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The Ohio State University was founded as a land-grant institution in the 19th century in response to the industrial revolution. At that time, the United States faced economic challenges that needed young professionals, particularly in agriculture and mining engineering, trained by institutions such as The Ohio State University. Gradually, the educational scope of land-grant institutions expanded to include the liberal arts with the understanding that this broadly based curriculum insures the informed citizenry upon which a democracy depends.

Today, the double heritage of utilitarian address and cultural mandate plays out in the curricula of the Knowlton School. We train young planners, landscape architects, and architects – professionals that are increasingly important in a world marked by scarcity, volatility and interconnectivity. However, the pedagogical legacy of the school is that professional training is necessary but not sufficient to this task. Each of our curricula includes technical subjects that are matched with history and theory classes to underscore the cultural implications of each disciplinary approach.