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Apr 4

The world’s building sector is currently responsible for approximately one-third of global CO2 emissions. Buildings also provide stable indoor climates designed for human comfort. Paradoxically, these two facts work against one another: the carbon emitted to provide comfortable indoor climates simultaneously leads to global warming. While Adaptive Thermal Comfort (ATC), also referred to as mixed-mode building, is a new paradigm for climate change adaptation and building comfort, its understanding and application is limited in the United States. Recipient of a prestigious 2019-2020 Fulbright Scholar Award to Australia, Assistant Professor of Architecture Andrew Cruse will carry out his research, entitled “Promoting Indoor Climate Change,” at the University of Technology Sydney from March – June 2020. Cruse will collaborate with Leena Thomas, professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), who co-developed the Building Occupant Survey System (BOSSA), to explore ways to reduce building energy by allowing indoor climates to vary based on exterior weather.

Mar 27

In recognition of outstanding service to the university, Knowlton School Alumnus George Acock (BARCH ’63) has been named a recipient of a 2019 Ohio State University Distinguished Service Award. Spanning Acock’s 52 years of practice in Columbus, he has designed over $1 billion of construction and has been awarded 22 citations for excellence in commercial and residential design from national, state and local organizations. Included in this distinguished portfolio are significant buildings in the history of the Ohio State campus, among them Pomerene Hall, Sullivant Hall, the North Residential District and the Student Academic Services (SAS) building.

Mar 5

Betsy Pandora (MCRP ’10) is the Executive Director at Short North Alliance (SNA), an advocacy organization for the culturally rich Short North Arts District. She has served as the Education Outreach and Development Coordinator at the Wexner Center for the Arts and as strategic planning assistant in the director’s office. More recently, Pandora was the Healthy Places Coordinator for Columbus Public Health Department and was the leading force behind Columbus Art Walks. The Short North Arts District is recognized as a pioneer in urban revitalization and features one of the most dynamic concentrations of creative art, dining, nightlife, fashion, home décor and unique gift establishments in all of Ohio. The mission of the Short North Alliance is to nurture the Short North Arts District as a vibrant, creative, and inclusive community and leading arts destination.

Feb 22

“Autism Planning and Design Guidelines 1.0” has been selected as the 2019 AICP Student Project Award from the American Planning Association (APA). City and Regional Planning (CRP) students in Professor of Practice Kyle Ezell’s studios and workshop developed the project that explores ways planners, architects and landscape architects can create communities where adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can thrive. The project is the culmination of a one-and-a-half-year process that included three undergraduate studios and one graduate workshop where CRP students engaged with adults with autism, parents of adults with autism, professionals from planning and urban design-related fields, and experts on autism.

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Feb 21

Twenty-eight student models wore pieces designed and created by Ohio State University students based on the theme of SCULPTURE, which encouraged distinct or abstract three-dimensional forms created by unique sculpting techniques. Now in its 8th year, SERVitecture’s Fashion Schau topped last year’s gate by raising over $2,000 for Dress for Success Columbus, a national non-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and career development tools.