News from the School

Mar 7

Outpost Office, Assistant Professors of Architecture Ashley Bigham’s and Erik Herrmann’s design practice, is featured in the Next Progressives series in Architect Magazine (March 2019). Outpost Office is a design practice which seeks new public audiences through experimental creative production ranging from the serious to the absurd, often simultaneously.

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.

Mar 1

A student team representing all three academic sections within the Knowlton School was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2019 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Hines Competition for its “EXPO Cincy” proposal. In its 17th year, the ULI Competition challenges graduate students to devise a comprehensive design and development scheme for an actual site in an urban area. Unique to the competition is that the five-member teams must have student representation from at least three different disciplines pursuing at least three different degree programs.

Feb 28

Six Knowlton School students are this year’s recipients of Architecture Research and Travel Awards (ARTA), which supports independent research during summer 2019. This year’s awardees are: • Sarah Coleman (MLA), Building the Beaten Track: Heritage Landscapes at Risk in the Caucasus • Rosalie Starenko (MLA), Gothenburg, Sweden: Documenting a Dichotomy of Social and Environmental Sustainability • David Jefferies (BSCRP), Puerto Rico: An analysis of the Nuevo Normal • Ryan Vogel (MSCRP), Urban Planning Lessons from the Past • Lilly Saniel-Banrey (BSARCH), The Playful City: Rotterdam, Netherlands as a Model for Child-centric Urban Innovation • Brett Wedding (BSARCH), Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, and Denmark: Architecture from New Perspectives

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.
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.

Feb 15

Excellence in teaching is a facet of an Ohio State education that is recognized and celebrated at the highest levels of the university’s administration. Students in CRPLAN 3600 were creating plans that articulated the land development process when they were unexpectedly visited by Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce McPheron, Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs Kay Wolf, Chief Communications Officer for Advancement Dan Caterinicchia, College of Engineering Senior Associate Dean John Horack, Knowlton School Director Mike Cadwell and Interim City and Regional Planning Section Head Maria Conroy. The occasion of the visit was to present the course instructor, Professor of Practice in City and Regional Planning Kyle Ezell, with the Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Feb 14

When Emily Phillis was appointed Professional Development Chair of the City and Regional Planning Student Association (CRPSA) last year, her primary responsibility was to plan events to help prepare students for entering the workforce. Fast-forward to “Strong Women. Strong Places,” an event held this February at the Ohio Union that celebrated the strengths and diverse perspectives women bring to the planning field. “I envisioned using the opportunity to connect women planners and students in a safe, welcoming environment where mentorship, leadership and collaboration could take place,” commented Phillis, a graduate student in city and regional planning at the Knowlton School.

Jan 15

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture Katherine Jenkins and Landscape Architecture Lecturer Parker Sutton have been awarded a joint MacDowell Colony Residency during the spring of 2019. The MacDowell Colony is a leading contemporary arts organization located in Peterborough, New Hampshire that brings multidisciplinary artists together to exchange ideas and pursue creative work. Since 1907, the MacDowell Colony has provided essential support for emerging and established artists in the disciplines of architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. About 300 artists, selected by a panel comprised of a revolving group of distinguished professionals in each artistic discipline, are awarded fellowships each year and the sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, according to the MacDowell Colony mission statement.

Jan 9

While advanced digital imagery and navigation technologies allow landscape architects to analyze and design for a site, it is also possible that these interfaces—deeply embedded in current design practice—can potentially isolate one from the physical landscape. The premise of this year’s Glimcher Seminar was to have landscape architecture students experience immediate and visceral contact with a site, and discover how walking the terrain has value in the design process. “This seminar employs walking as an analytical and generative tool—a way of revealing existing site conditions and responding to them,” stated Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture Katherine Jenkins, who led the seminar of graduate and undergraduate students.