Knowlton Hall Lauded at Ten Year Anniversary Celebration

On October 16, school leadership and alumni and friends of the Knowlton School gathered in the Knowlton Hall Center Space to celebrate the building’s ten year anniversary.  Attendees included:

  • Knowlton Director Michael Cadwell, Architecture Section Head Robert Livesey, who was director when Knowlton Hall was designed and built, Landscape Architecture Section Head Dorothée Imbert and City and Regional Planning Section Head Rachel Kleit
  • Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam from Atlanta-based Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, which designed Knowlton Hall, and Robert Wandell of Columbus-based WSA Studio (then Wandel & Schnell), which collaborated on the design and was the project’s on-site architecture firm
  • Matt Urbanski of Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates, which was the landscape architecture firm for the project
  • John Lindberg of the Knowlton Foundation, who gave a presentation about “Dutch” Knowlton
  • Donors who have provided named classrooms, offices and public spaces in Knowlton Hall
  • Members of the school’s Campaign Committee


Knowlton Hall has been recognized by national publications, such as Architecture, Competitions, Praxis, and Architectural Record, and won numerous awards:

  • American Institute of Architects, National;  Architecture Honor Award, 2010
  • American Institute of Architects/American Library Association;  Award of Excellence, 2005
  • American Institute of Architects, Georgia;  Honor Award, 2006
  • American Institute of Architects, Ohio;  Honor Award, 2005
  • American Institute of Architects, Columbus;  Honor Award, 2009
  • American Council of Engineering Companies;  National Recognition Award, 2005
  • American Council of Engineering Companies, Ohio;  Grand Award, 2005
  • International Masonry Institute, Ohio;  Golden Trowel Award,  2005
  • Post Tensioning Institute;  Award of Excellence,  2004
  • Columbus Landmarks Association;  James B. Recchie Design Award, Finalist, 2007

In 2011, Dwell magazine highlighted Knowlton Hall in a 25 photo spread entitled “Ahead of Its Class.” The 2010 American Institute of Architects Honor Award is the profession's highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design. As one AIA Juror commented:

What architect would not have liked to have gone to school here? This project embodies everything I would want in an architecture building. It is full of unique spaces, an open flexible hall that beckons people to participate, and seems to have surprises around every corner. "Our buildings shape us," as Churchill said, and to have future generations of architects learn and grow as designers within an inspiring building such as this... is exhilarating.”