Three Knowlton School Alumni Honored By College

Three alumni of the Knowlton School of Architecture were honored on Friday as part of the College of Engineering's annual Buckeye Reunion Under the Stars program. Karen Eisenloffel (B.S. Arch '83) was given the Texnikoi Outstanding Alumni Award, while Susan Chin (B.S. Arch '76) and Keith Myers (B.S. Larch '78) were both given Distinguished Alumnus awards.

Karen Eisenloffel (B.S. Arch '83)

Karen Eisenloffel is professor of building structures and structural systems in the faculty of architecture, Civil Engineering and Urban Planning at the Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, Germany. Her main fields of work at the university are concentrated on building full scale, shell and membrane structures, and the design of bridges. She has been involved in restructuring the civil engineering program during the past few years.

About the Texnikoi Outstanding Alumni Award

Texnikoi is an organization of undergraduate students in the College of Engineering whose purpose is to recognize qualities of leadership, integrity, and personality as exemplified by active participation and leadership in extracurricular activities. Each year the active membership of Texnikoi selects one of the younger alumni of the College of Engineering as a recipient of the Texnikoi Outstanding Alumni Award. This award is based upon their achievements since graduation, evaluated in light of the objectives of Texnikoi.

Previous winners of the award from the KSA include Thomas Eyerman (1974 winner, B.S. Arch '63), James Bassett (1969 winner, B.S. Larch '52), and James Farst (1964 winner, B.S. Arch '51).

Susan Chin (B.S. Arch '76)

Susan Chin, FAIA, is an architect and assistant commissioner for Capital Projects at the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs. She administers 385 design and construction projects for 190 cultural organizations. Through her efforts in the past 17 years, the multi-million dollar city program has grown and now leverages more than $1.1 billion in private sector support to create award-winning arts and cultural facilities. She also supervises the Percent for Art and Community Arts Development programs.

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Keith A. Myers (B.S. Larch '78)

Keith A. Myers, ASLA, received a B.S. in landscape archtiecture in 1978. He is a registered landscape architect in the state of Ohio. As co-founder and principal of MSI, Myers is responsible for maintaining a high level of design consciousness that has characterized the firm. His dedication and restless pursuit of creative design and planning solutions is contagious to peers and clients alike.

About the Distinguished Alumnus Award

The Distinguished Alumni Awards were established by the faculty of the College of Engineering to recognize distinguished achievements on the part of alumni in the field of engineering or architecture by reason of significant inventions, important research or design, administrative leadership, or genius in production. Nominations are judged by the College Committee on Honorary Degrees and Honors on behalf of the college faculty.

Several dozen alumni of the KSA have received this award throughout its history. Recent recipients include William Riat (Arch '73) and Vincent Papsidero (CRP '82) in 2005, and Robert Micsak (Larch '77) and Paul Lantz (Arch '63) in 2004.