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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 »


School of Interiors Advisory board meets with students and faculty

School of Interiors Advisory board meets with students and faculty

Faculty and students of the School of Interiors hosted the first advisory board meeting of the 2013-2014 academic year in September. Alumni Eileen Jones, Luann Holmes, and Chris Estes met with students, faculty, and staff to discuss the future of the interior design profession, as well as the educational and professional opportunities for students in the School of Interiors.   As a central purpose of the meeting, teams of advisors, faculty, staff, and students articulated their visions for the future… Continue »


Masquerade Exhibition: Speculative, Spectacular!

Masquerade Exhibition: Speculative, Spectacular!

Speculative, Spectacular!  displays 15 unique masks along with a collection of study models, analytical drawings, conceptual images and animations that act as a preliminary exercise for Akari Takebayashi's third year architecture design studio.  The studio investigates an architecture that questions the conventional notion of building envelope and aims to reestablish a new relationship between inside and outside.  The goal is to deliver a project, a center for music and dance, that poses a unique and rich experience within a compelling… Continue »


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 »


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