News from the School

Dec 10

Following reviews of the ten finalist, Candice Wu was announced as the winner of the 2018 Gui Competition, an annual event held within the senior Architecture Design Studio. This year’s competition prompt was to design the Aretha Franklin High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Lafayette Park, Detroit, Michigan—a project that looks to a future of Detroit based on its contributions to music, art and architecture.

Nov 29

Laura Solano (BSLA ‘83) will be the 2019 Trott Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Knowlton School during Spring Semester. Hosted by the school’s Landscape Architecture Section, Solano will lead several workshops that develop ideas about topography and discover principles that transcend scale, time and aesthetics. Students enrolled in the workshops will use topographic design principles (perception, spatial boundaries, views, physical comfort) and earthwork technologies (disturbance, stability, conveyance, collection) to make a landscape that is not only experientially powerful but also hardworking in its support of landscape systems and processes.

Nov 27

The 2018–19 Herbert Baumer Memorial Seminars will focus on the work of Farshid Moussavi, founder of Farshid Moussavi Architecture, and best-selling novelist Mark Z. Danielewski. Since 1998, the Knowlton School has hosted the Herbert Baumer Memorial Seminars, a series of interactions between Knowlton students and seminal practitioners in architecture and related disciplines. Based on a significant amount of research, students lead a series of discussions that encourages visiting practitioners to position their work within a broader disciplinary context and to reveal their motivations and techniques.

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.