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UK/CoD announces renovation plans for Pence Hall

UK/CoD announces renovation plans for Pence Hall

On the eve of its 105th birthday, Pence Hall is getting a facelift.   Pence Hall, the center of the University of Kentucky College of Design, will undergo a series of renovations, including a revitalized lobby, a new dean’s suite and conference suite, and reconfigured staff areas.   “The University of Kentucky is undergoing a focused revitalization of our campus,” said university President Eli Capilouto. “A path we have chosen because of its ability to dramatically transform the way we… Continue »


Professor Filson’s architecture studio partners with CAER

Professor Filson’s architecture studio partners with CAER

By Keith Hautala, Whitney Hale, Alicia Gregory   The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research is developing green technology to capture carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants, using algae.   Four years ago, CAER and UK’s Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department set out to demonstrate that an algae-based system could recycle the carbon dioxide in flue gas. Now, with $1.8 million in funding from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, CAER is partnering with Duke Energy to… Continue »


Architecture Studio Feature: PERFORMA

Architecture Studio Feature: PERFORMA

The PERFORMA Studio at the College of Design is an intensive research and fabrication studio taught by Mike McKay. McKay’s research work involves the investigation of material systems and design strategies that create multi-performative material systems utilizing optimization, aggregation and efficiency. Simple units and semi-finished materials are physically tested in order to extract potential performative characteristics and limits. These limits are then negotiated through rigorous digital and physical techniques in order to produce strategies of fabrication. The formal systems have… Continue »


UK/CoD kicks off semester with All-College meeting

UK/CoD kicks off semester with All-College meeting

Students, faculty, and staff gathered in UK's Worsham Theatre to officially begin the 2013-2014 academic year at the College of Design.   Interim Dean Ann Whiteside-Dickson welcomed students, and she and the program directors introduced the college's new faculty and staff.   Student participants of the summer travel studios in Brazil, the Netherlands, and France recapped their experiences, and encouraged other students to take advantage of UK/CoD's travel opportunities.   Representatives from the student organizations AIAS, IDSA, and HPGO outlined… Continue »


Summer Career Discovery Program

Summer Career Discovery Program

Eighteen talented participants took part inthe UK/CoD Summer Career Discovery Program. They engaged in a variety of activities that emulated what it might be like to study architecture and interiors at the College of Design. The participants were juniors and seniors in high school, and freshmen already accepted and enrolled at UK.  The program is directed and taught by Assistant Professor of Architecture Martin Summers and Instructor of Architecture Regina Summers.   SCDP is constructed around an intensive design studio… Continue »


UK/CoD appoints program directors

UK/CoD appoints program directors

Interim Dean Ann Whiteside-DIckson recently announced the appointed directors of the College of Design's three academic units. David Biagi has been reappointed as the Director of the School of Architecture. Professor Biagi has served as head of the program since 2003. Allison Carll-White was named the Chair of the Department of Historic Preservation and the Clay Lancaster Endowed Professor. "One of my goals for the coming year is to work to make our teaching and assistantships more competitive so that… Continue »


UK/CoD students return from design studio in Delft

UK/CoD students return from design studio in Delft

Students from the UK College of Design completed an eight-week research studio in the city of Delft in the Netherlands. Working with public administration students from Leiden University, UK/CoD students researched potential interventions for the municipality of Delft. To gain a position as a "Knowledge City", Delft schools and universities must improve student retention rates and increase the percentage of well-educated students. Students also had the opportunity to visit Germany, Brussels, Belgium, and France and tour some of the most… Continue »


UK College of Design Announces School of Interiors

UK College of Design Announces School of Interiors

The University of Kentucky School of Interior Design, located within the UK College of Design, is rebranding as the UK School of Interiors: Planning/Strategy/Design. The change was officially approved at the university's most recent Board of Trustees meeting.   The name change reflects the dynamic nature of interior planning, and communicates the expertise of the professional degree. The field of study is no longer limited to the concept of interior design, but encompasses community outreach, sustainability, and environmental and workplace… Continue »


UK/CoD and LPL sponsor Makerspace Workshop

UK/CoD and LPL sponsor Makerspace Workshop

The College of Design collaborated with the Lexington Public Library to host a design workshop for teens and adults. Over the course of four days, participants were introduced to drawing, model building, and digital prototyping.   UK/CoD instructor Michael Mead led lectures and demonstrations that culminated in hands-on exercises in CNC milling, laser cutting, and 3D printing in the College's fabrication workshop.   "I thought it was a great opportunity to expose people to some of the things we do… Continue »


UK/CoD students complete design studio in Brazil

UK/CoD students complete design studio in Brazil

Students from the College of Design just returned from the remote village of Igarai, Brazil where they spent two weeks living and working on an organic sustainable coffee farm. In addition to working in the village, students spent a week in Sao Paolo, Brazil's largest city, studying the architecture present in the city.   School of Interiors instructor Rebekah Ison and nine interior design and architecture students studied the strategic space planning of sustainable industries and also developed design interventions… Continue »


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