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  • Exit Reviews and the Final MArch Semester

    Welcome back everyone. Here at Knowlton the culmination of Master of Architecture program is the Exit Review, seems intimidating right? Well yes, but also incredibly useful. Materially the Exit Review is a 30-45 minute public presentation about a topic of our choosing. What makes the process unique and also incredibly useful is its focus as a Launchpad vs an ending; ‘starting review’ might perhaps be more appropriate. And yes it is unique, Harry Cobb said so himself this week during the five finalist presentations. To quote from Stephen Turk, the Graduate Studies Chair and Exit Review Coordinator…

    “Whereas the majority of Architecture programs have some version of a design thesis as the culminating event of their MArch sequence, the KSA has the Exit Review system. Compared to a design thesis, which typically centers on a student’s ability to synthesize their acquired design and technical abilities into a ‘comprehensive’ design solution, the Exit Review is a public presentation of a scholarly paper given during the last semester of a student’s time in the program. The process of the exit review diverges from the conventions of thesis in that each student is asked to pause from studio design production in order to both situate their work and more importantly their architectural ideas within the context of the larger flows of cultural history. They are asked to critically examine their own design agenda and to position it relative to larger disciplinary transformations occurring due to the evolving position of the Architect in society. The institutional goal is thus to have each student directly engage the problem of the status of the Architect within contemporary society and to position themselves within the evolving landscape of the discipline…The best of these talks suggest a self-reflective awareness of the external forces affecting Architecture, thus allowing the student to entertain the possibility of becoming an active agent in the evolution of what it means to be an architect today.” –Stephen Turk

    Above: Calendar of exit talks

    The talks took/take place over three days, with finalist presentations the following week. Immediately following each talk the students meet with their jury for an oral examination. The topics range over a variety of topics and issues depending on interests. This year to name but a few we looked at the relationship of architecture and Broadway, Voids as a form of memory, vernacular architecture as strategies for design, interiority (aptly named “Interiority Complex”), and participatory architecture/architects ownership over a design. Being one of the students partaking it has been more than another academic exercise; on a broad level it has helped me to realize, to quote Herman Hertzberger, “Why Architecture?”, a question that every student (and probably professionals) will ask themselves multiple times with varying certainty.

    Above: Finalist presentations

    “The talks are more about the establishment of beginnings rather than simply an examination of things being left behind. The Exit Review is really not about exiting at all but rather about entering; entering the profession and entering the greater community of cultural practitioners.”-Stephen Turk

    Above: Talk in-progress

    That would’ve made for a great conclusion, but there’s another bit to touch on, the bigger picture of the talks. The talks began concurrently with a competition project of our choosing, which was an opportunity for us to start investigating our interests, whether running by intuition or a concrete formulation. We finished that project and then focused our on our talks. Immediately following the talks we then completed a week-long (or slightly less) sketch-project you could say. The premise, to both further investigate and physically manifest our idea(s) that we are working through. Photos of some of the projects below.

    Above: Competition boards

    Above: Exit projects

    Happy Friday!


  • 'Bigger Darby' Exhibition

     Abstract:Bigger Darby is a land use proposal for the 84 square mile territory governed by Big Darby Accord in Central Ohio. The Big Darby Accord, adopted in the mid-2000s, unites public and private interests to improve watershed protection and provides a framework for future development...


  • Lecture - Michel Desvigne

    CreditWelcome back everyone. On Wednesday, March 26th Landscape Architect Michel Desvigne gave a lecture titled Intermediate Natures. The lecture wrapped up a series of previous visits in association with his role as this year’s Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professor. The Glimcher...


  • Et in Suburbia Ego: José Oubrerie's Miller House

    José Oubrerie's Miller House stands as the architect's most notable work in the United States. On Wednesday, March 19, the Knowlton School hosted a panel discussion about Et in Suburbia Ego: José Oubrerie's Miller House. Kristy Balliet, Assistant Professor of Architecture, introduced the panel...


  • Lecture - Herman Hertzberger

    CreditWelcome back everyone. I apologize about the delay, but more importantly let us get right to it; our lecture courtesy of Herman Hertzberger. His goal with lecture was seemingly simple, “Why Architecture?”, “Why am I doing all this?”. He admitted that sometimes he doesn’t know...


  • Lecture - June Manning Thomas

    CreditWelcome back everyone. On Wednesday June Manning Thomas came down from “the state up North”, the University of Michigan (we have actually have strong ties there through the Possible Mediums conference among other things). June has researched and written extensively on planning history...


  • Choreographed Behaviours Workshop

    Photo Credit: Phil ArnoldThis previous weekend, Ivan Bernal of Xefirotarch, with the assistance of Justin Diles, an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Knowlton School of Architecture, led a workshop that culminated in a final presentation on Monday the 24th. The intent of the workshop was...


  • Lecture - Neil Denari

    CreditWelcome back everyone. This past Wednesday Neal Denari, the architect and UCLA professor, came to give his lecture titled “Reality Distortion Field”. The lecture was overall addressing ideas of real vs. not and distorting this perception. This took a few different tracks. One was...


  • One:Twelve Issue 007 Release

    One:Twelve, The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture (KSA) student journal, released Issue 007 last Wednesday (February 5th). Issue 007 is unique, being the first Issue to have a topic: “Black and White”. The content varies from an interview with Professor...


  • Glimcher Session with Michel Desvigne

    Earlier this month Knowlton was visited by Michel Desvigne, a noted landscape architect and the 2014 Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Knowlton School of Architecture. He is known for his attention to detail and small scale development amongst large scale...


  • Lecture - Ann Hamilton

    CreditWelcome back everyone. We had an excellent lecture this past week with our own Ann Hamilton; a full house. Ann is an artist known for her immersive environments and large interventions, the focus of our evening talk. “Proactive, prolific, and influential”, Ann’s studio is...


  • KSA Fashion Schau

    Knowlton was transformed last friday (1/24) for the 3rd annual KSA Fashion Schau hosted by Servitecture. Fourteen designers competed for the coveted 36-inch golden T-square. (And the smaller silver and bronze T-squares, who could forget about those?) The theme of the event was silhouette, and, in...


  • Baumer Session with Hernan Diaz Alonso

    Hernan Diaz Alonso is an exuberant, lively guy and the three days of conversations about his passions and obsessions were as charged as his personality.  Before his visit, I was not really sure what to expect. Horrific, fleshy, plump, decaying – all adjectives I would use for...


  • Lecture - Hernan Diaz Alonso

    CreditThis week we were fortunate to have Hernan Diaz Alonso with us for both a public lecture and an extended period in our Baumer sessions. Hernan is the Graduate Programs Chair at SCI-Arc and founder Xefirotarch, a speculative practice based in L.A. The title of his lecture “Form and...


  • Winter Lecture Series - Doubling

    Welcome back everyone. I hope you enjoyed the holidays. Starting up this next Wednesday, January 15th is our Winter lecture series titled "Doubling". We are starting off with Hernan Diaz Alonzo, founder of Xefirotarch and the Graduate Programs Chair at Sci-Arc. He will also be working with our...


  • Lecture - Sebastian Schmaling

    Credit Welcome back everyone and Happy Holidays.  Playing catch-up on my part, on November 13th we were fortunate to have Sebastian Schmaling of Johnsen Schmaling Architects give a lecture in conjunction with this years AIA design awards, a cooperative event that takes place in Knowlton...


  • Lecture - Mark Lee

    Credit Welcome back everyone. On Oct 30th we were joined by Mark Lee. USC and GSD graduate, Mark is the principle and founder of Johnston Marklee, an architecture practice operating out of Los Angeles. With a staff of designers coming from academic and professional backgrounds their practice has...


  • Situating Food - Symposium and Exhibition

    Welcome back everyone. About a month ago we here at Knowlton were fortunate to hold a symposium titled Situating Foods. The focus of this symposium was on understanding relationships of food and design. Particularly, the conference seemed to focus much on urban land-use practices in association...


  • Why We Love Architecture School

    Architecture school gets a bad rep, deservedly so, but there are some great parts too. We have a little bit of fun and have a really great community. Credits to Lindsay Mitchell who credits Chad Barrington of Cannon Design for this wonderful idea. Needless to say we looked forward to every Friday...


  • Lecture - Sylvia Lavin

    Credit Welcome back everyone. Not too long ago we were fortunate to have Sylvia Lavin, Director of Critical Studies in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA and a leading theorist, give a lecture and also spend time working with the third year March students as this years Baumer...


  • Lecture - Laura Kurgan

    Source Welcome back everyone. On the 9th we were joined by Laura Kurgan, an Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia University and director of the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia. The lab began in 2004 to address a lack of GIS use in the school and since has worked on an array...


  • Lecture - Doug Graf

    Credit Welcome back everyone. I’m sorry this has been along time coming, but we’ve been up to some other great projects that are coming down the pipeline. We were lucky enough to have our own Doug Graf, Professor of Architecture and historian extraordinaire, give a lecture on the...


  • Lecture - Steven Holl

    Credit Welcome back everyone, or should I be welcoming myself back after a short absence. A lot of exciting things have been happening here at Knowlton and there are more to come down the pipeline. One of the big events was our yearly Glimcher lecture, co-sponsered by the Knowlton School and the...


  • Weekend Architecture

    What a way to start a weekend! A workshop led by Peter Trummer with Kristy Balliet. We began on a Saturday morning, and learned about aggregation of the city - or how to make a lovely pile. We looked at cities and at buildings in relationship to cities.  We used the Sears Tower as an...


  • Lecture - Peter Trummer

    Credit Welcome back. This Wednesday we were fortunate to have Peter Trummer, Head of the Institute for Urban Design & Spatial Planning at the University of Innsbruck, as our speaker and workshop leader over the previous 5 days (we will have a recap posted in the near future). Kristy Balliet...


  • G3 Review – Guest House

    Need I say this year has begun with a bang. For those of us that came from OSU undergrad, school shouldn’t be starting for another week and a half (the semester switch moved the start date from late September to August last year). But, more importantly is the 2 ½ week project we just...


  • Lecture - Tridib Banjeer

    Image Credit Welcome back everyone. This Wednesday we had speaker Tridib Banjeer join us from USC. Tridib is a Dr of Urban and Regional Planning at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. His research over the years has included the relationship of the...


  • Lecture - Ken Smith

    Source Welcome everyone. It is a shame you all couldn’t make it to the lecture on Wednesday. After hearing Kens presentation I certainly have a newfound respect and understanding for his work. To start us off Kristy Balliet, assistant professor and organizer for this lecture series, shined...


  • Fall Lecture Series - Loose Fit

    Welcome back to the new school year everyone. Returning this year with a vengeance is our fall lecture series titled "Loose Fit". We should have some amazing speakers this semester, see for yourself. Starting us off is Ken Smith, an award winning Landscape Architect out of New York. Hats off to...


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