News from the School

Nov 19

Knowlton School Professor of Architecture Beth Blostein (BSARCH ’91) and Lecturer Bart Overly (BSARCH ’91), principals of Blostein/Overly Architects (BL/OV), received an Honor Award for Out of Town at the 2019 AIA Columbus Architecture Awards. This year’s program honored 10 local projects, including two Honor Awards, as the best designed buildings in Columbus. Completed in fall of 2018, Out-of-Town is located in the neighborhood of Franklinton, Columbus’s first settlement which is currently undergoing significant revitalization. Constructed on 0.8 acres on Town Street and just 700 yards “out of town” from the downtown riverfront, the completed project is a 45-unit apartment building. It lives within a gritty and emerging arts district, yet is adjacent to a long-established single family neighborhood. BL/OV considers the project to be an extension and inhabitant of both conditions.

Nov 6

Ohio State ranked 5th among undergraduate programs and 11th among graduate programs nationally in DesignIntelligence’s Top 25 Most Admired Schools for accredited landscape architecture programs. Rankings are based on survey feedback provided by hiring professionals in the fields of landscape architecture, architecture and interior design. In the category for most hired from landscape architecture schools, the Knowlton School’s programs ranked 6th in the country according to the DesignIntelligence 2019 School Rankings Survey. The Knowlton School was placed in Group 1 — 35+ Graduates, the highest of the six size categories, based on the average number of graduates each year in their combined undergraduate and graduate programs.

Oct 30

City and Regional Planning Faculty and PhD Students from the Knowlton School were active at this year’s Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Annual Conference. The 59th ACSP conference was hosted in Greenville, South Carolina, a once economically challenged textile town that has made a dramatic transition into one of America’s best-planned, attractive, and livable small cities.

Oct 25

After the Great Flood: Recovering Impossible Histories of the US Army Corps of Engineers, an exhibit co-curated by Kristi Cheramie, associate professor in landscape architecture at the Knowlton School, and Matthew Seibert, opens October 28 in Campbell Hall at the University of Virginia. The exhibition marks the third installation of this body of work, opening first in the Banvard Gallery of the Knowlton School in 2016, in 2018 at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and now at the University of Virginia.

Oct 9

In partnership with K. Brandt Knapp, Knowlton School alum Jerome W. Haferd (BSARCH ’07) won the $10,000 Grand Prize for the #ZeroThreshold Design Competition for their entry “SIDE by SIDE : a multi-use, multi-abled commons.” #ZeroThreshold is part of an architecture and urban design initiative to celebrate accessibility as a generator of design, and for the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio to build a proposal that takes the lead in the future of this movement.

Sep 24

Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning Dr. Zhenhua Chen has received an Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) research grant of $174,908 to study the impact of distracted driving on the severity and frequency of vehicle crashes in the United States. In particular, Chen will investigate the different roles that legislation, driver education, and the built environment played in vehicle crashes by distracted driving.

Sep 9

We are thrilled to announce that our Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) and Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) programs have been officially approved as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) designated fields of study, effective Autumn Semester 2019. The STEM designation will allow international students graduating with a BSLA or an MLA to apply for an extension of their Optional Practical Training (OPT) with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

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Sep 9

The Ohio State University master’s program in city and regional planning (MCRP) earned high marks in Planetizen’s 2019 Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs, rising to 15th nationally as ranked by planning educators, an increase from 16th in the 2017 rankings. “We are pleased to see that our peers and colleagues in the field of city and regional planning recognize the value of the work we do at Ohio State. We pride ourselves on the innovative undergraduate and graduate degree programs we offer and a distinctly optimistic and aspirational approach to planning inclusive, sustainable, and equitable cities and communities," said CRP Section Head Jennifer Clark.

Sep 4

Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning Yasuyuki Motoyama has published From Innovation to Entrepreneurship: Connectivity-based Regional Development. The book is published by Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc. “More than 90 percent of cases I have observed told me that technology did not create markets or businesses,” stated Motoyama on a finding that did not align with the currently dominate theory of innovation. “Entrepreneurs created markets. Then, entrepreneurs later found technologies to make their businesses and markets happen.” Innovation and entrepreneurship are often considered two sides of the same coin. But are the links between innovation and entrepreneurship as inextricable as we think?

Sep 3

Review highlights of the 2018-19 academic year in the latest