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UK/CoD has been invited to participate in Thom Mayne’s “Culture Now” project

UK/CoD has been invited to participate in Thom Mayne’s “Culture Now” project

The University of Kentucky College of Design has been invited to participate in the continuation of the “Culture Now” project, originally started as part of the SupraStudio at UCLA, run by Thom Mayne of Morphosis and assisted by Karen Lohrmann. Other programs participating in the current “Culture Now” project include Princeton, Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Syracuse, UCLA, Cornell, MIT, Penn, Michigan, Pratt, Rensselaer, and Rice. Mayne’s “Culture Now” project is an investigation of the contemporary American condition in struggling midsize American… Continue »


Scholarship and Awards Dinner 2011 - 2012

Scholarship and Awards Dinner 2011 - 2012

The College of Design held its Scholarship and Awards Dinner on Oct. 21, 2011. The College holds this annual event to celebrate the achievements of the scholarship recipients and to honor the donors who made the scholarships possible. Nearly a hundred students, alumni, faculty and friends attended the dinner at the Hilary J. Boone Center. Lexington’s Mayor, Jim Gray, addressed the dinner with a talk about the role of design in adding value to a city. He also drew upon… Continue »


Interior Design instructor Rebekah Ison led her Senior Design Studio on a trip to Chicago

Interior Design instructor Rebekah Ison led her Senior Design Studio on a trip to Chicago

Interior Design instructor Rebekah Ison led her Senior Design Studio on a trip to Chicago. Students connected with the location of their project site, conducted precedent studies, sketches and behavioral studies for a restaurant design. The students engaged with city on multiple levels. Some of the activities during the trip included: An introductory architectural riverboat tour. Neighborhood and site visits to Fulton Market. An office visit with Studio Gang. Visual communication and branding studies - a behind the scenes visit… Continue »


Freek Persyn, founder of 51N4E, led a workshop at the Louisville Water Company

Freek Persyn, founder of 51N4E, led a workshop at the Louisville Water Company

Freek Persyn, founder of 51N4E, led a workshop with College of Design students at the Louisville Water Company. The students worked with the Water Company to develop ideas and proposals  for a Water Education Center and Museum on the historic water tower property on Zorn Avenue. The company hopes to share its unique history and provide information about the relation of water to energy, technology and health. During the workshop, students worked with University of Louisville MBA students to develop… Continue »


Interior Design students exhibit, “Light, Shadow and Pattern”

Interior Design students exhibit, “Light, Shadow and Pattern”

Interior design students exhibited their project, "Light, Shadow and Pattern," in the Peace Gallery on Wednesday, September 28. The project explored the spatial possibilities of surface effects, materiality and light. Students created a series of screens, working with concepts of pattern, repetition, and figure / ground relationships, and tested the material limits of various papers and fabrics using laser cutter technology. While each screen stands alone as a finished surface, the integration of light projects the effects into space, creating… Continue »


UK/CoD Ultra High Performance Concrete Workshop

UK/CoD Ultra High Performance Concrete Workshop

The College of Design held an Ultra High Performance Concrete Workshop during the week of September 12 – 17 in Pence Hall. Siebe Bakker founder of bureaubakker, a firm that facilitates cross-disciplinary exchanges between various industries and educational institutions, and Gregor Zimmerman, CEO of G.tecz, a research and design firm that specializes in high performance concrete, taught the weeklong workshop. The workshop began with a tour of a local concrete precast company, Gate Industries in Winchester, KY, to explore how… Continue »


The College of Design Helps Create 9/11 Memorial

The College of Design Helps Create 9/11 Memorial

By Whitney Hale Ten years ago, the lives of Americans were forever changed as the nation came under attack. During the September 11 weekend people across the United States took a moment to remember those lost on 9/11. Among those coming together in memory of the fallen, was a group from the University of Kentucky College of Design who helped design a monument honoring those lost on that awful day in American history. St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Northern Kentucky was… Continue »


The ‘River Cities Tour’ Stops in Northern KY

The ‘River Cities Tour’ Stops in Northern KY

Dean Michael Speaks visited Northern Kentucky as part of the college's "River Cities Tour" on Sunday, Sept. 11. The event at BB Riverboats at the Newport Landing, in Newport, Ky., launched two new fall studios that will explore development opportunities in a string of Northern Kentucky river cities. The Newport program included the presentation and display of a design charrette focused on Northern Kentucky communities on the Ohio River. The event also celebrated UK College of Design partnerships with the… Continue »


2011 Summer Career Discovery Program

2011 Summer Career Discovery Program

CoD instructors Martin and Regina Summers led a two-week, Summer Career Discovery Program for high school juniors and seniors. Over the course of the program, 18 students were engaged in a variety of activities that emulated what it might be like to study architecture and interior design at the College of Design. The program focused on an intensive design studio experience, the core of a design degree, and allowed students to explore and evolve design ideas based on a given… Continue »


The School of Interior Design has hired three new faculty members

The School of Interior Design has hired three new faculty members

The College of Design’s School of Interior Design has hired three new faculty members who have expertise in corporate, private and academic design issues. Lindsey Guinther is a nationally certified interior designer (NCIDQ) with seven years experience in both commercial and residential design. She received her Master’s of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati with a research focus on cohousing and community planning. Guinther also attended the University of Kentucky where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in… Continue »


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