 2006, reached endowment level this year and in 2016 – the 50th anniversary year of the Class of 1966 – will be available to provide financial support to undergraduate or graduate architecture students based on merit and financial need.
Today’s education must have an international reach because today’s world is internationally connected. We bring the world to Knowlton with visiting faculty and public lectures, symposia and exhibitions. Our study abroad programs take our students out into the world – whether they are sketching the ruins of ancient Rome, researching the impact of soil erosion in Iceland, or assisting with development in Africa. That is why our Capital Campaign is so important. Your donations make these exceptional educational experiences possible. We ask you to join other generous alumni and friends by making a gift in support of exceptional experiences.
When Knowlton School students Jake Boehk, Andrew Bowsher, Ashley Hofmaster, Kalindi Parikh and Lia Yakumithis put together an idea for a mobile app for planners as a team-building exercise led by instructor Zach Kenitzer, they had no idea that the project might actually get developed. After winning the class competition, City and Regional Planning Associate Professor of Practice Kyle Ezell suggested that the team submit their proposal to the Innovative Planning Apps for Planners competition hosted by the American Planning Association’s Technology Division. When the students heard about the competition, they recognized the obvious link with their studio project and entered their application called Chip-In.
After already winning an Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecture (OCASLA) Merit Award and the 2015 Vernon Deines Award for an Outstanding Small Town Special Project Plan by the American Planning Association (APA), City and Regional Planning Associate Professor of Practice Kyle Ezell’s project The Essence of Athens: A Strategic Design Plan for Economic Enhancement and Community Competitiveness has received the 2015 Donald E. Hunter Award for Excellence in Economic Development Planning from the Economic Development Division of the APA.
The 11 undergraduates in Chad Gibson’s city and regional planning studio course were assigned a daunting task—assessing the feasibility of light rail transit for Ohio’s capital city. As the largest metropolitan area in the United States without passenger rail service, proponents argue that a world-class transportation system is critical to Columbus becoming a world-class city. But previous attempts to bring light rail to the city in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s were unsuccessful. Local advocacy group Transit Columbus approached Ohio State’s city and regional planning department with the idea for the studio following Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman’s State of the City address in February 2014. The mayor’s challenge to connect the city’s central business district to Port Columbus International Airport by passenger rail reignited the possibility of realizing such a system.
he 4th Annual Fashion Schau, organized by student group SERVitecture and hosted in Knowlton Hall’s Center Space on Friday, February 20, raised $1,300 for charity Dress for Success Columbus, exceeding last year’s recording breaking total of $1,250.
Christine Meadows was recognized for her commitment to excellence in higher education at Ohio State at the Sphinx/Mortar Board Faculty and Staff Reception at the Longaberger Alumni House on Monday