15, 2001 (Louisville, Ky.) --
University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. today
accepted a $500,000 donation from Louisville-based
Brown-Forman Corp. to establish a visiting endowed
chair in architecture at the UK-University of Louisville
Urban Design Studio (UDS).
"Our great universities have united many times to
provide students with the best possible learning resources,"
Todd said. "I'm confident this partnership will continue
to serve the best interests of the Commonwealth."
Joining Todd in accepting the donation were Louisville
Mayor David Armstrong, UK College of Architecture
Dean David Mohney and U of L Provost Carol Garrison.
announcing the donation, Owsley Brown II, chairman
and CEO of Brown Forman, said, "This unprecedented
partnership between UK and U of L will help address
the architectural and planning challenges facing Kentucky's
largest urban area. We are pleased that our grant
will bring some of the world's leading architects,
designers, and urban planners to work in Louisville."
markets premium spirits, wine, Lenox china, Hartmann
luggage, and other nationally recognized brands.
anticipates that the state will match the $500,000
contribution through its Research Challenge Trust
UDS is a cooperative venture of the UK College of
Architecture, the U of L Department of Urban and Public
Affairs and the City of Louisville. Located in the
heart of downtown Louisville at 307 S. Third St.,
the UDS investigates design issues in the Louisville
metropolitan area and develops solutions for them.
The UDS opened in April 2000. Its students and staff
work on projects such as e-Main, which seeks to revitalize
the East Main Street area in downtown Louisville,
and the Bardstown Road Parking Survey. The studio
collected data and compiled information regarding
the use and nature of parking conditions on Bardstown
Road. Using this information, the UDS proposed solutions
to the parking problems.
addition to Louisville projects, the UDS, in conjunction
with the UK Downtown Design Center in Lexington, works
on the Kentucky Mayor's Design Institute, which is
a project that allows the mayors of Kentucky's cities
to come together and present design ideas and challenges
and potential solutions.
activities at the UDS occur in an environment open
to the public. Because of its location in downtown
Louisville, the UDS allows students to actively participate
in the community.
projects under way at the studio include:
· Design charrettes and background preparation for
selected projects in Louisville, North Old Louisville
and South Broadway, the Russell neighborhood and Portland
Development study drawings for the Cornerstone 2020
Downtown convention hotel planning.
· Broadway corridor development studies.
· Brownfield site analysis and redevelopment projects.
Downtown Louisville Plan components.