George Kontogiannis
Jeff Morosky
Mark Schendel

Kontogiannis, Morosky and Schendel Honored by College of Engineering

Three Knowlton School alumni were among 16 alumni and friends of the College of Engineering recognized at the 18th Annual Excellence in Engineering & Architecture Awards in October. Each year, this event honors individuals for their extraordinary personal achievements, remarkable contributions to their professional fields, or their outstanding service to the college. This year’s honorees from the Knowlton School and the awards they received are:

George Kontogiannis

George Kontogiannis was awarded the Meritorious Service Citation. He founded George Kontogiannis and Associates in 1966. The firm has designed and developed more than 350 projects since its inception, but the profound contributions George has made in Central Ohio go far beyond his successes as a practicing architect and entrepreneur. In Columbus, George is a member of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, is a founding and Board member of the Downtown South Task Force and is a lifetime member of both the North Columbus Jaycees and the United States Jaycees. Ohio Cancer Research associates recognized George in 2006 as their guest of honor for his extraordinary contributions toward finding a cure for that disease.

George has been a supporter of the Knowlton School for many years, and is a deeply committed mentor to many Knowlton students and alumni. He established a program to match donations to the Knowlton School’s Office Associateship Program (OAP), which provides financial support to deserving graduate student and links students to professionals in the field. George’s support for the OAP has been instrumental in the helping the program more than double in size in recent years. Currently, he serves on the school’s Campaign Committee.

Jeff Morosky and Mark Schendel were honored with Distinguished Alumni Awards for outstanding professional achievement.

Jeffrey Morosky (BSLA ’81) has more than 30 years of experience as a landscape architect for large-scale international and domestic commercial projects. For the past 18 years, Jeff has been Director of Landscape Architecture at Walt Disney Imagineering. Representing more than 150 disciplines, Walt Disney Imagineering is responsible for the creation of Disney resorts, theme parks and attractions, hotels, water parks, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, cruise ships and new media technology projects. Jeff’s recent projects include the landscape design and development for Downtown Disney, Anaheim, CA; Hong Kong Disneyland Governments Works, Promenade and Hotels; Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Walt Disney World; and Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa, Oahu, HI.

His stellar career exemplifies the manner in which the landscape architecture program at the Knowlton School produces alumni, such as Jeff, who achieve successes in a profession that requires them to be experts within their own discipline, and organizational leaders in an evolving, global environment.

Mark Schendel (MARCH ’87) is the Managing Principal of Studio Gang Architects, where he has designed and influenced innovative built environments around the world. A small sampling of his work includes: the Aqua Tower, Chicago; Harbor Knot Maritime Cultural & Pop Music Center, Taiwan; Brooklyn College Graduate School of Cinema, New York; and Hyde Park Master Plan, Chicago. The firm’s work has been extensively published and won over 40 national design awards. Further, the firm as been recognized by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum with the National Design Award for Architectural Design and as an Emerging Vision by the American Institute of Architects. His list of work, including master planning buildings and landscapes, places Mark at the top of his field.

Mark has taught and lectured around the world. Since 1996, he has been a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology.


All photographs courtesy of the College of Engineering. More photographs of the event are available on their Flickr page.