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Student Profile - Sophia Good

Student Profile - Sophia Good

This is the second part of a weekly series of interviews with students in the College of Design. Sophia Good, Third-year Interiors Student Why did you choose to attend UK? The main reason that I initially considered UK was because of the fantastic National Merit Scholarship, one of the top in the nation. However, after visiting UK, my decision was based on far more than just finances. The warmth of the faculty was far above and beyond anything I had… Continue »


Student Profile - Julia Arnold

Student Profile - Julia Arnold

This is the first part of a weekly series of interviews with students in the College of Design. Julia Arnold, 2nd year Architecture student Why did you choose UK/CoD? I don’t think that I can choose just one reason for why I decided to be a part of UK/CoD. There are just too many. Coming all the way from Birmingham, Alabama, I was really nervous about college and attending such large classes with teachers that had too many students to… Continue »


Summer Travel Studio - Florence

Summer Travel Studio - Florence

Nine students from the College of Design's Interior and Architecture programs recently returned from the seven week abitare firenze [inhabit florence] program in Italy. Under the guidance of UK’s program director Christopher Manzo, students studied buildings and spaces through first-hand observation, analysis, and drawing. Students additionally considered notions of facade, hearth, home, and living using examples dating from the Renaissance to the present. Every week of the program, students considered different palazzi (palaces/homes) in Florence as they operate at four scales:… Continue »


Summer Travel Studio - Delft

Summer Travel Studio - Delft

Five students from the UK College of Design teamed up with public administration students from Leiden University in the Netherlands to examine the relationship between cities and universities.   The students were challenged to develop design interventions that address the social, economic, and spatial integrations of academic and non-academic cultures.   Using the city of Delft and the Delft University of Technology as a case study, students spent eight weeks participating in workshops, attending lectures, and conducting site visits designed… Continue »


Summer Travel Studio - Rome & Paris

Summer Travel Studio - Rome & Paris

18 students participated in the College of Design travelled to Rome and Paris for the summer design seminar entitled “Rome and Paris: From Ancient to Modern”. Professor of Architecture Mark O’Bryan conducted students to areas that offered artifacts for study from the Bronze Age to the Twentieth Century, including divergent building and urban types, and masterpieces for the major historical periods.   Studies of the city consisted of investigation of elements, methods of organization, generative and critical strategies, the problem… Continue »


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 »


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