Outreach and Engagement

Engaging the world… through models of education that stress the value of experiential learning; in the many public events and extracurricular activities hosted in Knowlton Hall each year; and in the school’s many projects and initiatives that take our students and faculty beyond the boundaries of campus to sites here in central Ohio, around the nation, and across the globe; the Knowlton School’s commitment to engaging with real world challenges is integrated into everything we do.

In just the past few years, Knowlton students and faculty have traveled to destinations such as Ghana, Thailand, South Korea, rural Belize, China and Germany, partnering with host institutions, working collaboratively with students from those counties, creating projects – recreational, healthcare, education, environmental, developmental – that relate directly to sites in those host countries, and that fold back into specific coursework being taught here at the Knowlton School.

Our students and faculty have been engaged with on-going post-Katrina redevelopment work in Mississippi. A cross disciplinary team of students and faculty is partnering with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) to increase access to healthy food, community service, and jobs in Columbus’ Weinland Park neighborhood. Working with Clark County Community Habitat for Humanity, a Knowlton studio is designing energy efficient, budget-conscious single family homes with very modest budgets, with at least one project to be built in the Grand Avenue South neighborhood of Springfield, Ohio. SERVitecture is a student organization that encourages and promotes Knowlton student and faculty involvement in community service opportunities related to the fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City and Regional Planning.

And the school brings the world to our students here in Knowlton Hall through programs such as the Baumer Lecture Series, Banvard Gallery exhibits, and on-going programs that bring prestigious practitioners and educators to the school: the Baumer, Glimcher and Trott Visiting Professorships, and the LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellowship.