News from the School

Feb 9

As part of the Knowlton School’s commitment to bringing high level and current research to its PhD students and the faculty, the PhD Lecture Series invites prominent researchers in city and regional planning and related fields to present their work. These lectures offer diverse research methods alongside theoretical and applied understandings of the contemporary research of concern to city and regional planning scholars.

Feb 6

Baumer Lecture Series speaker Tom Wiscombe and 2014-15 LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow David Eskenazi were co-instructors of the workshop “Involuted Figures and Black Holes” hosted at the Knowlton School, February 4-7. The workshop focussed on the problem of near-figuration, which is a form of resolution of the polarizing discourse of form versus shape of the last ten years. Near figuration is defined as the appearance of distinct, legible objects from illegible or fluid conditions, resulting in a sense of mystery in relation to the extents, interiority, and origin of the thing.

Feb 3

The Possible Mediums Project, which began with a regional workshop hosted at the Knowlton School in February 2013, has won an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Creative Achievement Award. ACSA Creative Achievement Awards recognizes “a specific creative achievement in teaching, design, scholarship, research, or service that advances architectural education.” Knowlton School Assistant Professor of Architecture Kristy Balliet is one of four co-chairs of the project, along with colleagues at partner institutions the University of Michigan, University of Illinois at Chicago and Syracuse University.

Jan 28

Jennifer Guthrie and Shannon Nichol will be the Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professors at the Knowlton School during the spring 2015 semester. Guthrie and Nichol are founding partners (with Kathryn Gustafson) of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN), a landscape architecture practice based in Seattle, Washington. GGN was the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Award. While at Knowlton, Guthrie and Nichol will teach in the Glimcher Seminar in the school’s Landscape Architecture Section and give a public presentation on March 25 as part of the Baumer Lecture Series.

Jan 27

City and Regional Planning alumnus Eric Snowden (MCRP ‘ 11) has been named Reynoldsburg, Ohio’s new planning administrator based on his previous experiences as an intern in the city’s development department, an experience made possible by the section’s MCRP Internship Program. In the program, MCRP students work with citizens and community groups, conduct analyses, write reports, create maps, prepare presentations and many other activities.

Jan 15

Benjamin Bratton is the Knowlton School’s Spring 2015 Herbert Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Jan 8

It would be impressive if Duck Yim, a fifth-year honors architecture major and Air Force Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (AFROTC) Cadet, had merely started a philanthropic organization while completing his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University. It would be downright incredible if while doing this, Yim also had the motivation to run multiple marathons and finish with a number one rank among his peers in the AFROTC program. It is awe-inspiring that Yim accomplished all of this and more, justly earning him admission to Euro NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) after graduation, the premier combat pilot training program in the world. ENJJPT accepts only 40 applicants from a pool of more than 600 internationally.

Jan 8

Congratulations to the 196 Knowlton School undergraduate students who made Dean’s List in Autumn 2014!

Jan 8

Three Knowlton School alumni were among 15 distinguished alumni recognized at the 17th Annual Excellence in Engineering & Architecture Alumni Awards in October. Each year the College of Engineering honors alumni of the college and the Knowlton School for extraordinary personal achievements, remarkable contributions to their professional fields, or for outstanding service to the college. This year’s honorees from the Knowlton School and the awards they received are: Horace Russell ‘Buss’ Ransom (BS ’61, architecture), who was honored with the Meritorious Service Citation, and Bill Gerhardt (BS ’78, landscape architecture) and David Biagi (MS ’87, architecture) who received Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Jan 8

Knowlton School alumnus Brian Sell (BSARCH ’87, MARCH ’09) has been announced as the winner of the Nelson Mandela Memorial Design Competition. Sell, a senior designer and architect with Columbus, Ohio-based Moody Nolan, was selected from among nearly 200 submitted designs by architects, artists and students from across the United States.

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