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Beth Blostein, RA

  • Professor, Graduate Studies Chair, Architecture Section
275 Knowlton Hall

Beth Blostein is a professor Architecture Section at the Knowlton School . She has a Master of Design Studies from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a Master of Art in Industrial Design from Ohio State’s Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the School of Architecture.  From 2011-2013, she was head of the school’s architecture section and previously served as Architecture Undergraduate Program Chair.

Blostein and Bart Overly established Blostein/Overly Architects in 2004.  Their work looks for idiosyncrasies in program, politics, site, and banal necessity that can be used to formulate unexpected narratives for projects. These new narratives provide a structure for generating or exploring new typologies.  As part of this academic practice, Blostein has an extensive body of recognized competition work: some winning entries include design submissions to New Housing New York, Boston’s Center for the Arts, and Kansas City’s Ferrous Park. Their losing entries are more voluminous, but some of their favorite work; each competition has been strategically harvested for attributes, constraints, or economies. 

In her partnership, Blostein has lectured or exhibited work at The Center for Architecture in New York, The Boston Center for the Arts, The Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, The Cleveland Institute of Art, Museum of Design Atlanta, and The National Building Museum. Their work has been featured in International Design Competitions Volumes 5 and 6, Architectural Record, Competitions Magazine, Metropolis, d’Architecture, and ArtNews.

Recent Work

Ebenezer United Methodist Church

Ebenezer United Methodist Church is religious and community campus for an immigrant congregation, primarily from Western Africa, who want worship and other spaces that match the dynamics of their culture. The concept of the design was to gather the various program components under an architectural “kente cloth,” a colorful Ghanaian woven fabric worn for celebrations and ceremony. This “cloth” is interpreted in two ways: 1) as an variegated (and economical) skin which merges the roof with the north and south walls protecting the sacred objects of chapel, sanctuary, and community room, and 2) as a pleated concrete panel rainscreen on the west making the main entry and suggesting the presence of the protected “bodies” within.