News from the School

Aug 9

Mikyoung Kim, an award winning international landscape architect and founding principal of Mikyoung Kim Design (MYKD), is the Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Knowlton School during the Autumn 2018 semester. She is known for culturally significant designs that serve as a powerful tool to celebrate the beauty of the collective human experience. Kim’s innovative design approach emphasizes an interdisciplinary research and design process in projects that range from regional scale urban waterfronts to sculptural installations.

Aug 8

In finding insight and inspiration for the design of a building, students in Knowlton Hall simply need to survey their surroundings. In a summer 2018 article, ArchDaily listed Knowlton Hall as one of 15 “significant and recent architecture school buildings that inspire and challenge the next generations of designers.” Of the six U.S. schools listed, including Yale Art + Architecture Building, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Princeton School of Architecture (2012 addition), Knowlton Hall at Ohio State was one of two public state universities recognized, sharing the distinction with Clemson University College of Architecture. International schools include School of Architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), UC Architecture School Building (Chile) and Strasbourg School of Architecture (France).

Aug 3

As a freshman engineering major, Heather Roberge enrolled in Professor Jacqueline Gargus’s Architecture Survey course and Arch 202 Introduction to Design. Engaged by the material, she applied to the architecture program. Roberge received both her Bachelor of Science (’93) and Master of Architecture degrees (’95) at The Ohio State University, where she received the AIA Certificate of Excellence and graduated summa cum laude. Roberge is now a nationally-recognized designer, architect and educator based in Los Angeles. In 1999, she co-founded the design practice Gnuform and, in 2008, founded the award-winning practice Murmur. She is currently the Chair of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA, one of the top-ranked graduate architecture programs in the country.

Jul 11

The Knowlton School is saddened to report the passing of George Van Niel, AIA. George passed away at the age of 83 on June 27, 2018 at the Veteran Administration's Dayton Hospice.

Jun 27

Above the Columbus 5th Avenue Corridor, Digital Resource Archivist and Curator Chris Strasbaugh took to the skies in the Knowlton School’s first drone-based research and analysis project. Stitching together the drone’s 3500 hundred aerial photos, students in CRP 4110 Transportation and Land Use created an 86 ft. by 3 ft. high-resolution map of the corridor’s infrastructure. Enabled by aerial-perspective data collection, such as high-detail imagery and sensor-specific mapping, research and design efforts across the Knowlton School’s three disciplines are just beginning to harness new flight-bound technology.

Jun 11

“I am giving a lecture about politics,” stated Pritzker Prize–winning architect Rem Koolhaas, 2018 Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Knowlton School, to introduce his lecture, “current preoccupations,” to a capacity crowd in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium. “I will show a series of projects to be seen within the context of communication and of remaining in contact with the so-called enemy,” he added. Through the Baumer lecture and seminars with graduate architecture students, Koolhaas highlighted work from his renown portfolio, and touched on the politics of both their design and the environments in which they exist.

Apr 27

Following a preview of student work and opening remarks, winners were announced for the Internship Research Prize during the 2018 City and Regional Planning Exhibition and Reception. The MCRP Internship Program provides students with a broad, and yet intensive learning experience in the city and regional planning field were they are required to complete 560 hours in a planning-related internship. The following is the list of students whose work was recognized: Sarah Lilly, First Place; Brian Zimmerman, Second Place; Alicia Christie, Third Place; Richard Hansen, Best Topic; Tobi Otulana, Best Graphics.

Apr 26

Each year the College of Engineering recognizes outstanding staff performance at the annual Above and Beyond Staff Awards. This year the Knowlton School’s Student Services team of Angela Beer, Jessica Baer-Graves, Christine Meadows and Jacquelyn Monnin received the Exemplary Team Performance and Service Award. “Their efforts have helped to move the Knowlton School’s programs further along the path to being some of the best in the state as well as in the nation. They are tireless advocates for the student experience. Though they are a small team, they are a mighty one,” commented LaTonia Stiner-Jones, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs in the College of Engineering.

Apr 23

In a format of traveling reviews, 11 students in the Landscape Architecture section presented their Directed Research Projects in locations throughout Knowlton Hall during Spring Semester’s Final Review Week. Following the selection of six finalists, and a second-round of their presentations, the Directed Research Prize was awarded to Marty Koelsch in the undergraduate category and Emily Knox in the graduate category.

Apr 16

What does it mean to be a smart architect? Through the theme #GETSMART, the American Institute of Architecture Students 2018 Midwest Quad Conference, hosted in April by the Ohio State University AIAS Chapter, explored possible applications of the term to design practice and urban planning. The Ohio State chapter developed a three-day program of keynote presentations, break-out sessions, short courses and tours for the 160 student attendees from 16 Midwest universities. Hosted in Knowlton Hall, presentations and education sessions were facilitated by educators and representatives from 25 professional firms, covering a multidisciplinary profile of planners, industrial designers, engineers and architects.

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