News from the School

Nov 20

Knowlton School alumnus Martin Fenlon (BSARCH ’97, MARCH ’99) has won a 2018 American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter (AIA|LA) Honor Award for his Fenlon House (2013 – 2015) project. The project brings new life to a dilapidated 1920’s bungalow, located just outside of downtown Los Angeles in the little-known neighborhood of Hermon. The new addition to the front of the house forms a unique alliance with the remodeled existing house. This new frontispiece appears to be intimately nested within the older existing house, while maintaining a stark differentiation. 


Nov 15

Conducted by Viola Ago and Galo Canizares, inaugural recipients of the Christos Yessios Visiting Assistant Professorship, the Interferences Workshop I articulated the complementary, yet independent, research of emerging digital fabrication tools to be conducted by the two new faculty. At the end of the four-day workshop, two groups of Knowlton School students presented their experiments with coding and digital software with separate displays of digital or fabricated 3D models. 

Oct 26

It began as a speculative design, a prototype system of pre-cast, perforated and self-buoyant concrete vessels to float a forest of trees in Lake Erie, Toledo, to reduce harmful algal blooms. Two years later that collaborative design project by Assistant Professor Jake Boswell and senior landscape architecture student Marty Koelsch has received a provisional utility patent, and is currently in review for a full utility patent from the U.S. Patent Office.

Oct 17

Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning Dr. Gulsah Akar has received an Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) research grant to review existing bicycle level of service and safety index tools and propose a model that can be customized for an Ohio specific application. The project sponsor is Ohio's Research Initiative for Locals (ORIL). ORIL is Ohio's new research program for Local Public, whose purpose is to provide research support for local agencies to address problems specific to the local roadway system. ODOT funding for the study is $94,319. The total project amount is $128,727, including the Ohio State cost-share in the form of tuition waivers for graduate student project assistance.

Oct 15

Two projects by Knowlton School students have won Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (OCASLA) 2018 Merit Awards. Graduate student Linghui Zhang won for her project, Boat City, and seniors Garrett Rubin and Jackie Chen received recognized for Towpath Terminal Metro Park Center. OCASLA Merit Awards recognize “meritorious professional achievement in projects exhibiting outstanding achievement in the profession of landscape architecture.” Jury criteria includes the quality of design and execution of the overall presentation graphics (plans, sections, 3-D renderings, etc); design context; environmental sensitivity and sustainability.

Oct 11

Review highlights of the 2017-18 academic year in the latest Knowlton School Year in Review publication.

Oct 9

A Landscape Inventory: Michel Desvigne Paysagiste, edited by Landscape Architecture Section Head Dorothée Imbert, is the latest addition to the Knowlton School’s Source Books in Landscape Architecture series. This volume hits “restart” in the series of publications launched over a decade ago through the generosity of Herb and DeeDee Glimcher and their Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professorship endowment. 

Oct 5

The Knowlton School's City and Regional Planning program features prominently in the October issue of Planning, the official magazine of the American Planning Association (APA). The cover story, “Theory and Practice,” explores the benefits of planning programs using practitioners as adjunct faculty to teach student “real-world” skills. The article looks at studios conducted by Migg Caulkins Urban Visiting Professor Chad Gibson, AICP (MCRP '97) as successfully grounding theory in practical engagement with local and regional municipalities.

Oct 3

The Knowlton School announces the publication of The LeFevre Fellowship: 2000-2017, a catalog of the inquiries and proposals that developed as part of the school-sponsored fellowship, along with additional work by each fellow. “Fellowship projects have covered history, theory, contemporary culture, media, technology, material assembly and advance techniques with respect to the design of the built environment,” commented Knowlton School Senior Lecturer Ben Wilke (MARCH '03, MAS ’11), editor of the Source Books in Architecture series. “All of the these topics have been addressed during a crucial period in which the discipline has seen the rapid development of digital processes and strategies, the consequences and potentials of which are part of the work of each fellow show here.”

Oct 3

The Knowlton School welcomes Jackilin Ha Bloom and Florencia Pita as visiting faculty in the G3 Architecture Design Studio, Easy Office, with studio instructor and 2018-19 Lefevre Fellow, Emily Mohr (BSARCH ’13). The studio will look closely and critically at Rachel Whiteread’s works as examples of ways to enact new readings of materialized constructs and engage with an underlining disciplinary discussion of the studio, to define “easy” work as that which is in fact difficult, complex, excessive, transitional and implied.