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UK/CoD students return from design studio in Florence

UK/CoD students return from design studio in Florence

Two UK/CoD students spent the Fall 2012 semester in Florence, Italy. Sam Forman and Shannon Ruhl spent five months studying classic and contemporary architecture and traveling to more than twenty European cities in a course titled "Reading Cities".  The students participated in an urban design studio to reimagine the urban plan of Florence. They focused on redesigning of three piazzas that are visited by more than five million tourists annually.     This design studio is a partnership with Kent… Continue »


Design Adds Value to the Commons Symposium

Design Adds Value to the Commons Symposium

The College of Design hosted five internationally renowned landscape architect teams in a symposium to discuss the merits of good design in an urban environment. Mark Johnson of Civitas, Shane Coen of Coen+Partners, Petra Blaisse of Inside Outside, Julien de Smedt & Diana Balmori of JDS Architects/Balmori Associates and Kate Orff of Scape addressed a crowd of over two hundred students, faculty, city officials, industry professionals and members of the public at the Lexington Children's Theatre. Dean Michael Speaks moderated… Continue »


ID students exhibit design proposals

ID students exhibit design proposals

The third-year students in the School of Interior Design hosted an exhibition of their proposed designs for an arts center and performance venue in Harlan County at Awesome, Inc. in Lexington, KY. The exhibition featured the proposals for the conversion of an abandoned furniture store into an art and community center.  The center will include a performance space, gallery, coffee shop, three studio classrooms, as well as an apartment for visiting artists.  The students also provided designs for a series… Continue »


Fall 2012 Final Reviews

Fall 2012 Final Reviews

UK/CoD faculty and students wrapped up the Fall 2012 semester with final reviews of their studio projects. Architecture and Interior Design students participated in final review sessions over the course of the week, and garnered feedback from their instructors, classmates, other faculty members, and invited industry professionals.    These projects included:   Kyle Miller's second year undergraduate design studio, which focused on developing formal-spatial relationships through investigating form making techniques and massing strategies. Each student worked independently to design a… Continue »


UK/CoD hosts charrette on Lexington’s Distillery District

UK/CoD hosts charrette on Lexington’s Distillery District

UK/CoD architecture students presented their urban planning approaches and building designs for Lexington’s Distillery District with Kentucky and Ohio architects and faculty. The third-year design students in Professor Gregory Luhan’s Fall 2012 studio are examining the rubrics of Authenticity and Permanence as a means to “Get-Centered” and to develop an AIA-KY Center for Architecture. Using their pre-design techniques to re-imagine the context and to design a repository for Kentucky's design research enterprise and an incubator for emerging practitioners, students were… Continue »


Olson-Kundig architects lead student workshop

Olson-Kundig architects lead student workshop

Architects Kristen R. Murray, AIA and Steven Rainville, AIA of Olson-Kundig Architects in Seattle led a design workshop for UK students and students visiting from Ball State University. Olson-Kundig Architects was a keynote speaker at the 2012 AIA Kentucky/AIA Indiana Convention held in Lexington, KY. The workshop was organized by UK/CoD professor Martin Summers. Olson-Kundig Architects has recently been selected to design the new Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle. Based on this commission, Murray and Rainville led students in an… Continue »


Interior Design students host project exhibition

Interior Design students host project exhibition

First-year students in the School of Interior Design hosted an exhibition of their latest project in the cooridor gallery of the Funkhouser Building. Students were challenged to create a three dimensional parti of an interior or building by a designer. The models convey the most fundamental elements and principles of design contained in the building. Students illustrated the ideas as a conceptual representation of those design concepts. Continue »


2012 Scholarship and Awards Dinner

2012 Scholarship and Awards Dinner

Students, faculty, and invited guests gathered at UK's Boone Center for the 2012 Scholarship and Awards Dinner on October 18. Students who received scholarships from the College of Design were recognized, and many were able to meet and thank those responsible for their funding.   The College of Design also gave out two awards. The Alumnus of the Year Award was given to Scott Veazey '74. Veazy of Evansville, IN, has served on the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards… Continue »


Historic Preservation students participate in dry stone construction workshop

Historic Preservation students participate in dry stone construction workshop

Graduate students from the Department of Historic Preservation traveled to Pine Mountain, KY to participate in a dry stone construction class. Students worked under the direction of Richard Tuffnell of the Dry Stone Conservancy to cut and place stones in a stable and aesthetically pleasing manner to ultimately construct a dry stone masonry retaining wall for the Pine Mountain Settlement School.  The dry stone construction trip is a yearly tradition for Historic Preservation students. It serves to foster an interest… Continue »


UK/CoD hosts MICD East Regional Session

UK/CoD hosts MICD East Regional Session

On October 10-12, the College of Design hosted the 2012 East Regional Session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD). The conference, which is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, was held in conjunction with the City of Lexington and MICD Staff. The Institute features collaborative sessions where Mayors present a case study on an issue in urban design facing their city to a resource team of professionals. The closed door sessions are designed to foster an… Continue »


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