Professor Michael B. Cadwell Named KSA Director

The Knowlton School of Architecture is pleased to announce that Dean David Williams has appointed Professor Michael Cadwell as Director.   In speaking to the faculty, Professor Cadwell emphasized KSA’s contribution to The Ohio State University’s land grant mission.

“Design and planning at Knowlton offer new worlds, they do not decorate existing worlds.  For our undergraduate students, design and planning are the catalysts that shift a liberal arts education from one of passive reception to active engagement.  Our undergraduate students act upon what they know.  For our graduate students, design and planning are critical interfaces between technique and theory whereby they acquire the technical expertise to address real world situations and the conceptual breadth to provide alternatives to outmoded conventions.”

Professor Cadwell has taught at the KSA since 1989, and served as Architecture Section Head on two occasions before being named Interim Director in July 2011.   Professor Cadwell’s exploration of the built environment as a transformative cultural act extends across domains:

  • sculpture with small wood buildings that have been published extensively and collected as Pamphlet Architecture 17 (Princeton Architectural Press);
  • writing with the book Strange Details (MIT Press), journal essays, and lectures in the US and abroad; and
  • architectural practice with residential commissions in partnership with Professor Jane Murphy.


Professor Cadwell’s work has received awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the New York Architectural League, and the American Institute of Architects (with Murphy). He has been a fellow at the Woodstock Arts Colony, the McDowell Arts Colony, and the American Academy in Rome.  Most recently, Professor Cadwell was the George Simpson Visiting Critic at the Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture.

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