News from the School

Oct 23

The Knowlton School commemorated 100 years of the Landscape Architecture program during the week of Homecoming with special events, alumni reunions and student interactions. One of the highlights of this week of celebration included the surprise announcement of the Lawrence W. Walquist, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund. The Fund aims to raise $100,000 to award scholarships to undergraduate students pursuing a Landscape Architecture degree.

Oct 20

More than 200 alumni, emeriti faculty and friends of the program returned to the Ohio State campus to take part in the Landscape Architecture Centennial Celebrations held in Knowlton Hall during Homecoming Week 2015.

Oct 16

Knowlton School Assistant Professor of Architecture Kristy Balliet and her partner Kelly Bair of BairBalliet have been selected as one of twelve teams of architects to exhibit at the 2016 Venice Biennale’s US Pavilion. The exhibition, titled “The Architectural Imagination,” will explore the possibilities of Detroit as a laboratory for the innovative power of architecture.

Oct 16

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture Jake Boswell’s The Ocean Above Us: a child’s annotated history of the great inundation has received an Honorable Mention in the Speculative category of Archinect’s Dry Futures competition. The competition, which challenged entrants to develop ‘future-focused design responses to California’s drought’, is based on the premise that architects and designers ‘possess a remarkable set of tools and skills that uniquely establish the capacity to adapt to a problem that is both multifaceted and enormous.’

Oct 5

A $50,000 gift by the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), facilitated by CDFA CEO Toby Rittner (MCRP ’00), has created the Council of Development Finance Agencies Endowed Scholarship Fund endowment. Funds from the CDFA Scholarship Fund will be used to provide scholarships to students enrolled in the Knowlton School’s Master of City and Regional Planning degree program. Scholarship awards will be based on academic performance and financial need with preference given to candidates who plan to pursue careers in economic development in the United States after graduation.

Oct 2

Knowlton School City and Regional Planning Lecturer Chad Gibson’s Autumn 2014 “Columbus Rail Studio” has received an American Planning Association Ohio Chapter Award for Planning Students.

Oct 2

Knowlton School Associate Professor of Practice in City and Regional Planning and Designing Local Senior Principal Kyle Ezell accepted the American Planning Association's Ohio Chapter's 2015 Focused Project Award for The Essence of Athens: A Strategic Design Plan for Economic Enhancement and Community Competitiveness. APA Michigan served as the jury for the Ohio awards.

Sep 25

Architect, author and educator Neil Denari is the Knowlton School’s Autumn 2015 Herbert Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professor. Denari joins a long list of prominent practitioners and scholars as Baumer Professors since the program’s inception in 1996, including Stan Allen, Zaha Hadid, Steven Holl, Eric Owen Moss, Greg Lynn, Sylvia Lavin and last year’s Baumer Professors Preston Scott Cohen and Benjamin Bratton. During the course of their time at Knowlton, Baumer Professors lead a graduate design seminar and present a public lecture as part of the School’s Baumer Lecture Series.

Sep 24

The AIA Ohio Valley Region, including AIA Indiana, AIA Kentucky and AIA Ohio, along with host chapter AIA Columbus, is pleased to announce that this year's Ohio Valley Region Convention will be held in Columbus, Ohio, at the new Downtown Hilton Hotel. The conference, planned for October 11-13, will bring together more than 350 architects and allied professionals from around the region for three days of programs and activities.

Sep 1

Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning Kareem Usher has had a commentary published in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Security, and Community Development. The JAFSCD is an online international, peer-reviewed publication focused on the practice and applied research interests of agriculture and food systems development professionals and scholars. Usher’s commentary, “Valuing All Knowledges Through an Expanded Definition of Access” appears in Volume 5, Issue 4 of the journal and addresses the issue of limited access to supermarkets and healthy food in core urban areas.