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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 »


Fall 2013 Reviews

Fall 2013 Reviews

The College of Design wrapped up the Fall 2013 semester with a series of final reviews featuring the culmination of the semester's research. Below is a short description of four studios, which are featured in the slideshow above, along with many other exemplary projects: Martin Summers's Disruptive Continuity studio, which sets out to explore the nature of the contemporary library within rapidly transforming technological, cultural, social, political and environmental contexts. Lindsey Guinther's healthcare environments studio, in which students studied healthcare… Continue »


UK/CoD hosts design and research showcase

UK/CoD hosts design and research showcase

University of Kentucky College of Design hosted a design and research showcase for the members of Leadership Lexington, a leadership development program sponsored by Commerce Lexington.   The showcase exhibited the research and service projects developed and executed by UK/CoD students and faculty that directly benefited the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its citizens.   The visiting group had the opportunity to speak with faculty and students and learn more about the College of Design projects in depth.   The displayed… Continue »


Architecture Studio Feature: Disruptive Continuity

Architecture Studio Feature: Disruptive Continuity

This architecture studio sets out to explore the nature of the contemporary library within rapidly transforming technological, cultural, social, political and environmental contexts. How can a contemporary library support the evolving nature of services, public access, public space, and shared cultural values within a static architectural construction? Can the architectural design process harness the digital tools to find value added solutions?    The initial exercise attempts to isolate issues related to digital process and rapid prototyping technologies. This isolation allows… Continue »


HP students successfully campaign for Spindletop’s inclusion on National Register

HP students successfully campaign for Spindletop’s inclusion on National Register

UK/CoD Historic Preservation students scored a victory for Lexington's famed Spindletop Hall.   After two years of work, the iconic property was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.   "It's an honorific list; it tells our story", said Rachel Kennedy, Executive Director of Preservation Kentucky, the state's preservation office. "This property will be forever more listed in the National Register based on its significance."   "This building was one of… Continue »


Interiors students analyze healthcare environments

Interiors students analyze healthcare environments

The fourth-year students in the University of Kentucky School of Interiors participating in Assistant Professor Lindsey Guinther’s healthcare design studio recently traveled to Nashville, TN to more closely examine their studio project’s context. The visit offered students the opportunity to more personally connect with their site, which will be home to a seven-story new construction medical facility.   The students engaged with healthcare design professionals at the Nashville based Gresham, Smith & Partners. Here, Principal and Workplace Strategist Jack Weber,… Continue »


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