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2014 Design Discovery

2014 Design Discovery

For the fourth year in a row, high school students and incoming UK first years had the opportunity to explore design fundamentals in the UK/CoD Design Discovery Program. This weeklong program is designed to exposed prospective students to the type of learning environment they would encounter in a design education setting.   Participants took part in design and drawing exercises, model-making workshops led by UK/CoD faculty, and field trips to gain an understanding of what constitutes the studio experience of… Continue »


End of Year Show

End of Year Show

The University of Kentucky College of Design closed the 2013-2014 academic year with the annual End of Year Show at The Livery in Lexington   Architecture, Interiors, and Historic Preservation students displayed the products of the year's research for family and friends over graduation weekend. Continue »


Phase I of Pence Hall renovations complete

Phase I of Pence Hall renovations complete

The College of Design has recently completed the first phase of the renovation of Pence Hall.   A former studio space has been transformed into the Student Services suite, complete with an expanded space for record storage, as well as a lounge area where students can wait to meet with academic advisors.   Also completed is the new UK/CoD Student Recruitment Center. Prospective students can meet with the College recruitment director, faculty, and current students. The recruitment center also includes… Continue »


Celebrating Excellence Awards Dinner and Exhibition

Celebrating Excellence Awards Dinner and Exhibition

The UK College of Design recognized outstanding faculty, alumni, and friends of the College at the first Celebrating Excellence Awards Dinner and Exhibition.   The Distinguished Alumni Award honorees included:   William Peace, BA, 1980, School of Interiors Founder and principal of Peace Design, Atlanta and Missoula, William Peace is a design visionary and leading force in the interior design community. Peace is the recipient of numerous national and regional awards, including the National ASID Project award for residential interiors,… Continue »


School of Architecture explores sustainability with Bernheim Arboretum

School of Architecture explores sustainability with Bernheim Arboretum

by Whitney Hale   University of Kentucky Associate Professor of Architecture Bruce Swetnam set a task to his students: design and build a full-scale prototype of a portable living unit out of sustainable materials with a minimal environmental footprint. This is a momentous challenge to students who are only in their second year of study.   “We’ve had projects like this in the past, but this is the first thing we’ve built full-scale,” Swetnam told the Kentucky Kernel.   This… Continue »


UK/CoD students spend spring break in professional firms

UK/CoD students spend spring break in professional firms

  Architecture and Interiors students had the opportunity to acquire professional experience over spring break by shadowing experts in design firms all over the country.   The spring break professional experience program is designed to match students with a firm that specializes in the students’ areas of interest. The students then work alongside professionals in these firms on real world projects.   “From this experience, I narrowed down more of what I want to do after graduation,” said Interiors student… Continue »


Third Annual Preservation South Conference

Third Annual Preservation South Conference

The Historic Preservation Graduate Organization at the College of Design hosted the Third Annual Preservation South Conference February 28 – March 2. Preservation South is a student-run conference created to give historic preservation students and students in related fields an opportunity to present and learn from the research of their peers.    The weekend-long conference kicked off with a lecture by Jean Carroon, author of Sustainable Preservation: Greening Existing Buildings. Following the lecture, attendees adjourned to the Boone Center for… Continue »


UK/CoD architecture students tour CAER

UK/CoD architecture students tour CAER

Second year students in the School of Architecture had the opportunity to visit UK’s Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER).   Under the instruction of Assistant Professor of Architecture Martin Summers, students learned about material sciences, and the relationship of material research to larger problems and potential solutions.  The trip was part of ARC 231: Material & Structural Concepts that introduces technological concepts of building and its constituent material systems via spatial and formal design strategies.   Of the many… Continue »


UK/CoD students explore Thailand

UK/CoD students explore Thailand

Students from the College of Design spent the winter intercession exploring the diverse landscapes of Thailand.   Utilizing the practice of cross-cultural observation, students were tasked with examining the social, cultural, historical, and political contexts of Thailand and neighboring Cambodia.   Starting in Bangkok, students explored the stark contrasts of the vibrant city, with visits to design offices including Gensler, Bangkok and the traditional design of temples, gardens, and markets. The group then moved north to Chiang Mai, where they… Continue »


Architecture Studio Feature: Atomic City Museum

Architecture Studio Feature: Atomic City Museum

Assistant Professor of Architecture Gary Rohrbacher and his students continued their study of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) in Paducah, KY by developing concepts for an Atomic City Museum. The massive plant once produced enriched uranium for nuclear weapons and fuel for nuclear power plants. Its imminent closure leaves the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) and the US Department of Energy (USDOE) at a loss as to how to redevelop the site, to address the toxicity of the surrounding… Continue »


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