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Fabricate: AIAS Midwest Quad

Fabricate: AIAS Midwest Quad

UK/CoD student organization AIAS hosted the annual midwest quad in Pence Hall April 10-12. Each year, regional conferences take place annually in the Fall and Spring in the Midwest, Northeast, South, and West Quads. These gatherings, known as Quad Conferences, are hosted by local chapters who have been selected to organize the event by their Quad. Themes vary based on the city, local culture, and architectural topic of choice. Intensive day-long workshops of small studios allowed participants to create a collaborative projects… Continue »


Students learn in professional firms over spring break

Students learn in professional firms over spring break

Architecture and Interiors students from the UK College of Design spent their spring breaks working alongside professionals in design firms across the country.   Students had the opportunity to learn from seasoned designers on a variety of real world projects, expand their technical skill sets, and network with industry professionals.   Students blogged about their experiences. Below are excerpts about their assignments, the workplace atmosphere, and the lessons they learned.   I have been given the task to stitch together… Continue »


Second Annual Celebrating Excellence Awards

Second Annual Celebrating Excellence Awards

by Whitney Hale, UKNow   Eleven faculty, staff and alumni and one local architecture and interior design firm have taken honors at the University of Kentucky College of Design Celebrating Excellence Awards Dinner held March 26, at the Hilary J. Boone Center.   Two Distinguished Alumni Awards for Professional Achievement were presented to Wayne Braun and Lonn Combs. Braun is the design director of creative design firm PDR. Combs is cofounder of EASTON+COMBS. Recipients of this award have attained prominence… Continue »


Studio Feature – Cut and Fill

Studio Feature – Cut and Fill

Fourth-year and graduate students in Professor Gary Rohrbacher’s architecture studio addressed the remediation of the contaminated groundwater at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, Kentucky.   In this studio, the students investigated and proposed “remediating landscapes.” Previous design studios considering the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant have studied how important hydro-dynamics are to the movement, containment and understanding of contaminants present at the site. Initial models of subsurface structures beneath the plant created in the summer of 2010 were an… Continue »


Studio Feature - Healthcare Design

Studio Feature - Healthcare Design

Fourth year students in the School of Interiors are participating in Professor Lindsey Fay’s Healthcare Design studio, in which students examine the concepts of inclusiveness and participation in the research process in order to better understand the practice of evidence-based design.    "The opportunity to study the UK Chandler Medical Center has become central to my research and has resulted in this annual healthcare design studio,” said Professor Fay. “This fall, students worked with me to conduct research in a… Continue »


Student Profile - Hannah Sellers

Student Profile - Hannah Sellers

Why did you choose to attend UK/CoD?   The opportunities that are available are what initially attracted me to the program, but when I arrived on campus, the culture helped solidify my decision to join the UK/CoD. The close knit friendships I’ve developed, the one-on-one desk critiques with professors and outside faculty, and the final reviews that included outside practicing professionals have all collectively shaped that culture.    Describe your favorite studio project.   Each design studio has provided me… Continue »


UK/CoD students complete first-ever UK101 & 201 courses

UK/CoD students complete first-ever UK101 & 201 courses

Current freshmen and transfer students have successfully completed the new UK101 and UK201 courses.   UK101 and UK201 are Academic Orientation sessions to help new students transition to University life. Fall 2014, the College of Design offered, for the first time, UK 101 for freshmen and UK 201 for transfer students. The sessions were restricted to Design students to assist their transition not only to University life but also to life as design students.   In addition to the mandatory… Continue »


Student Profile - Hans Koesters

Student Profile - Hans Koesters

This is the fourth part of a weekly series of interviews with students in the College of Design.   Why did you choose UK/CoD? After studying architecture at both Ball State University and the University of Cincinnati for two years each, UK/CoD offered a combination of three things that convinced me to come here for my graduate studies: faculty experience at high levels in the profession; intensely personal faculty engagement; and an unparalleled value. As a senior, I visited my… Continue »


HP students participate in dry stone construction workshop

HP students participate in dry stone construction workshop

Graduate students from the Department of Historic Preservation traveled to Pine Mountain, KY to participate in a dry stone construction class. Students worked under the direction of Richard Tuffnell of the Dry Stone Conservancy to cut and place stones in a stable and aesthetically pleasing manner to ultimately construct a dry stone masonry retaining wall for the Pine Mountain Settlement School.    The dry stone construction trip is a yearly tradition for Historic Preservation students. It serves to foster an… Continue »


Studio Feature - Transdisciplinary Research Center

Studio Feature - Transdisciplinary Research Center

Assistant Professor of Architecture Anne Filson’s and her third year students explored concepts for the Center of Transdisciplinary Research at the University of Kentucky.   “Transdisciplinary design involves the integration of diverse fields of expertise, and the methods for translating this integrated knowledge into problem-solving,” said Professor Filson. “Our studio is exploring how architecture strengthens research collaboration between diverse scholars and public stakeholders.”   This design topic was borne out of UK president Eli Capilouto’s recent gift of $250,000 to… Continue »


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