Upcoming Events

  • The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition

    Sep 2, 2020—Oct 16, 2020

    The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition explores early work of the titular Expedition, a public architecture office with Lake Erie as a client. Focusing on attempts to establish their roles as public advocates and draft the contours of non-human architect-client relationships, works on display include furniture at the Parliament for a Material World, prototypes for the Maumee Basin Phosphorous Co-Op, and models of the Last Impervious Surface in Portage County Ohio. The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition is created by Galen Pardee.
  • Baumer Conversations, Vivian Lee and James Macgillivray with Erik Herrmann

    Sep 30, 2020


    As part of the Autumn 2020 Baumer Lecture Series, Vivian Lee and James  Macgillivray will give a short talk followed by a conversation with Knowlton faculty Erik Herrmann.

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.