News from the School

OfficeUS opening by Mike F. Zumpano
Jul 3

On June 4, OfficeUS, a global collaborative architectural practice founded by Eva Franch i Gilabert, Ana Miljački and Knowlton School Assistant Professor of Architecture Ashley Schafer, officially opened at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. The opening was structured as a three day program of talks centered around twenty-five issues identified by the exhibition’s founders that will be explored by the partners and OfficeUS outposts over the next six months.

Jul 2

On June 26, around 60 Knowlton School alumni gathered together for a reception at Howells & Hood on Michigan Avenue in Chicago during the AIA National Convention. Graduation years represented spanned almost 50 years, with the most recent being May 2013 and the “most experienced” being from the class of 1967.

Jul 2

Three students from the Knowlton School’s architecture and city and regional planning sections were among a fiver person team that won first place in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) inaugural Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition. The Ohio State University group was one of four finalist teams, beating out competing proposals by the runner-up New York University/Columbus University collaborative team, a separate New York University team and a team from the University of Michigan.

Jun 6

The Knowlton School’s landscape architecture section hosted two Trott Distinguished Visiting Professors during the 2013-14 academic year. Rob Holmes was the Trott Professor during the Autumn 2013 semester, while Gina Crandell was in residence at Knowlton as the Spring 2014 Trott Professor.

Jun 4

Knowlton faculty Beth Blostein, Associate Professor of Architecture, and Kimberly Burton, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning, have been awarded Ohio State University 2014 Engagement Impact Grants. Blostein’s proposal, “Bold Booths: A New Strategy to Engage Columbus and its Infrastructures,” was awarded an Impact Grant of $60,000, while Burton’s proposal, developed with CRP Professor and Associate Dean Jennifer Evans-Cowley, “Ghana Sustainable Change Program,” was awarded a $45,000 grant.

Jun 2

Ohio State University’s membership in the international university research consortium Universitas 21 will allow five Knowlton City and Regional Planning students to traveling to Sydney, Australia in July to participate in Summer School at the University of New South Wales. Universitas 21 (U21) is a “leading global network of research-intensive universities, working together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research-inspired teaching and learning, student mobility, connecting our students and staff, and wider advocacy for internationalization.”

Jun 2

On May 4, The Knowlton School celebrated the culmination of the 2013-14 academic year with its annual Commencement Brunch. Several hundred Knowlton graduates and their families gathered in the Knowlton Center Space to enjoy a meal together, take photos with friends and family and listen to representatives from each section speaking about their experiences as students at Knowlton before heading across the street to Ohio Stadium for Spring Commencement.

May 16

Knowlton Associate Professor of Architecture Ashley Schafer, co-curator of OfficeUS, the US Pavilion project at this year’s Venice Architectural Biennale, has been interviewed by Architzer, “the largest platform for architecture and design online hosting projects uploaded by the designers themselves.” Architizer will offer a series of interviews with Schafer, co-curators Ana Miljački (M.I.T.) and Eva Franch i Gilabert (Storefront) and other members of the OfficeUS design team as part of the build-up to the exhibition’s opening on June 7.

Apr 21

Issue 007 of Knowlton student publication One:Twelve has been highlighted in in Archinect, the online forum, created in 1997, that has become one of the most popular websites for “progressive-design oriented students, architects, educators, and fans.” The article, written by Archinect’s Editorial manager Amelia Taylor-Hochberg, is part of the website’s Screen/Print series, “an experiment in translation across media, featuring a close-up digital look at printed architectural writing. Divorcing content from the physical page, the series lends a new perspective to nuanced architectural thought.”

Apr 21

A team from Ohio State is one of four student-led teams from across the country that have been selected as finalists by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of a competition to encourage research and innovation in affordable housing design and planning. Among these finalists, one team of graduate students will be chosen for the best solution for redevelopment of the Revolutionary War-era DeBaun House in Bergen County, New Jersey into new permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans.